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    We’ve got no money for Social Security, Medicare, SNAP, education, or early childhood…

    …but we can give away millions to NASCAR, billions to energy companies (who are already making tens of billions in profit), and now 429 million dollars for Facebook. (Which also made a billion dollars.)

    We’re number one, America.  Aren’t you proud?

    6 02.17.13

    To my liberal friends on here, I have to ask. Is the fact that Democrats are now supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare enough to convince you that you can’t conscientiously vote for Democrats anymore?

    And if it’s not, what will it take?

    7 12.20.12

    Per ABC, it’s confirmed that Obama’s intentions are to cut Social Security and Medicare.

    It seems like every time Obama opens his mouth, I get a little bit happier that I didn’t vote for him.  He’s nothing short of a liar, and he’s going to make the elderly and us pay for the GOP debt and economic recession while his wealthy donors hide from his increased taxes in fucking Switzerland.

    What’s even worse?  My Democratic senator is right in lockstep.  Thanks for nothing, Claire.

    2 12.12.12

    Is anyone enjoying hearing the moocher class (that just four years ago got trillions in corporate welfare) tell us that we can’t afford Social Security and Medicare benefits as much as I am? (And, over the last four years, the Fed has supposedly given tens of trillions in loans to major US financial companies.)

    It’s a good thing our country voted for the lesser of two evils, right?


    Barack Obama is telling us (and I quote) that we’ll have to “swallow bitter pills” on Social Security and Medicare.

    To be clear, he’s not talking to Republicans.  He’s talking to his base here.

    This man sucks.

    I hope each of you schmucks that voted for him is calling and writing letters to your legislators about this. 


    This is what I have to say about the speculation that Barack Obama will cut a deal on Social Security post-election.

    This is what the ‘lesser of two evils’ folks don’t understand. (Really, I think they prefer to ignore it.)  After four years of dragging Barack Obama’s ass to the finish line on key issues, even in the face of outright contempt from he and his people, we still trust that he’s going to do right by us once we put him back in office? Do you really, honestly think his ass is going to do anything for you once he’s free from accountability?

    That sounds like the same line of bullshit we get out of Wall Street and the energy companies: “Keep giving us free money and we’ll create jobs!”

    Barack Obama is the one who took single-payer off the table.  He ‘compromised’ with Republicans and allowed the to load the stimulus up with pork and unstimulative tax cuts.  He refused to lead on the debt ceiling deal, and opened up the public to even more severe cuts to the social safety net. He put his stamp of approval on indefinite imprisonment with out trial and torture without accountability or oversight.  He decided that he, and he alone, has the power to kill without any transparency, going so far as to allow the use of drones against first responders and funeral parties in Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

    You folks who claim he’s the lesser of two evils may very well be right here, but the lesser of two evils is still evil.

    2 09.25.12

    Contrary to "Entitlement Society" Rhetoric, Over Nine-Tenths of Entitlement Benefits Go to Elderly, Disabled, or Working Households — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

    Some conservative critics of federal social programs, including leading (Republican) presidential candidates, are sounding an alarm that the United States is rapidly becoming an “entitlement society” in which social programs are undermining the work ethic and creating a large class of Americans who prefer to depend on government benefits rather than work. 

    A new CBPP analysis of budget and Census data, however, shows that more than 90 percent of the benefit dollars that entitlement and other mandatory programs[1] spend go to assist people who are elderly, seriously disabled, or members of working households — not to able-bodied, working-age Americans who choose not to work.  (See Figure 1.)  This figure has changed little in the past few years.

    True, and they are 100% funded.

    22 02.11.12

    Another Letter to my Congressman, Sam Graves

    July 20, 2011

    Dear Congressman Graves:

    I’m disappointed to read about your enthusiastic endorsement of the oddly named ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ plan, especially given your record of support for fiscal irresponsibility when Republicans controlled the House of Representatives.

    Not only have you voted against pay-as-you-go legislation twice, you voted to increase the debt limit four times when the Republicans were in power. The cumulative amount of increased debt that you supported was 3.02 trillion dollars. Under President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress the debt limit increased by more than 9 trillion. These increases constituted the greatest debt increase in our history, more than Presidents Obama and Clinton combined. Most of these funds went directly to the richest corporations, and you have also opposed bills this year that would have closed those tax loopholes and tax breaks, despite the fact that corporate profits are at historic highs.

    Your flip-flopping on the debt ceiling and fiscal responsibility rings hollow in light of these facts. Your endorsement of Paul Ryan’s proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare, programs that are fully funded, appears to be little more than posturing for the 2012 campaign and a bid to reinvent yourself as a fiscal hawk on the backs of seniors and workers.

    I urge you to withdraw your support for cutting peoples hard-earned benefits at time in history when rising oil and food prices are putting many people into situations where they have to decide which bills they can pay and which they can afford to carry over to next month. Your party argues that removing tax breaks and loopholes that benefit corporations is a tax increase. By the same logic, the rising food and gas prices that are driving your constituents into poverty are a tax increase as well, one that mustn’t be exacerbated by cuts to benefits they earned over a lifetime in the work force. Your constituents do not have 30 billion dollars in profit (as Exxon had in 2010) to keep them afloat through this recession.

    I hope you will do the right thing and maintain Social Security and Medicare in their current form. Your constituents deserve nothing less.

    Thank you for your time.


    Ryan Stevens

    3 07.20.11

    Obama Caves on Social Security, Medicare

    President Obama is going to hand the Republicans a victory that they couldn’t win themselves in the past thirty years.  It’s sickening.

    There are millions of people who spent their entire lives paying into the system who are about to be thrown under the bus for no other reason than to appease the fear mongering politicians who need these events to propel their 2012 reelection campaigns.

    I’m now officially sorry I ever voted for this piece of garbage.


    President Obama is pressing congressional leaders to consider a far-reaching debt-reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for Republican support for fresh tax revenue.

    At a meeting with top House and Senate leaders set for Thursday morning, Obama plans to argue that a rare consensus has emerged about the size and scope of the nation’s budget problems and that policymakers should seize the moment to take dramatic action.

    As part of his pitch, Obama is proposing significant reductions in Medicare spending and for the first time is offering to tackle the rising cost of Social Security, according to people in both parties with knowledge of the proposal. The move marks a major shift for the White House and could present a direct challenge to Democratic lawmakers who have vowed to protect health and retirement benefits from the assault on government spending….

    Animated gif of a meme extending multiple middle fingers.

    5 07.07.11