In early January, 2009, before Barack Obama was inauguarated president, he fielded questions from ABC's George Stephanopoulos.....
I asked the president-elect, "At the end of the day, are you really talking about over the course of your presidency some kind of grand bargain? That you have tax reform, healthcare reform, entitlement reform including Social Security and Medicare, where everybody in the country is going to have to sacrifice something, accept change for the greater good?"
"Yes," Obama said.....
"And eventually sacrifice from everyone?" I asked.
"Everybody’s going to have to give. Everybody’s going to have to have some skin in the game," Obama said.
That, from a freshly elected Democratic president. A corporate Democratic president. A neo-liberal, corporate Democratic president. A neo-liberal, corporate Democratic president who had no idea at the time how extensive or damaging the 2nd Great Depression would be.
So, when Barack Obama finally leaked to the NY Times this week that his soon-to-be-released 2013 budget would include some skin from all seniors in the United States.....he was simply fulfilling an earlier promise to make geezers sacrifice.
Call it Chained CPI, call it the Chain of Fools, call it Chain Sawing, whatever ......what it is is a CUT in the amount Social Security recipients receive each month. No matter that the Social Security program has never added anything to our national deficit or debt.....Obama and his oligarch-buddies need "skin in the game".....even if it's dried up, gnarled up, wrinkled up geezer skin.
The Reverend has been warning about this for years. Despite a traincar load of right wing nonsense claiming President Obama is a socialist monster out to destroy capitalism by redistributing the tax dollars of white "job creators" to not-so-white "takers" and "parasites"......the truth, as usual, is something else entirely.
The U.S. Treasury has borrowed a couple trillion dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund. By law, SS can not ever add to the nation's deficit.....and therefore, it can't add to the national debt either. Clearly, Social Security has had nothing to do with our 2nd Great Depression.....will never go bankrupt.....and is able, right now, to pay out full benefits through the early 2030's, and that's if nothing is done to the program.
But no matter....Obama wants that geezer-skin. Has always wanted it. Perhaps to display on his mantle, or something.....as his contribution to the great and worthy cause of further enriching the already enriched. Obama, the blood-sacrifice-believing Christian, needs some sacrifice from the elderly.....in order to proceed to the promised land of "broadening the base and lowering rates" for the rich corporate barons who provided the wherewithal for his election and re-election.
Unwavering Obama defenders are writing today that Obama is trying to appear to be "the most reasonable person in the room" with his offering up of geezer-skin.....a president more than willing to compromise for the greater, you know, good. Others suggest that Obama, no kidding, might be able to move Cro-Magnon Republicans closer to a 'grand bargain' if he humbly brings enough geezer-skin to the GOP Altar to Beelzebub. Yeah, that'll happen...
“If the president believes these modest entitlement savings are needed to help shore up these programs, there’s no reason they should be held hostage for more tax hikes,” Boehner added.
Chief Orange Julius looked at the geezer-skin Obama presented as an offering to Baal...and responded, 'Is that all? Baal requires blood, not just skin. The GOP godz are looking for something a little more Hannibal Lecter, if you get my drift.'
That geezer skin is too "modest", Boehner said, suggesting that only deeper, artery- cutting skinning of geezers will be acceptable to Baal and his voodoo-economic worshippers. In addition, tax hikes on our rich betters....aka, rich skin in the game....ain't happening because, hey, "the president got his tax hikes on the wealthy with no corresponding spending cuts."
Now the kicker. Obama offers up Social Security. The first time ever that a Democratic president has offered up Social Security. Boehner and his Baal worshippers won't accept the geezer skin because it's too "modest" and it's linked to skin-giving by the rich. Ipso facto, nothing will pass.
But sure as I'm sitting here typing, Republicans all across this land with an eye to 2014 will blast Democrats for Obama's public proposal to cut Social Security....just as Republicans campaigned against Democrats for Obama's "cutting" of Medicare.
And THAT is what the GOP Baal worshippers have been after all along.
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