This article from Alternet is very apt as the Republicans, now in control of the Senate, have begun their attack. Cutting Social Security benefits, repealing “Obamacare”, wreakenig of regulations forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own work. This is a continuation of right-wing jihad against government. A coalition of right-wing Christian fundamentalists and worshippers of the supposed “invisible hand” of the market joined forces back then to eliminate everything that doesnot operate either for profit or for “God.” Progressives must stop bickering and band together to fight this menace.
http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250&username=libertyconcepts. Marco Rubio has unmasked himself and unmasked his fellow Republicans in the process. At the same event that he announced his candidacy for president, the Florida senator stated that the only way to save Social Security and Medicare is to dismantle them. The right’s agenda is now out in the open for everyone to see.
This agenda must be fought with all our might. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, are the bedrock of the social safety net, which has already been depleted over the years. They save the elderly, the poor, and the sick from having to depend entirely on the whims of HMOs and the stock market. Medicare actually has lower over head than private sector insurance companies.
The notion that they are in trouble is exaggerated. Social Security is doing so well that it’s surplus is used to fund some of the government ‘s general budget. (When, in the 1980s, one senator, Daniel Moynihan of New York, introduced a bill to take Social a Security out of the general budge, BOTH parties threw a fit because they would have been embarrassed by the resulting higher deficit numbers.) That is the only reason that it’s money appears to be running out. In fact, it’s demise has been predicted for decades but has never happened. The GOP Social Security and Medicare eliminated because they are terrified they are very soon not going to be able to win elections.
Other ways exist to save these programs. They income threshold for receiving benefits could be decreased. Some of the military’s huge budget could be put into SS and Medicate, especially since we are no longer fighting a country but tracking a few dozen individuals and the military industrial complex secures the funding of some weapons the armed forces do not even want. The budget certainly contains enough “corporate welfare” to save all social programs. Politics is all that stands in the way. Please tell the nefarious Rubio to respect his elders and then oppose him vigorously at every turn.