Social Security

Given that it seems that serious attempts are underway to slash Social Security, Medicare and even veterans benefits, this page will track information on this vital issue.

A lengthy and detailed article on Salon by Glenn Greenwald provides extensive information on the attack on Social Security.

“The President’s Deficit Commission is designed to be as anti-democratic and un-transparent as possible. Its work is done in total secrecy. It is filled with behind-the-scenes political and corporate operatives who steadfastly refuse to talk to the public about what they’re doing. Its recommendations will be released in December, right after the election, to ensure that its proposals are shielded from public anger. And the House has passed a non-binding resolution calling for an up-or-down/no-amendments vote on the Commission’s recommendations, long considered the key tactic to ensuring its enactment. The whole point of the Commission is that the steps which Washington wants to take — particularly cuts in popular social programs, such as Social Security — can occur only if they are removed as far as possible from democratic accountability.”

The article contains information on the composition of the commission –

“the Commission is stacked with ideologically conservative and corporatist appointments from both parties likely to recommend cuts in Social Security.”

as well as its secrecy, the position of Democrats, the deceitful excuses for making cuts to social security, editorial positions, and this to end the article:

“In the Post today, Milbank justifies the targeting of Social Security recipients and wounded veterans on the ground that nothing should be “sacrosanct” when considering how to solve America’s deficit problem. Leaving aside the fact that Social Security is not really a deficit issue, the true causes of America’s debt and deficits are absolutely sacrosanct and will never be attacked by this Commission. Does anyone believe it’s even remotely possible that meaningful cuts in America’s war and military spending, surveillance and intelligence networks, or even corporate-plundering of America’s health care system will be enacted as a result of this Commission process? Of course not. Those genuine debt-causing policies are “sacrosanct” because the people who profit from them own and control Washington (and share common socio-economic interests with the millionaire Commission members targeting social programs and the billionaires who are behind this). It’s the people who don’t control Washington — ordinary Americans who need Social Security — who are being targeted in order to feed even further the fattest, most piggish factions actually in control. That’s what makes this process so ugly and odious.”

An interview with Greenwalk, covering this and other topics, such as the Supreme Court and the Obama adijistration’s record so far on various Bush era ravages of the judicial system can be heard at Sunday 12 program.