August 31, 2010
-- by Dave Johnson
The President has a commission looking at ways to reduce the budget deficits which were caused by tax cuts for the rich and military spending increases. Social Security – which has no legal authority to borrow money, so it can't contribute to deficits – is on the table for cuts, at least as far as We, the People are allowed to know. (The commission meets in secret.) That's BS.
Another reason we know SS is on the table is that almost all of the members of the commission have spoken in the past of their inclination to cut or privatize the program. That’s BS.
Republican members of the commission have said in advance that taxes will not be on the table. That’s BS.
In fact, conservatives of both parties are arguing to extend the expiring Bush tax cuts for the rich! That's BS.
The country spends up to $1.2 trillion a year on wasteful, bloated military and related programs, more than all the rest of the countries on earth combined, but the commission isn't talking about cutting that down to, say, only three times our nearest possible competitor? That's BS.
Social Security being involved with this commission at all is BS. If they want to cut something they should cut the BS.
If you want to fix the deficits, fix the problems that caused the deficits, not things that can't. Speaker Pelosi said in July that talking about SS and the deficits are like apples and oranges. With this in mind Rep. Raul Grijalva says Congress should preempt this, and demand that Social Security be left alone.
Posted by Dave Johnson at August 31, 2010 9:13 AM
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