10.7.11

LIVING AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS.  Jane Hamsher makes a particularly silly statement about realities in a constitutional republic.
Which means we’re watching another casualty here:  Democracy.  Or at least, the illusion that we live in a democratic society.  The public, regardless of party,  overwhelmingly opposes cuts to Social Security and Medicare. But elected officials of both parties are hell-bent on conspiring to bring the programs to an end.  They seem to have come to grips with a fact that the public has not: their tenure in office depends on carrying out the wishes of oligarchical elites.

There is only one thing you can reasonably conclude as you watch the political theater that is transpiring:  what the voting public thinks really isn’t all that important.  And to the extent that it does matter, it can easily be channeled by those with sufficient money to pay the tab.
In the case of the entitlement programs, the money isn't there. The money never was there. And defenders of the programs suggest that increasing the base income subject to payroll tax or raising the retirement age or means-testing benefits or subjecting benefits to income tax will all preserve the programs. Sounds like in order to save the programs they have to be cut.

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