View Full Version : "We Won't Pay For Their Crisis."

01-07-2011, 02:17 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">January 06, 2011 01:00 PM
Words To Remember: 'We Won't Pay For Their Crisis'
By Susie Madrak

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>John Nichols from The Nation spells it out in plain language:</span>

In 2010, the new theme of the Washington elites was that the U.S. had spent itself into a financial mess. President Obama's "Deficit Commission," Republicans in Congress and even some Democrats were all saying that the country was broke and that it was going to be necessary to put Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs at risk to balance the books.

That's right. They want working Americans to sacrifice in order to pay off the debts they ran up on their wars and bailouts? And what do defense contractors and big banks get under the scenario that is currently in play? More federal contracts, more bailouts, more tax breaks.

The close of 2010 saw the Obama administration and congressional Republicans working together to extend tax breaks for billionaires, create new estate-tax exemptions for millionaires and weaken the underpinnings of Social Security. Now, Washington is abuzz with speculation about the prospect that the next Obama-GOP project will be a formal assault on Social Security. Medicare and Medicaidówith an announcement coming in the State of the Union address.

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>What's the proper response?

Remember who got us in this mess?</span>

Reject the spin of those who would suggest that "entitelment programs" ever were or are the problem.Recognize the genius of the slogan heard on the streets of European cities as governments sought to spread the pain caused by financial speculators to the whole society.The banners declared: <span style='font-size: 17pt'><span style="color: #000099">"We Won't Pay For Their Crisis."</span> That should be the starting point for any American response to the threat of austerity.</span>

Of course, there is a place for fiscal responsibility. <u>But there is also a place for moral responsibility.</u> <span style='font-size: 17pt'>Those who created the mess should shoulder the burden of cleaning it up. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid did not create this crisis, war profiteering and Wall Street speculation did. So before any working family sacrifices, the first demand should be that the profiteers and the speculators pay for their crisis.</span>


Q......... link (http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/words-remember-we-wont-pay-their-cris)

Gayle in MD
01-07-2011, 07:11 AM
I like this guy's resonse, at your same link...

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I actually saw a tiny light on the horizon when people started screaming about "bailing out Wall Street while Main Street suffers", only to see it evaporate in the last election.

For a moment there, it actually looked like people were starting to come to the realization we can't keep asking the Middle-Class to support "the rich". Then suddenly, people were screaming about "Obama wanting to raise YOUR taxes" because he was going to make those people that benefited most from the bailouts to pay their fair share.

How did we get from A to B? My head is still swimming on that one.


Final Bush tally: 10,300+ DEAD
(3,000 on 9/11. 4,500 in Iraq, 1000 in Afg. 1,800 in Katrina.)
Debt: $11.3 Trillion
$4.00 gas; $147 oil.
Osama bin Laden still on the loose.


01-07-2011, 07:33 AM
Perhaps if the elected officials were actually looking out for the American people and not shifting the money around in order to secure their power bases and pet projects Soc Sec would have never gotten in trouble.

Its time to start turning people towards private tax free retirement/savings accounts that are inaccessible to both the government and citizen.
Soc Sec has outlived its usefulness as the ratio of those paying in vs those collecting is continually declining.