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I wrote about this a week ago, but the Beacon editors typed up a fine editorial this morning entitled "Unbalanced Budget" which addresses the same issue. Paul Ryan and his Beat-up on the Poor Budget. The editorial points out Ryan's hope to spare any cuts to the Defense Dept. in any new budgeting agreement that avoids honoring the original "trigger" agreement. The Defense Dept's budget has doubled since the Codpiece was inaugurated in 2001. Doubled. Ryan and his Rote Republicans point, screeching, like the pod people in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, at defense secretary Leon Panetta's words for the cover needed to feel good about, then, bashing the poor and the needy like prick "hunters" clubbing seals.
Panetta warned that the coming military cuts because of "sequestration" would be "devastating." To greedy defense contractor oligarchs, sure.....but in reality, Panetta's, and Obama's, expansion of the bogusly-named "war on terror" into 6 or 7 foreign countries has actually been the catalyst for more Islamic radicals being willing to hurt, or kill, Americans,. not less. So, no.....cutting Defense according to "sequestration" rules won't be devastating to national defense. The less we expand our Drone World War, the safer Americans will be. Panetta...and not surprisingly...has it backwards.
Paul Ryan is telling his zombie House brethren to vote no on cutting defense spending and to vote yes on clubbing baby seals....no wait...scratch that....and to vote yes on clubbing the poor and the elderly. Now, let's get some things straight before I move on....Paul Ryan is an appendage, say, like, a penis, of America's richest few. Nothing more. Ryan is in Congress to do the bidding of the already-rich and powerful......and so his total lack of human compassion and empathy is understandable. Corporations, unlike the real human beings the Roberts Court equates them with, are emotionless, heartless, soul-less.....and could care less about the littles. I'm certain there are some exceptions, but, as a rule, what powerful and rich corporations in America want is less regulation and little-to-no tax responsibilities, so that these corporate leaders can please themselves and their also-rich, majority shareholders...rest of the world be damned.
Ryan's role as appendage to the rich and powerful is to muddy the sequestration waters just enough to protect the poor rich dears from any sacrificing. The rich don't do sacrificing....because they are privileged in America. Here's where the Beacon editors hit it out of the park......
Paul Ryan declares that “we need to grow the economy,” adding that the House legislation would do just that. Actually, fiscal restraint is something for the longer term. The evidence in Europe reveals (again) that austerity dampens economic activity. Thankfully, the legislation doesn’t have a chance in the Democratic-led Senate. Still, the callousness deserves emphasis. It asks the poor to carry an excessive load and adds to their troubles with measures that promise to slow the recovery.
Yes and yes. A corollary of voodoo economics (cutting taxes produces more tax revenue than the amount cut) is "growing the economy" by cutting government spending. Just like the "cutting taxes" part.....this is also batsh*t nutty, and especially so while the country is still in recovery from an historic recession.
The truth here is that European attempts to "grow the economy" by cutting government spending have failed....miserably. Expansionary austerity is what it sounds like......an effing contradiction. Also, too.....and you may not know this....if the redneck, I mean red state governors throughout America had held off on slashing and burning public sector jobs, the nation would have 500,000 more people working today. The unemployment rate would drop to the low 7%, high 6% level. Sure, states had to balance their budgets, but alternatives to slashing public employees and blowing up public unions would have served the nation better.
Then the Beacon editors wax..... shrill......"the callousness deserves emphasis". Oh my. Paul Ryan's "callousness" in his approach to the poor, the sick and the elderly....."deserves emphasis." Indeed it does. Not only would Ryan trade kid's health care and services for the elderly for more Hellfire missiles.....but just like with any corporate decision, he is callous and heartless about his choices. Ryan simply ignores or is indifferent to the consequences of his government spending choices.....and that illustrates Ryan's 'callousness." Ryan simply does not give a damn if austerity-for-thee-but-not-for-me wreaks havoc and misery in the lives of millions of unfortunate Americans. The thought doesn't even faze the Wisconsin Badgerer-of-the-Weak.
In this, Ryan is acting consistently with his Medicare-Lite plan. The thought that seniors under his Lite program would have to pay $6000 more per year for the same Medicare services seniors receive today under traditional Medicare was simply ignored, as if it were an unimportant footnote. "Callousness."
When Republicans and conservatives tell other Americans that food stamps and unemployment checks make people fat and listless, when they tell us that teachers, nursing home workers, police, road crew workers and firefighters are overpaid, pampered "takers", and when they choose to spend billions more on GameBoy War machines making us all less safe, while simultaneously clubbing children, the poor and the elderly.......their "callousness deserves emphasis."
And that's why The Reverend blogs.....to provide the needed "emphasis."