Sunday, January 20, 2013

New Mexico Democrats And Social Security

A web site called Money Talks News has come up with 13 Ways To Get More Social Security. They include taking a second job and to just keep on working until you're almost ready to drop dead.

I'm serious. This is advice for old people, who haven't received decent health their entire lives, who've lived paycheck to paycheck their entire lives, whose bodies are almost worn out. I don't know whether I want to puke or throw up.

Like a lot of financial advice is, this piece of claptrap is written in the cheerful parlance of someone who has options to weigh, while in the real world millions of working class Americans, whose options are Social Security or nothing, are waiting for rich people to decide how much to cut from their Social Security, and whether there will even be Social Security.

As I've pointed out repeatedly, President Obama has again and again offered to make cuts to Social Security, to "put it on the table" in Washington speak. He and the Democrats failed in their last attempt to put it on the chopping block, during the so called fiscal cliff negotiations, but more opportunities loom, with the debt ceiling limit coming up and the subsequent need to make the "fiscal cliff" budget cuts that were just put off, and as of tomorrow Obama will have four more years in which to go after Social Security and won't have to bother with the election year populist rhetoric that just got him re-elected.

The president loaded his Simpson Bowles deficit reduction commission -- which has become the basis of budget discussions in Washington and in the mainstream news media -- with people who want to privatize Social Security or reduce benefits, and again and again, Obama, Democrats and the news media go along with the lie that Social Security has something to do with the federal budget deficit, which it does not. It's a separate entity, not included in the federal budget, just like Ronald Reagan said.



And no one in New Mexico's legislative delegation has yet stood up and said anything about any of this.

Denis Chavez must be spinning in his grave.

For those New Mexico legislators who have never heard of him, Dennis Chavez was a Democrat from New Mexico who went up to Washington and helped working people. He helped bring about the REA, which brought electricity to everyone else when the private power companies refused to stretch lines to rural America because it didn't make them enough profit. He pushed through legislation that brought federal funding to poor school districts, which meant that every child in America got at least a halfway decent education where they were getting none at all. He pushed through the Fair Employment Practices Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation ever passed, and he voted for the bill that created Social Security.

What we have now is Democrats who go to Washington and waste their time and our money. As I pointed out during the election, New Mexico Democrats are allowed to get away with making speeches that hit the right emotional buttons but tie them down to absolutely nothing, and when they get into office that's exactly what they do.

During any contentious pubic debate you'll hear nothing from them, but after it's all over you'll be able to read a fine sounding press release explaining why they took the principled vote they took. You'll never hear one lay down a line in the sand about Social Security, or use their access to the media to build pubic support for Social Security or anything else. You'll never see them at a rally, making a speech, holding a press conference, you'll never see them on a picket line, leading a march, nothing.

Once in awhile you'll see in the paper where they've gotten some money into a bill to set aside some land somewhere that people who have time on their hands and can afford to drive out there can enjoy. But when the president opens up vast, other wilderness areas or the Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling you'll hear not a peep, and when the president spies on Americans and assassinates Americans and let's the criminal class off Scott free that walked away with billions and plunged the country into economic crises and then looted the treasury to boot, you'll hear not a peep, and next time the president puts Social Security on the table you won't hear a word of complaint from any member of the New Mexico Democratic legislative delegation. Not one.


Dennis Chavez US Senator from New Mexico 1935-1962



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