Starting Monday, Feb. 23, Prez.O is convening a top-level domestic economic "summit" to address the fiscal and financial crisis now engulfing the US and the World's economies.
Do NOT-- I REPEAT: DO NOT --turn your backs on these fuckers. Whatsoever else they say they are doing, what they are REALLY doing is looking for ways to fuck the baby-boomers out of Social Security.
It's part of a decades'-long conspiracy to convert the Social Security Trust into private resources. Logn though to be the 'third-rail' in domestic politics, Social Security was assailed by the Chimperor and the the Busheviks right after the last 'election.' They were more or less beaten back that time, but it has always been obvious that it was only a temporary setback for the privatizers. Social Security is the last big (fuuking HUGE) pile of money in America NOT directed to making obscene profits for the oligarchs, plutocrats and other aristos. They're n ot gonna lat that state of affairs persist.
Remember, it was always only a Puke--Nixon, in the instant--who could bridge the breach with China (although it was actually Carter who inaugurated the new regime). Similarly, it will only be a Dim who can undo Social Security. Maybe you noticed: there is, coincidentally, a Dim in the WhiteHouse now. One who, one will recall, has often alluded to his distaste for Baby Boomers, their history or their prospects, preferring the faux-libertarianism of GenX.
This is a moment when we should all be looking to the model proffered by Naomi Klein, whose "shock doctrine" pretty much provides the schema fot the assault on SS. This "global crisis" is exactly, precisely the kind of event that will always be uased by the pols to push through their designs which couldn't pass without the threat of disaster, no matter how well manufactured.
Mark my words: If they once put Social security ON the table, it will not be the same program when it comes OFF the table, and the changes will not be in the best interests of the beneficiaries of the system.
Bill Greider, one of the smartest guys watching this shit, tolls the warning in the new number (Mar. 9) of The Nation:
Governing elites in Washington and Wall Street have devised a fiendishly clever "grand bargain" they want President Obama to embrace in the name of "fiscal responsibility." The government, they argue, having spent billions on bailing out the banks, can recover its costs by looting the Social Security system. They are also targeting Medicare and Medicaid. The pitch sounds preposterous to millions of ordinary working people anxious about their economic security and worried about their retirement years. But an impressive armada is lined up to push the idea--Washington's leading think tanks, the prestige media, tax-exempt foundations, skillful propagandists posing as economic experts and a self-righteous billionaire spending his fortune to save the nation from the elderly.
The thing about these assholes is they'll NEVER, EVER, EVER stop trying. And they'll win in the end.