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As per the great Charles P. Pierce: The real reason we should stop talking about [the deficit] for a while is that the people who are insisting that it will eat us and our posterity on toast are lying swine who would sell your white-haired granny to the Somali pirates for another three points on the Dow. Until we all acknowledge the fact that organized wealth in this country has become downright sociopathic in the heedless damage it does, any discussion of The Deficit can and will be hijacked by that quarter in order to gain absolution for its grievous sins and the right to go on committing them against the rest of us, over and over again. Listening to these people talk about the national economy is like listening to a burglar tell you that you should really polish the silver more often.

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/why-we-should-stop-talking-about-deficit-112912

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 30th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
My guts churn every time I hear the blowhards talking about cutting "entitlements." I deal with medicare & medicaid clients on a daily basis. Without violating any confidentiality, let me tell you about one of my customers, a lovely lady in her 70's. She comes in every month and looks over the list of meds for herself and her husband, and decides which ones they will do without that month. The are choosing to do without meds because they can't afford them. THEY HAVE MEDICARE!! Their prescriptions are covered by Part D and they still can't afford the copays. So please don't anybody preach to me about what an "entitlement" medicare is. If you have not accumulated a pension through an employer, and/or have not saved money throughout your lifetime, then your life when you reach your golden years will be one of deprivation.
There is a reason why these social programs were conceived. Back in the day, people looked around and said that we, as a society, can and should take care of those who are less well off. Now the attitude seems to be, f-k those "poor" bastards, they're on their own! I earned (or inherited) my money, tough luck if you didn't!
The Great Society is no longer. We have devolved into a bunch of schoolyard bullies & their victims. Hand over your lunch money, granny, or I'll break your dentures. (then I won't help you get new ones either, nyeah, nyeah!)
OK, I'll stop ranting now.
t.c.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 1st, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
Amen, sister, amen.
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