And Maybe They Won’t Eat The Rest Of Us.
Well, we’re off to pretty much the start I expected. From “read my lips, no cuts to Social Security” to so called technical adjustments in the way cost of living adjustments are calculated… which just HAPPEN to amount to cuts in benefits. “Oh”, cry the Pagmatic Progressives,”but it’s but only over an X amount of time and only to an X degree and has its worst impact only on an X number of recipients.”. And of course this paradigm shift in supposedly left wing thinking all occurs in the space of time between now and when they realized that our president was not only considering it but was by God going to insist on it. Pardon me folks, but really, I’ve heard and seen all this before.
Those of you that don’t see Chained CPI as a problem worthy of your attention or at best just another excuse to make witty little jabs at the “EMOs” and the “professional left” are obviously those whose retirement income will largely derive from sources other than Social Security which would naturally explain why it is no big thing to you. Indeed I suspect that the most vocal of you… the ones who not only dismiss CCPI is “inconsequential” but actively promote it in your tweets and on your blogs are those who would actually derive some form of profit or other boon from a reduction in benefits to the poorest of seniors. Kind of like you might get a bigger return from your return on investments today than you would get in the form of SS benefits later. I really don’t see any other explanation emerging from the fog of gobbledygook surrounding the issue, much of it being created and maintained by a Democratic administration.
Of course, I’m one of those who grew up when the distinction between left and right… or at least Republicans and Democrats… was a lot clearer than it is today but I honestly never thought I’d see the day when a proposal for ANY kind of cut to SS benefits would be made by a Democrat nor did I ever dream of a day when so many who tout themselves as “liberals” or refer to themselves as the “left” would support such a proposal. But then I’ve seen a lot of things I never thought I’d see over the past thirty years or so, a period during which the only two democrats elected president have offered up “concessions” and proposals that would have been considered Republican wet dreams in the heady days of my youth. Of course, those days have long since given way to the rants and rambling of the cynical and perhaps typical “cranky old man” that you see on these pages but really… there was a day when I believed all that crap about equality and opportunity and government of the people by and for the people.
I’d like to ask a few questions of those of you that either support or dismiss chained CPI that should be fairly simple to answer.
1. In view of the fact that Social Security has no discernible impact on the debt… other than the fact that the SS trust fund is probably the US government’s largest single creditor… why is this whole thing of opening the door to what we all know will eventually be wholesale “adjustments” up to and including the privatization of Social Security so important to all of you on the right including those on the right who call themselves the left?
2. Why are you “true Progressives” going to the extent of hammering those who oppose it with the same of kind name calling, ad hominem attacks, derision and just general bashing that the right wingers employ in their opposition to anything they don’t agree with? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to be hammering RWs for making war on the left when you yourselves make the same kind of attacks on those you consider to the left of yourselves.
3. For a really novel approach How about y’all support the notion that the government should simply pay back what it owes the trust fun in the form of all those bonds and T-bills through which it borrowed the bucks to finance the Bush tax cuts… from which you are obviously enjoying your little windfalls as much as any Wall Street right winger… and then simply administer the trust fund in the manner which was intended when it was set up in the first place?
The only real “problem” with Social Security is the fact that people… YOU people… have “borrowed” from it to pay for maintaining your own little middle class lifestyles under the Bush tax cuts. Well, that and the enrichment of corporations and war profiteers that make up the Sovereign Nation of Wall Street who like the taking part of “give and take” a whole lot more than they do the giving. Pay the goddamned money you owe to Social Security and we’re good to go.
Instead you start chiming right in with the “shared sacrifice” bullshit again and start helping the right find ways to make the worst off among us support the excesses of those who not only refuse to pay their fair share based on the amount they take but who still manage to keep a hand in the taxpayers pocket in the form of subsidies, bailouts, racketeering and just generally screwing the American people out of anything they can get their tentacles wrapped around.
Look, you want to be a right winger, then have the goddamned balls to call yourself one. Don’t give me this bullshit about stripping away the shredded strings that are already all that’s left of the social safety net or the freedoms and rights that made this country what it used to be… and then call yourself a Liberal or a Progressive. There is NOTHING progressive about sitting on your asses pecking away at your little keyboards in support of issues… and as you would have us believe in this case, non issues… that only serve the purposes of the parasites on Wall Street and do harm to those whom you might feel no longer contribute enough to your own agenda. That’s right wing bullshit and anyone who engages in it is a right winger to those of us who can still tell the difference.
Anyone looking to cut through the Conservative/Progressive bullshit on chained CPI can check HERE: Of course if you’re among those that would rather see an extra buck or two in your dividend check today and won’t have to depend on SS as your sole source of income in your old age, I suspect that cutting through the bullshit is the last thing on your mind.