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Submitted by lizpolaris on

In other news, I felt a moment of terror/horror/vertigo reading this Obama holiday interview with CSPAN.

So we've got a short-term problem, which is we had to spend a lot of money to salvage our financial system, we had to deal with the auto companies, a huge recession which drains tax revenue at the same time it's putting more pressure on governments to provide unemployment insurance or make sure that food stamps are available for people who have been laid off...The short-term problem is dwarfed by the long-term problem. And the long-term problem is Medicaid and Medicare.

Oh, I think I get it now. That housing bubble and the failed banks and the deregulation and the auto industry failure and the credit default swaps market crashing and etc etc etc - that's all just some minor pesky little short term problem that Bush and Obama have thrown so much money at our great grand children will still be paying for it.

The REAL problem is two government programs providing health care for poor and senior citizens. So Obama, just for the sake of argument, if we zeroed out those programs tomorrow, tossing the patients out in the gutter and letting them die but the government gets to save every dime it would have spent on them and all the $$ in the future it would not spend - would that solve the government deficit problem or rescue the entire economy? The answer is no. I'm not an economist and I'm certain the answer is no. Therefore, our long-term problem is NOT Medicare and Medicaid - and by the way, it IS dwarfed by the multitrillions you just gave away with no accountability to the banksters.

Obama's rhetoric on this is precisely what I would have expected to hear out of the mouth of some rabid pro-corporatist Republican trying to scrap government aid to the underpriveledged in order to benefit the private sector. Sickening.