Obama and the Senate Democrats Will Eliminate Social Security: Part I

Social Security Is Not a Campaign Issue?

This is part I of a multipart series to demonstrate how everyone in Washington””and one-term President Barack Obama in particular””are telegraphing the fact that they will be gearing up for a major campaign to steal money from Senior Citizens by making drastic changes to ”œfix” the Social Security program.

Why oh Why are the Democrats not making Social Security an Issue? Wonders Rachel Maddow (click here and search for ”œThe Ad Democrats Need to Win” for the segment””will edit as avail). As admirable as she is for being quite possibly the most intelligent person on cable news, the incorrect rhetorical effect she seeks is to demonstrate that Democrats are really bad at politics. She points out that many prominent Republicans have plainly said that they will privatize social security or eliminate it altogether, which for obvious reasons is vastly unpopular with very large majorities of Americans.

If Democrats disagree, surely they will raise their voices.

Anyone? Anyone? (More after the break)

Au contraire, mon soeur. The deafening silence coming from the left is because the fix is in. As I’ve always said, if you have a hard time distinguishing between incompetence and malfeasance, it’s almost always both, and if past is prologue, the tin-eared Democrats make no distinctions between bad policy and bad politics. Witness how quickly $1 Trillion of taxpayer money can materialize to prop up the corrupt New York-Washington banko-political patronage system ”” passed by a Democratic congress! Witness the mandate for every man, woman, and child in the United States to purchase insurance from a corporation at unregulated rates under penalty of federal fine””passed by a Democratic congress! Witness the mandate for every man, woman, and child in the United States to purchase insurance from a corporation at unregulated rates under penalty of federal fine ”” passed by a Democratic congress!

Legislation like that just might make lifelong Democrats the tiniest bit . . . cynical.

Know also that the White House sets the political tone for the rest of the party through its control of the DNC and heavy hand on the tiller of the DNCC and DSCC.* There is no coordinated campaign message coming from the White House this political season, or from Democratic party organs, and no Democrats aside from the one that Maddow mentions are campaigning on Social Security beyond ”œstrong Social Security, yadda yadda yadda.”

But what will happen after the election is that one-term President Obama’s discredited catfood commission will make recommendations to lower taxes on the rich and eliminate social security. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already put the legislative mandates in place to make a straight up-or-down vote on the commission’s recommendations. Since everything is always framed as a left-right ”œdebate” the only two options that the politicos and the main stream media outlets will consider are Democrats (Cut Social Security) or Republicans (Privatize or Eliminate Social Security).

Sorry, there will be no air time for Raoul Grijalva or Bernie Sanders to discuss the other options, such as leaving Social Security alone (smart) or strengthening it (smarter). Just as there was no air time for them to talk about single payer, or the public option, or millions of United States Citizens spontaneously participating in mass demonstrations across the continent that dwarf any tea party rally to date.

But Democrats won’t campaign on Social Security because they know that videotapes of their campaign speeches will come back to haunt them in the form of oppo research campaign ads. I wonder how voters will feel about them after Grandma has sold everything and moved in to the closet.

* (who through their genius moves brought about the spectacular Hindenburg-inspired catastrophic failure of giving Ted Kennedy’s seat (Ted Freakin’ Kennedy’s seat! WTF?) to a Republican.)

 

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  • Can’t even imagine what context such events occur. BUT, the real issue will be that all current economic truisms will be turned on their head within 10 years.

    High Unemployment?
    Wage Stagnation?
    Anti-Immigrant Policy?

    No Way!

    The United States in 10 years will be competing FOR immigrant labor with all of the worlds major economies, and even the availability of labor in third world countries will be in decline. A literal bidding war for immigrant labor in the face of the most severe labor shortage the US has ever faced will emerge. Pure demographics, as the entire baby boom generation moves into retirement over the next 20 years.

    According to the Employment Policy Foundation, the most serious systemic labor shortage will emerge as the gap between baby boomers exit from the labor force swamps the entrants of workers.

    Job demand will require 20 million employees over the next ten years and 60 million over the next 30 years. At the same time, the demographic growth of workers will be only 8 million over the next ten years and only 20 million over the next 30 years. By 2020 all surplus labor is gone, and by 2030 we are looking at a labor shortage of 35 million workers. The problem is even worse, because the vast majority of shortage will be for workers having specific skills.

    The consequence will be the highest real wage growth ever, and a wild competition for immigrants. Europe has a worse problem than the US, Russia looks to a population that could fall as low as 80 million from a population of 145 million today. Even China will be experiencing an emerging labor shortage.

    The trends here are so fixed, it can’t really be changed. It comes from three areas: slowing population growth in the developed AND 2nd tier developing world, gradually declining labor force participation rates, and the aging of the global population even in the third world countries (as people age they are less likely to migrate).

  • fossil energy constraint adds to labor needs. Alternative energy generates more jobs, transitions to other forms of transport adds labor. Even movement out of fossil energy, in agriculture for example, ADDS labor needs.

    oil, gas, coal are also forms of labor substitution.

  • That doesn’t address the original posting and attempts to change the subject:

    Democratic Party Malfeasance from the White House on Down and How They Will Attempt to Steal Trillions of Dollars from Ordinary Americans.

    You can quote all the bought-and-paid-for thinktank white papers and read rosy scenarios in all the tea leaves of China, but it doesn’t alter the fact of

    Democratic Party Malfeasance from the White House on Down and How They Will Attempt to Steal Trillions of Dollars from Ordinary Americans.

  • “But Democrats won’t campaign on Social Security because they know that videotapes of their campaign speeches will come back to haunt them in the form of oppo research campaign ads.”

    You answered my question. I’d had a hunch that this was what’s up but by pointing out that Social Security is not a campaign issue, one that is a total killer, you provided the proof that explains that deliberate tactic. Of course they’re going to endorse the catfoof commission. Obama set it up and Pelosi rigged it to be up or down.

    I wonder how voters will feel about them after Grandma has sold everything and moved in to the closet.

    I’ll tell you how they’ll feel (and I recognize the irony in their question). Time did a survey on what the public would accept as program cuts to deal with the deficit. A whopping 12% said Social Security. That is unambiguous. You don’t get poll findings like that often. People will be furious. The sequel to a yes on a Democrat engineered up/down vote on the commission recommendations is the end of the Democratic Party as we know it now. Good riddance!

  • Well, we’ve known that we need to “fix” SS for some time now (pay no attention to that other problem, Medicare), and I suppose this is the way the elites have decided to handle it, public opinion be damned. Good luck guys…you’ll need it, when some of the public figures out what’s happening.

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    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
    –Anatole France

  • the “20 million new employees’ will not be needed for productivity because that’s been outsourced. They won’t be needed to provide SS income for retiring baby boomers if SS is eliminated or drastically slashed. The only jobs that will eventually be available will be those whose work can’t be outsourced. I’d advise my grandkids to become plumbers.


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