Message to right wing Democrats at Third Way: Get real.
Bill Schneider seems to be one of the more rational pundits at Third Way, purportedly a Democratic website. You can read his sensible article on jobs, not cuts below. As for some of the others at this site, with right wing extremists like they are, who needs Republicans.
Ship wrecked: Washington DC with the Republicans in charge of both houses of Congress and the Democrats triangulating.
The extremists are spouting Republican talking points about entitlement “reform.” There’s that obnoxious, deceitful word again. “Reform” in the DC lexicon is a synonym for slash and burn and it applies only to those programs from which the working and middle classes benefit.
In a recent article cleverly disguised as a reasoned approach to entitlement (yes that’s right, here’s that right wing word again that extremist Republicans love to use – “reform”), four pundits, count ’em four, suggest repackaging the “reform” message by scrapping the shared sacrifice meme and slicking it up a bit to read security and growth. What unmitigated prattle!
You’ve got to read this article if only because it is so openly sophomoric and represents the epitome of Democratic knuckling under. The article whines that “entitlements are unlikely to be the Republican Waterloo.”
Well, how about doing everything in your power to make it their Waterloo. Hello, Barack. Barack are you there?
Oh, wait. This one’s even better. “The deficit will be one of the two defining issues of 2012. Of course, it will. Because the Republicans say it will and you guys are bending over backwards to make it happen.
And then there’s this: “Americans are at an unprecedented level of deficit sensitivity.” Oh, yeah. Who says? Why the Republicans of course.
The Third Way is shaping up to be nothing more than a bunch of weak kneed Republican enablers.
Now fellows it’s time you realized there are opinions in this country that exist outside the beltway.
Here’s some news. The deficit “crisis” is a fabricated issue. Just made up out of thin air by Republicans to destroy Obama’s presidency. They have openly admitted that’s their goal. And fellas, get this. How do they destroy Obama? Well, by destroying the economy of course. How do you destroy the economy even more than it already is? Now stay with me on this, boys, OK. You destroy it by cutting government spending thereby ending all hope of any stimulus and deliberately increasing unemployment.
Now how do you get away with this unscrupulous behavior. Well, that shouldn’t be too hard too figure out. Any suggestions, fellas. Yes, that’s right. You create a crisis. I believe you fellas are finally catching on. It doesn’t have to be a real crisis. A phony one will do. Now let’s see here. What’s a good crisis? I know! A deficit crisis! Wow! Why didn’t we think of that one before? Are you starting to get my drift yet fellas?
Now let’s summarize so we’re all clear about what’s happening. The Republicans want to destroy Obama’s presidency. The best way to do that is to destroy the economy by minimizing and withholding any stimulus spending. And guess what, just as you planned, unemployment increases. Next you claim that the stimulus you just eviscerated isn’t working. Now for the beauty of it all. You see, there’s this thing called the deficit. Sure it’s there and just waiting to be perverted into an issue. So how do you do that? Well, let’s see. You call it a crisis. Capiche.
Now, let’s back up. You can understand now that while there is a deficit it is not a crisis. It’s a phony issue to support an unscrupulous plan to takeover the government in 2012. Even if it means increasing the economic suffering of millions of Americans. After all, they’re just the small people and don’t matter much in the grand scheme of things.
And by the way, how can you tell it’s a phony issue? Well, the worst thing you can do in a genuine deficit crisis is to cut taxes. And that is exactly what the Republicans are proposing to do.
And just to bring you up to date on what’s happening in the real country, the Democrats won an election in New York where the chief issue revolved around cuts to Medicare and the Republican who supported the cuts lost.
You can Google that if you don’t believe me.
Also, poll after poll indicate that the American people oppose cuts to the social safety net and support raising taxes on the wealthy.
Just thought I’d mention this. Here’s a real plan to buttress Social Security. Removing the cap while retaining the current benefit level. That just about fixes it. Of course, Republicans will never support such a plan for two reasons. They are ideologically fossilized and genetically incapable of supporting a simple and sensible tax increase. And second because that’s no way to destroy a presidency and win elections.
Oh, I almost forgot. Have you heard about the Congressional Progressive Caucus deficit reduction plan? It’s a really good plan and it’s been out for a while. You might want to give Jan Schakowsky a call. She can fill you in.