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The Post Tells Readers that Brave People Do What the Rich Tell Them to Do

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Saturday, 19 March 2011 07:43

In an article reporting on a letter from 64 senators urging president Obama to work on the recommendations from the co-chairs of his deficit commission, the Post described President Obama's own smaller budget cuts as "timid." (The sentence appears in the print version, but not in the on-line version.)

This is an interesting perspective. Politicians and policy workers around Washington and the country are being paid billions of dollars by wealthy people like investment banker Peter Peterson to support cuts to programs like Social Security and Medicare. It is interesting the Post apparently thinks that it is brave to harm poor and middle class people to benefit the wealthy, while it is "timid" to support the less privileged.

It is also worth pointing out that the Post wrongly refers to the recommendations from the deficit commission's co-chairs, former Senator Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, as the recommendations of the commission. The commission never voted on their proposals which almost certainly would not have been approved given the stated opposition of several commission members. 

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Middle Class and Poor Need a Hand Up - Not a Handout
written by izzatzo, March 19, 2011 8:49
It is interesting the Post apparently thinks that it is brave to harm poor and middle class people to benefit the wealthy, while it is "timid" to support the less privileged.


Another socialist smear of Patriot Heroes of Private Altruism by Whose Your Nanny Baker. Any economist knows that game theory proved years ago that altruism based on the welfare state is the greatest lie ever advanced by nanny statists against self interest.

Pete Peterson and his brave supporters understand that any attempt to rescue the poor and middle class with handouts just makes them even worse off due to cheaters who exploit the system until everyone cheats to bring down the whole pyramid scheme. No one can eat just one free cookie from the socialist cookie jar.

Just ask Alan Simpson from Wyoming, where rugged individualists provide private welfare through stewardship of subsidized public lands while protecting the flood of incoming food stamps.

Stupid liberals.
Would Tax Increases On Rich Be Called "Timid"?
written by Hugh Sansom, March 19, 2011 12:03
Everywhere I'm aware of, proposals have been defeated to increase taxes on those most able to pay (and those who have most benefited over the past 30 years -- those who also benefited from the bailout). Michael Bloomberg floated the idea in New York and even His Arrogance backed off. A proposal in the New York State legislature (admittedly, the most corrupt in the country) is crashing and burning.

No politician backing away from millionaires taxes is being called "timid".
“We feel very very strongly that a crisis looms"
written by Paul, March 19, 2011 12:09
So sayeth Sen.Mike Johanns (R-Neb.)co-writer of The Letter.

What is this "crisis" and when will doomsday arrive? Oh right, these clowns have no idea.

Are they just trying to sucker Obama into signing on to their austerity charade? Inquiring minds want to know.
Dean's Propaganda Machine
written by Aditya Savara, March 20, 2011 4:52
"Politicians and policy workers around Washington and the country are being paid billions of dollars by wealthy people like investment banker Peter Peterson to support cuts to programs like Social Security and Medicare."

As usual, the Dean propaganda machine slips in unsubstantiated, unreferenced, and unbalanced claims in what is an otherwise ordinary post. Just who are these Politicians and Policy Workers who are supposedly being paid by wealthy people? Where does this figure of billions of dollars come from? And why does Dean leave out the dollars being paid to try and increase programs like Social Security and Medicare? Is it because the proponents of Social Security and Medicare actually pay TENS of billions of dollars to Politicians and Policy Workers? Or is it just because Dean wants to paint only one side negatively? We will never know. But as we see from time to time if we look closely, Dean is a hypocrite and often presents facts in an unbalanced and unsubstantiated light. But this doesn't mean we should be pessimistic: perhaps Dean will feel inspired to purge himself of hypocrisy! -- and start to present balanced and fair views more consistently.
I love American Fascism.
written by Jim Creamer, March 21, 2011 5:21
...Dean's Propaganda Machine
written by Aditya Savara, March 20, 2011 4:52 AM...

I love American Fascism. American Fascism is as pure as the driven snow, hypocritically speaking. All America's problems are caused by those who demand basic human rights. What nerve the Plebian majority have in making demands on the ruling Patrician Class. This is the false petard hoisted on the American People. I suggest that the cruel rightwing slime who post on this blog slither back to their FreeRepublic blog where open-minded posters are strictly purged within seconds of posting.

Aditya Savara would make Joseph Goebbels proud. Actually, there are plenty of totalarian regimes that would love her services such as Mynimar, Saudi Arabia or North Korea. Karl Rove loves you too since you support Karl's Weltanschau.
If you love American Fascism, good for you, but don't include me in that.
written by Aditya Savara, March 31, 2011 4:36
Dear Jim Creamer,

If you look closely at my post, you'll see that I never picked a side, I only criticized Dean for presenting unsubstantianted claims, and doing so in an unbalanced manner. If you are interested in my views: not only do I support Social Security, I support flat rate payouts. I do not believe higher income workers should get higher payouts from Social Security. To reiterate: my comment was a criticism of Dean's post including unsubstantiated claims in an unbalanced manner. My comment was not a criticism of his view. I would like to think that this experience will make you less likely to jump the gun next time, but I doubt it. You are probably right that a totalitarian regime would love to have me working for them, but their counterparts would also love to have me as an employee. In any case, we can't debate policies in a useful manner unless we look at them in a balanced way.

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