Its time for you to take a firm stance against budget cuts that will continue to take from working class Americans and give to super rich and powerful entities that do not need to be supported by American taxpayers.
Businesses are now considered to be the same as individuals in their ability to contribute to a candidates campaign. The precedence has been set for considering businesses as individuals. Thus, if we are to be individually targeted for austerity, we should all be targeted. This includes business entities. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
It seems that the only source for spending cuts are the programs that support “the People.” Remember the preamble to the Constitution?
“We, the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Where in that declaration does it say that “the people of the United States”, en masse, shall suffer unduly so that business and government entities “too big to fail” can continue their fat cat status while those that pay taxes and financially “promote the general welfare” are targeted for loss of the essentials they have earned with the sweat of their brows? It doesn’t and should not be allowed to appear that it does.
America is a democracy. In a democracy that which applies for one citizen shall apply for all citizens. Business entities, now individual citizens, must be targeted for austerity as individual citizens. If working folks (I include the millions of unemployed workers) have to tighten their belts and do with out those essentials upon which they depend for their meager existence, then, John Business must also tighten his belt and shoulder up to bear the burden as well.
The following paragraphs I have taken from a post by Tom Martin at Global Research because they are, in my opinion, relative and worthy of repetition here for your enlightenment and education. I hope you can see now, that America is going to be plundered and her wealth in natural resources and technology redistributed throughout the World for waste by the unappreciative, developing, behind the times, tribal cultures of the World.
Why can this happen, you might ask (but I doubt you will), is because a large percentage of Americans have their heads buried in the sand and refuse to recognize the severity of the situations here at home and in the World over. They won’t even consider that the riots taking place in Greece. Those riots are over the kinds of cuts in social programs being considered during the budget conference led by VP Joe Biden.
Speak Up Damn It, or forever hold you peace in poverty and enslavement by the government you once trusted to provide for the “domestic tranquility.”
Here’s Tom Martin.
Bipartisan talks between the Obama administration and congressional leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties would have a deal “beyond $1 trillion” in budget cuts before the Fourth of July recess, Vice President Joseph Biden said Tuesday, after the first of three scheduled meetings this week.
“I’m convinced that we can come up with an agreement that gets the debt limit passed and makes some real serious down payment on the commitment to 4 trillion bucks over the next 10 to 12 years,” he said, referring to the deficit reduction proposal made by President Obama in April.
The Treasury stopped borrowing in mid-May, when it reached the current debt ceiling of $14.3 trillion. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that one-time financial maneuvers could sustain federal government operations through August 2, but there will be no funds to cover Social Security checks to be sent out August 3 unless the debt ceiling is raised.
On Thursday the negotiators moved on to proposals for massive cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.
The health care programs for the elderly and the poor are the main targets of the deficit reduction talks. They are likely to bear the brunt of the nearly $1.4 trillion gap between what has already been accepted by the group chaired by Biden, and the figure set by Boehner. Both Social Security and the Pentagon, the two largest components of federal expenditure, have been largely taken off the table.
(My comment, where is Robin Hood? Isn’t this stealing from the poor and giving to the rich?)
Press reports said the Wednesday session included discussion of a one-year payroll tax holiday for employers, another boondoggle for corporate interests to be sold to the public as a “job creation” measure. However, since Corporate America is already sitting on a cash hoard of $2.6 trillion, which it refuses to invest in hiring new workers, another $100 billion or so in “incentives” is unlikely to make any difference.
Obama’s top budget official, Jacob Lew, cited the “atmosphere of cooperation” in the Biden-led talks, emphasizing particularly the fact that none of the seven participants, five Democrats and two Republicans, has discussed any of the specific cuts with the media. He said this was a sign that both sides were taking the discussions seriously.
There is a definite political significance to the close-mouthed character of the White House talks. What is taking place in Washington is a bipartisan conspiracy to rob the working class, slashing trillions from Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and other social programs, under economic conditions where these social benefits are more needed than ever. No leading Democrat or Republican wants to alert working people about the immensity of the changes in social policy that are being prepared. (My comment: brings back memories of the secret, closed-door, late night meetings leading to Obamacare.)
The major division between the two right-wing, big business parties is over taxes. The Democrats advocate at least a modest increase in taxes on the wealthy so that they can present the gutting of social benefits for working people as “equal sacrifice.”
The Republicans what to dispense with any pretense of “fairness,” and make even bigger slashes in spending to finance additional tax cuts for the rich. So far, as in all previous such “showdowns” under Obama, the Republicans have prevailed, insisting that tax increases are not on the table in the Biden talks.
While the corporate bosses expect, with good reason, to profit from the bipartisan budget-cutting, the actual impact on working people can be seen in the appropriations bills for the 2012 fiscal year now going through the House of Representatives.
This week’s action focused on the $17.25 billion appropriations bill for the Department of Agriculture, which includes major cuts in nutrition programs like food stamps and WIC, which provides food commodities for pregnant and nursing women and their children, as well as a cut in the number of federal food safety inspectors. (My comment: how is the Administration going to provide the food safety protection stipulated in the Food Safety Bill passed earlier this year? Now that they have control of our food supply they are abandoning safety inspections? Are we going to allow this to happen? The cost of food safety inspectors is born by the food producers and packagers. When a producer needs an FDA inspector the producer has to pay the inspectors travel costs, food and lodging while inspections are being conducted. How is cutting the number of inspectors going to safe money under these conditions?)
On Wednesday a group of ultra-right Republicans tried and failed to impose even deeper cuts, including an additional 10 percent from WIC and the effective abolition of Food for Peace.
Also on Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget at a level no greater than 18 percent of US gross domestic product, down from the current level of 24 percent.
The amendment, which would have to pass the Senate and be ratified by the states, would force an across-the-board 25 percent cut in all spending, beginning in 2017. Given the constraints of interest payments and the military, where spending is expected to rise, it would mean the effective abolition of all federal social spending outside of Social Security.
End of Tom’s post.
Do the research, folks! Get involved and complain loud and long if you don’t want the radical changes in your life and the lives of millions of Americans being discussed in the Biden conference. Fight to make John Business pay his fair share of the burden. If you are as tired of bowing down to big businesses and other special interests so that they can remain rich and powerful as I am, pound on your Congressional representatives until they get the message. You will probably being talking to deaf ears because their ilk are the problem in America.