Opinion by John Liming
Am I hearing this right or am I going out of my mind?
Have some Democrats on the so-called “Super Committee” actually proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in some kind of concession effort to try and draw Republicans to do likewise?
That is what is being claimed in my communication from The AFL/CIO Union News Blog today.
If that is true then I am aghast at the Democrats pursuing this line of thinking because as everybody knows—when one is dealing with Conservatives and concessions are made, there are always endless other concessions demanded. That is the way I perceive it, anyway, being the rank amateur that I am in all things political. (But I do have some experience with the Conservative lack-of-intellect.)
I simply cannot believe or even imagine that some of our own Democrats can be naive enough to think that the only way out of this fabricated financial crises is to make deep cuts to middle class benefits. To me that is irresponsible. I am of the opinion that the Middle Class and the Poor and Elderly of America have already given enough of their blood, sweat and tears so that the rich can get even richer.
I think I am beginning to get a clear vision of why the Occupy Wall Street People are out there! I think they have had enough of this kind of government stuck up their noses and taking what little they have away and giving it to the fat cats– they have just gotten justifiably angry and are trying to send a message to those who rule this fair land of ours. I think it is purely disgusting that America has allowed the rich to do all the taking and the rest of us to do all the real belt tightening!
I cannot tolerate the thought that our own Democrats up there on that “Committee” might have suffered a tactical failure in dealing with the greed mongers. If it is true, then I am going to have a hard time placing all the blame for this mess on the Republicans.
(Unless I get the idea that some of the Republicans are manipulating things to work out this way for some perceived benefit to them. And, in my opinion that is entirely possible.)
I hear a lot of rhetoric from my own Liberals and Democrats about how “No cuts at all are acceptable” when discussing this “Super Committee.”
None are acceptable!
What I want to know is who is actually going to do something to stop this madness and what do they plan to do about it? Talk is cheap and demands and screaming can accomplish only so much.
We need leadership to stand up and tell the other side “You have put the screws to the American working classes long enough! No more! In this regard and only in this regard, it is high time for Liberals to start being the party of “No” on some of these critical issues!
I am a Democrat and a Liberal, but I swear by all that is Holy– If the Democrats on that Super Committee allow our Social Safety Net Programs to be cut, I will sincerely consider voting Independent in 2012!
I hope I can calm down and that all this isn’t just something the Right Wing has fabricated to get me upset. I wouldn’t put it past some of them.
I know that somehow, God will speak to the Democrats up there in that mess and let them know The American People will not tolerate being robbed any further because of some obstinate obstructionists who want nothing more than to line their pockets some more.
Am I over reacting here? Is any of this nightmare really transpiring? I cannot believe that we have come this far only to receive the royal shaft in so dreadful a manner as this.
Read this and weep:
Then…get on those telephones, blackberries, I-Pads, Computers and typewriters and let your representatives know that this is really too much to bear!