Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The Fiscal Bargain is LAME, LAME, LAME!!

Graphic courtesy of Father Tyme

Our toady lawmakers, including the President, hid behind the manufactured budget hysteria, and chose to leave huge corporate handouts in place, handing out big breaks to Hollywood, NASCAR, mining companies, Goldman Sachs headquarters in NYC, and the Big Banks. They also chose to raise taxes on working Americans, by letting the payroll tax cut expire. This means an immediate 2% tax hike on every worker, costing each worker up to $1000.00 per year (or more). Apparently not able to grasp the concept that no deal is better than a bad deal, they forged a last-minute mess that should leave dems ashamed - not grinning for photo opps.

What COULD Have Been Done Instead, if Our Lawmakers Weren't Corrupt Lackeys for Billionaires: 

 -A transaction tax on Wall Street trades of .03 per $100.00 could have been implemented.

-Nonsensical, wasteful Pentagon spending could have been eliminated.

-Fossil fuel subsidies could have been cut in half.

-ALL of the Bush tax cuts for millionaires could have been axed.

-Eliminate corporate off-shore tax shelters.

But of course, our legislators didn't have the will or the spine to stand up to the big-money lobbies. Meanwhile, these sell-outs are enjoying their lifelong benefits which we pay for, like their pensions, healthcare, security, and whatnot. Obama even mandated a pay raise for this do-nothing Congress! You can bet that none of them are going to be living on Social Security only, struggling to buy food, heat, and medicine. The House even had the gall to adjourn without passing the Hurricane Sandy relief bill, thanks to the repug "leadership".  Outrageous and absolutely inexcusable!

The zeal to slash anything that benefits the public is what we expect from the repugs. Their self-serving greed and avarice is a given, as predictable as the sunrise. But don't ever forget that the offer to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid came from a democratic president who just won an election. And won it in no small part due to promises to protect Social Security and Medicare, and making the rich pay their fair share for a change. Is there anything this guy won't cave on? It'll be interesting to see how the Obamabots spin this one. I'm  sure that true to form, they'll have great excuses for him.

What does it take for Americans to realize this government is broken? As in no longer working for citizens? What will it take for citizens who still have some semblance of a brain to stop pretending that either wing of our one political party gives a damn about us?


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Watching The Young Turks on Current tonight, Cenk Uygur was livid about the piss-poor "compromise" the Democrats agreed to on this piece-of-shit legislation.

As usual, and as we've come to expect, Obama throws the American people under the bus after talking tough against the elite and corporations during the presidential campaign.

He's a Trojan Horse. There's no other rational explanation.

By the way, great post!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

He's a used Trojan.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

If you need more proof of just how much of a rape date drug Congress and the Emporer pulled on the American Public, just go here;

I guess those involved forgot to mention the extra perks and bennys to corporations when they were trying to scare uninformed, stupid, apathetic Americans into agreeing that we needed this or we'd just fall on over that there cliff.

Turns out the "cliff" was just another speed bump on the way to American Assholes!

10:11 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Good article, thanks for the link!
I'm extremely pissed off, and I would love for more folks to sit up and take note of what has actually occurred with this deal.

On the other hand, most people only get the most limited,
government-approved script version of events from mainstream corporate media, which was instrumental in whipping up a hysterical pitch about the their manufactured "fiscal cliff".

You have to really search out accurate and detailed information on your own now, and I'm sure many are too overwhelmed (or under-motivated) to do that. But we have to now, or we won't have a shred of the country we used to have. It may already be too late, but awareness can still inform our actions, at least - for the massive effort ahead that lies ahead.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Dredd said...

Plutocracies function to engorge the plutocrats at the expense of the precariat (those who live precarious lives as a result).

The only thing that changes is the propaganda used to cover and gloss over the reality.

10:28 AM  
Blogger The Kind Vampire said...

This is a collective societal issue. Give the majority of Americans their TV's, cars, and electronic toys which they don't need and you have a society that's asleep, deaf, dumb, and blind.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

You guys are spot-on.

4:11 PM  

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