WASHINGTON – Voters who demanded Washington rein in the nation's spiraling debt are getting a message from President Barack Obama and leaders of his deficit commission: It'll hurt.
A proposal released Wednesday by the bipartisan leaders of the commission suggested cuts to Social Security benefits, deep reductions in federal spending and higher taxes for millions of Americans to stem the flood of red ink that they say threatens the nation's very future. The popular child tax credit and mortgage interest deduction would be eliminated.
Interest groups on the right and the left squealed, predictably, about the plan, which would cut total deficits by as much as $4 trillion over the next decade — much of it from programs long considered all but sacred.
The full commission has yet to make its recommendations, and the chairmen acknowledged their plan was so controversial that it's dead on arrival. But they said putting it forth would prompt a more realistic national debate about what it will take to solve the nation's fiscal woes.
For anyone who has read Naomi Klein's Shock & Awe, this is an all too familiar strategy. Crash the economy & then institute unpopular austerity measures. If the people don't like it, send in the death squads & break out the torture chambers. Now its coming to America.
Of course, Americans have been molded into such passive & neutered lumps of dough, they'll probably just roll over & say "Thank you master. May I have another."
If Americans had any guts left they'd break out the guillotines for the wealthy leeches who have been enriching themselves on American blood & sweat for decades.
It will never happen though.
Americans are so far into fantasy land with video games & pointless sports addictions & celebrity worship that they won't notice the corn-holing they're about to get until it's much too late.
I'd bet that the military will miraculously escape the chopping block. They always do. Eisenhower warned everyone about the military/industrial complex 49 years ago and nobody listened.
For about 15 minutes on 911, I entertained the idea that America just might wake from its slumber after seeing so many Americans die while their multi-trillion dollar military sat on its thumbs and rotated. It was amazing how an industry that bills itself as "defense" managed to defend no one on that day.
But no, we just climbed back on that red, white & blue leech & fed it more fucking money & gleefully sent it off to murder somebody. It was completely & utterly irrelevant who that somebody was. The really funny bit is that that somebody will most likely be us in the near future.
Irony. Black as night irony. Learn to love it America. Learn to wrap your mouths around its pecker & suck for all your worth. Because that's all we have left here in the land of the overweight & the home of the stupid.
I found this bit written by Jung, and while it was aimed at Communist state dictatorships, it is eerily prescient in describing the 21st century American corporate state.
Then, of course, there's Killing Joke, who are as relevant today as they were during Reagan's tenure as Commander & Thief.