The games have begun as the Obamans ‘negotiate’ the fiscal cliff with the GOP. The marching orders trumpeted for public consumption by Dem Senate Boss Lovable Harry Reid declare benefits ‘off the table’ (See how Dems are protecting you?) and not to be cut by the hate-filled Republicans. This leaves some of us wondering why the Dems claim to be negotiating, since cutting benefits is the only available solution to overspending other than tax hikes. And the tax hike needed to erase the deficit without cuts will be around $1.1 trillion, an amount that would suck so much money from the economy that the poor thing would simply collapse, like any other body with all the blood sucked out of it. Harry baby must be playing a deeper game than he’s letting on, right?
You can count on that with good ol’ Harry. While he’s out front reassuring his suckers–excuse me, the American people–that their benefits are safe in Democratic hands, the Center for American Progress, a White House footsie-playing think tank, has quietly proposed what seems likely to happen: Substantial Medicare CUTS. The Medicare cuts already in Obamacare went over so well, given the election results, what politician standing atop a bankrupt government could resist reaching for more? So now we know the plan; gather ’round and look it over. It’s you’re new reality from your reelected politicians, the grifters who just took you through the fun zone they called an election.
Here’s how it lays out in front of us: The Dems and the hard-hearted, mean-spirited GOP will duke it out (behind closed doors, where they’re actually playing pinochle) where the Dems will protect the benefits and the GOP will declaim spending what we don’t have, both posturing for the voters and being terribly bipartisan and sincere in the news briefs while trashing each other. Towards the end of the year, or in the new year depending upon what they’ve agreed to do, they’ll either use the ‘fiscal cliff’ (the sunset of the Bush tax cuts with some already passed spending cuts of the same magnitude) to begin American austerity (blaming Republican intransigence) or the GOP will join the Dems in a modified version via legislation. And since the entire deficit is Social Security, Medicare et al. and our imperial military, all that is where the cutting will occur and from where the blood will flow. All the maneuvering is over who will own the blame as masses bleed.
American voters seem to resemble those Europeans rioting over reduced spending on social services over there. How much money do they think their riots add to government cash flow? The behavioral age of the E.U. electorate these days seems about four years old. From the crowd-control preparations it’s been making, Congress seems to expect the same from Americans. Well, that’s sense; it’s about how they treat us these days, right? We’re told now how to live, what to eat, what to drive, what health care we can have…
So now you know what to expect, thanks to ol’ Harry and the Center for American Progress. (Funny name for an outfit planning to shift the country into reverse.) How do you predict the happy voters whose victory emplaced all this are going feel about it all as it unfolds? And who (certainly not themselves) will they blame?