First up, Barry Grey (WSWS) has a really knock-the-air-out-of-your-chest report:
Obama's pretense of “fairness” and concern for working people, against the backdrop of the supposed looming disaster of the “fiscal cliff,” is a cynical sham. It is a cover for a calculated and ruthless assault on all that remains of the social reforms of the 20th century—most centrally, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security—combined with a restructuring of the tax system that will cut taxes for corporations and the rich and increase the tax burden on working people.
The far-reaching and reactionary substance of Obama's social policy emerges very clearly in secret documents that were leaked last weekend relating to negotiations in the summer of 2011 between the White House and Republican House Speaker John Boehner over raising the US debt limit. In response to Republican demands for massive spending cuts in return for an agreement on raising the debt limit, Obama proposed a “grand bargain” to slash the federal deficit by $4 trillion over ten years through a combination of cuts in social programs and increased revenues from “comprehensive tax reform.”
Obama proposed more than $2 in cuts for every $1 dollar in revenue increases ($2.8 trillion in cuts, $1.2 trillion in increased tax revenues). However, the talks broke down due to opposition to any tax increases among House Republicans.
This led to the deal to raise the debt limit that set the stage for the more than $700 billion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases, beginning January 1, 2013, that are a major component of the so-called “fiscal cliff.” (See: “What is the fiscal cliff”?).
Speaking on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” program last Sunday, Washington Post investigative journalist and associate editor Bob Woodward announced that he had obtained a copy of the secret final offer from Obama to Boehner for a “grand bargain” on austerity and tax “reform.” NBC posted a portion of the document on the “Meet the Press” web site.
Regarding the document, Woodward said, “But what it shows is a willingness to cut all kinds of things, like TRICARE, which is the sacred health insurance program for the military, for military retirees; to cut Social Security; to cut Medicare. And there are some lines in there about, ‘We want to get tax rates down, not only for individuals, but for businesses.’ So Obama and the White House were willing to go quite far.”
What a bitch Barry is. Social Security? F**k him. And TRICARE? He's such a piece of s**t. And so is the screwy Cult of St. Barack.
If he pulls this off, if he guts this stuff, then every member of the Cult of St. Barack better be prepared to spend the rest of their lives apologizing for voting for that piece of s**t to begin with.
He's a liar and a faux Democrat. He whored for the corporations. That was obvious in 2008 when AT&T paid for the convention. Of course they paid. They didn't want to be fined or punished for their illegal spying. And Barack, who promised in the primaries that they would pay, immediately declared immunity was what they needed once the primary was over.
Barack is a piece of trash. He doesn't care about anyone but himself and that should have been obvious with the soaring rate of unemployment in the African-American community.
He is a whore bought and sold by the corporations.
And, I repeat, shame on those who supported this asshole. They should have known better in 2008. But I can forgive them for that. For 2012? Hell no.
The cypher had a paper trail. He was a War Monger. He cracked down on Occupy. He attacked whistleblowers. He gave corporations tons of our money -- our tax dollars -- and then turned around and said, "We're headed for a fiscal cliff!"
He's a liar.
Supposedly he believes in God. If so, he better be making his peace because Jesus doesn't look kindly on those who piss on the poor. I'm Catholic. I see Barack spending an eternity in purgatory.
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