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Gang of Thieves Mugs The Idiot US Citizens
|by Gaurang Bhatt, MD|
The US Senate includes the single largest collection of native bloodsuckers of the American public (see my article “How I Discovered A New Species”). You may remember how a senator aptly named Bogus railroaded the healthcare bill by nixing the public option and kowtowing to insurance company interests with the tacit consent and co-operation of a supine Obama, lacking principle or policy, intent on winning re-election by selling the American public down the river and catering to the military industrial cabal by starting and continuing wars to the point of national bankruptcy.
Nearly 30 years ago Ronald Reagan set the country on the path of fiscal insanity. He first appointed Greenspan, the Trojan horse of Wall Street to increase the payroll tax for social security and medicare to bring both those programs back into sustained solvency even as he reduced income taxes on the rich and went on a profligate military spending spree, generating ballooning budget deficits. He, Greenspan and Congress lied that the extra taxes collected for social security and medicare would be sequestered in a lock box and reserved for their designated use only. The legislative and executive branches used those surpluses for general budget spending and stuffed the lock box with IOUs currently worth 2.7 trillion dollars. Reagan then appointed the incompetent Greenspan as the Federal Reserve Chairman as a fox to mind the henhouse.
The annual collections from social security (OASDI) taxes have exceeded the annual payout to retirees and disabled every year from the eighties to the current year 2011. Within five years the annual payout to the retirees is due to exceed the annual collections as the number of retirees increase and the ratio of workers to retirees goes down to 2 to 1 because of retiring baby boomers. Since the lock box now only has IOUs which the SSA can redeem for cash from the treasury and the treasury and the Federal Reserve has issued debt and printed money to the extent of the Congress granted Federal Debt Limit, Obama needs to get a resolution from the legislature to increase the debt limit. To hide their own malfeasance, the president and Congress are using the debt limit deadline to hide their own misappropriation and renege on their debt incurred by borrowing from the fund, by reducing future commitments while exonerating the rich thieving banksters who looted the public treasury.
The rolling over of spineless Obama, who for purely political reasons (to be sure of getting campaign contributions from fat cats for his re-election) chose not to extend the debt limit, rescind the Bush tax cuts and pass a genuine people oriented health care bill, when he had a thumping majority in the House and a filibuster proof Senate majority of 60 Democrats before the 2010 midterm elections, started the problem. The death of Kennedy of Massachusetts led to the election to the Senate by a maverick Republican whose greatest public service was to pose naked for a “Cosmopolitan” magazine center spread (just shows the idiocy of the American public like their election of “W” as president and Conan, the barbarian as governor of California). He, with typical Republican blackmailing torpedoed the public option in the Obama health plan. The Republicans use this strategy routinely and the stupid American electorate is too blind, dumb or disinterested to catch on.
When they are in an overwhelming majority, they ride roughshod to enrich the vested minority by cutting their tax rates preferentially and starting new wars. If they are in a simple majority they can always get collaborating blue dog democrats to collude and promote the same agenda. When they are in a minority in the House and Senate, they filibuster in the Senate (as long as they have more than forty senators) and hold all legislation hostage till the Democratic opponents including the president, caves in because they need the rich guys to finance their blood sucking campaigns, which will ultimately kill the nation. They play the game till time runs out and then in the middle of the night they either pass bogus and harmful bills, as making the best of a bad situation in politics which is the art of the possible, not the good or the best. At other times they first refuse to pass a bill and roar loudly by platitudes and principles and then when their co-conspirators who had shorted the markets in advance, manipulate a crash and make a killing, reverse their vote as they did in passing the TARP bill, after first rejecting it.
This time, the extension of the debt limit and the budget and trade deficits have nothing to do with social security and medicare which are going to have surpluses till 2036 and 2025 respectively. Now the Republicans are lying through their teeth by saying that social security and medicare have to be cut immediately to make the US solvent.
Social Security will be able to pay benefits without cutbacks till 2036 and even if nothing is done after 2036 benefits can be paid at the rate of 77% of current dollars for the next 50 years. Medicare will go broke by 2025 but this is due to poor policing of hospital shenanigans for Part A and inadequately low premiums for Part B.
Social security can be saved by taxing entire incomes for OASDI instead of the limit of 106,000 at present. Medicare and Social Security can be saved by raising the tax rate from 15.2 (7.6% for employer and employee each) to 18%. Other ways are to cut 500 billion dollars annually from the trillion dollar annual defense budget. Eliminating waste from Medicare can save up to 150 billion dollars a year and tax breaks for corporations including oil companies, jet plane fleet operators, farm and ethanol subsidies can save 100 billion dollars a year. Certain restrictions on Medicaid like the Oregon State Health Plan and wasteful exploitation by healthcare providers of the elderly by playing on the guilt complex of their children or prohibiting the dumping of seniors into medicaid supported nursing homes while the children take over the senior’s property and assets could save 50 to 100 billion dollars per year. Eliminating farm subsidies to corporations could save 25 billion dollars a year.
Now, with time constraints and daily scare tactics by the bought and paid for hacks of the media, (as the hacking scandals of the Murdoch empire show), Obama is going back on his word and pre-election promises by making the current elderly and future retirees sacrifice more than a pound of flesh to ensure his financing for re-election, as are the gang of four, six or however many thieves currently involved in the most recent conspiracy. What can one say to these elected officials who like McCarthy of the past have no sense of decency or shame. As long as the American electorate remains ignorant, stupid, unthinking and susceptible to manipulation by its elected leaders, there is no hope for the nation. There should be an easier path to new parties and no one should ever vote for Democrats or Republicans and both parties should be pushed quickly on to their well deserved path to oblivion.
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