Seemingly minutes after the election ended, the media already began harping on talk over “the fiscal cliff.”
This is all surrounding the mandatory cuts that are set to kick in automatically, after the last ‘Grand Bargain’ talks failed, unless Congress rescinds the provision of automatic cuts beforehand (and/or makes different cuts — because, let’s all be honest, significant new revenue will not be on the table).
The Catfood Corps has been out in full force, with guys like former Governor Ed Randell all over the airwaves harping on how Democrats have to cut Social Security.
We’ve all been to this rodeo before. The very sensationalist description of the upcoming debate — naming it “the fiscal cliff” — screams of Manufactured Crisis.
Let this diary serve as a warning, if you haven’t connected the dots already. Be aware of it; don’t believe it; call it out and describe what’s really happening to all your friends, fast. Call your congressman or women, and your Senators, to demand they not touch Social Security.
We have to fight Manufactured Crises right from the very start, before they can take grip across the nation. If we do, the Manufactured Crisis will fail, laughably so.
Social Security has absolutely, positively nothing to do with the budget shortfalls or national debt — which is precisely why the corporate raiders keep calling their political raiders to go after it.
There’s so much money in the trust fund that these people are salivating over it, desperate to loot it. They want to take your money — that you’ve been paying into the system for your entire life — and add it to their profits, even if that’s by using the trust fund to keep funding more corporate loopholes and corporate welfare for the likes of Big Oil.
There’s no reason that the national debt has to be “solved,” in one fell swoop, during the lame duck session. The problem was created over the course of a decade, if not several; we can solve it, one step at a time, over the period of years.
By fostering a Manufactured Crisis, Congress isn’t trying to tackle a problem they honestly think must be solved before January 1st. They simply want to give themselves two full years to hope voters will forget the disasters they’d inflict on their constituents by carving away badly-needed funds from retirees on fixed incomes, doing the dirty deeds during the holiday season and after the elections, when they think no one is paying attention.
Moreover, they’re doing it now so they can place the blame from any of the draconian cuts on those Congresspeople who lost their seats or are retiring.
They want to pull one over us. Don’t let them.
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