Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Ridiculous Bernie Sanders

Democratic politicians cave.  That is, sadly, a given.  That's why they spent the last four years whining about the Republicans sticking to their "no"s, sticking to their guns -- because Democrats cave.  We don't know if they're born with collapsable spines or if they get them sewn in every four years at the national convention, but they refuse to stand erect.

There is no fiscal cliff.  There is only debt.  The nation has had big debts before, it will have them again.  If things need to be cut, our first question is why no one worried about cutting and gutting when Wall Street was in trouble or Big Auto?

Having bailed out everyone and everything but the American people, you might think that instead of calling for cuts, Barack Obama would finally announce that it was time for the federal government to start serving the people?  But of course, telecoms didn't pay for the 2008 national convention or donate so enthusiastically to Barack's campaigns because he was about helping the people.

The way it goes right now is that you're supposed to be thrilled that Barack might get the rich to pay a little more in taxes.

That's supposed to be enough for you to take cutting Medicaid and Medicare and Social Security and maybe raising the qualifying age for Social Security as well.

That's supposed to be the 'grand bargain' that pleases you.

What we need right now is a politician that speaks the truth.

Nobody gives a s**t what someone else pays.  You'll note Barack's talking about "earners" and ignoring the corporations whose share of taxes has dramatically gone down over the last five decades.


Which brings us to the idiot Senator Bernie Sanders (above).  The 'independent' from Vermont is actually the nation's only Socialist US Senator.  So we might think that Bernie would show some spine and reject the nonsense.  We would obviously be wrong to think that.

In a press release his office issued, Sanders states, " It is absolutely imperative, however, that as we go forward with deficit reduction we completely reject the Republican approach that demands savage cuts in desperately-needed programs for working families, the elderly, the sick, our children and the poor, while not asking the wealthiest among us to contribute one penny."

The wealthiest?

Again, we don't give a f**king s**t what anyone else pays in taxes.  This is the nonsense Barack primed you for with his fake us v. them campaign.

You're supposed to see it as a victory if the tax rate on the wealthy increases by five or eight percent -- you're supposed to see it as a victory even if it is accompanied by the gutting of the safety net.

Are we really that stupid?  We're going to be gleeful enough that someone else is paying more taxes that we don't give a damn that Social Security is being gutted?

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