The Betrayal Begins
Barak Obama's election year populist rhetoric, his assertions that the rich have to start paying their fair share, ended the second the last vote was counted. No one's surprised. No one even noticed.
Something like a populist stance was contained in his first offer to the Republicans in these farcical negotiations over this so-called fiscal cliff, but over the past week his position has shifted closer and closer to that of the Republicans, and it's become clearer and clearer that we the people are going to pay the entire bill for the looting of the nation committed by the Capitalist class and by their handmaidens in government. Life for the rich won't change.
The second the last vote was counted, incidentally, was the exact moment our congressional delegation disappeared from the radar screen. I've heard not one peep from any of them about this fiscal cliff charade.
And now Obama's offering to cut Social Security, and there's been not one word of protest from our congressional delegation about that, so it must be that cutting Social Security is fine with Heinrich, Grisham, Lujan and Udall.
Otherwise they'd say something, right? But they don't. They sit there and plan their coronation parties, oversee the decoration of their new offices, look for more affluent housing, whatever they do. Cut away. It's no skin off our asses.
It does no good to point out that Social Security has nothing to do with the budget deficit. No one picks up on it. No one repeats it. No one acts like it's of any consequence. The news media and the president and the Democrats say it does, so it must be true. I haven't heard any of our congressional delegation mention it. I haven't heard anything from any of them since they got our votes, which as far as I can tell, judging by their behavior, marks the exact extent of their interest in us.