My February 2011 "Daily Kos" Diary On Social Security Reform--Revisted [Corrected Version]
[Tue Feb 01, 2011 at 03:36 PM PST]
SOCIAL SECURITY "OFF THE TABLE?" YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING!!!
Much has been made of Senator Harry Reid's comment that "Social Security is Off the Table." Indeed, if you listen to the video released by the DPPP you hear him make assurances that he will fight to prevent Republicans from privatizing or dismantling Social Security. No where does he state that ANY CHANGES OR CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY ARE OFF THE TABLE.
And, considering the fact that Paul Ryan has never had a substantial number of Republicans, much less Democrats, backing his "A Roadmap for America's Future" bill, I consider the Democratic Party leaders to be engaging in demagoguery, in order to frighten the Democratic Party base.
Liberals, progressives, moderates, conservatives--you'd better wake up!!! It is NOT just the Republican party that is determined to destroy social security as we know it. Indeed, I suspect that much of this inside-the-beltway activity is just a distraction designed to prevent any serious mobilization efforts on the part of Democratic Party and/or progressive activists.
I don't believe that submitting petitions, making phone calls, and sending e-mails will be sufficient to stop the well organized and well financed drive underway to destroy this vital insurance program. Protecting Social Security AS IT EXISTS TODAY will probably not happen unless the masses can be mobilized to peacefully rally in Washington to demand it.
Senator Sanders and several other Senators are vowing to fight "the privatization and dismantling of Social Security." But at no time do they ever say that cutting social security is "off the table." Indeed, they very carefully parse their words.
My point is this: We have our work cut out for us!!! Please don't let the numerous intentionally misleading "headlines" give you a false sense of security that the Democratic Party leadership is committed to protecting or strengthening Social Security as it exists today.
In the first place, words such as "protect, strengthen and reform" are simply code words for cutting benefits, and should be viewed as such. And increasingly, it appears that Democrats may simply be attempting to set up a "straw man" with this privatization argument.
I believe that they are hoping that "the American People" will be so relieved when they put a stop to the privatization of Social Security, that they will gratefully accept the draconian cuts recommended in the Bowles-Simpson Fiscal Commission Report.
Think about it.
* [new] what an idiotic diary, (7+ / 0-)
"We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature." - Rachel Carson, American Author and Marine Biologist
by GlowNZ on Tue Feb 01, 2011 at 03:55:31 PM PST
* [new] I know. The new standard for outrage at Dem (3+ / 0-)
perfidity is: "THEY DIDN'T SAY EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED THEM TO SAY IN EXACTLY THE WAY I WANTED THEM TO SAY IT EVEN IF WHAT THEY SAID WAS PROGRESSIVE !!!!!!!!"
Oh noes! This means they're still going to privatize SS and give all the money to the banksters!!!!
Dag, I hate when this passes for a DK diary.
by HamdenRice on Tue Feb 01, 2011 at 04:51:40 PM PST
Only posted three diaries there, for obvious reasons. Usually they were ignored, or the comments amounted to ad hominem attacks or insults.