Village orgasms as Obama puts Social Security in play
Obama Pledges Entitlement Reform
Of course, you have to understand what the Village means by "entitlement." You see, Big Money is "entitled" to two trillion dollars of the people's money, and their children's money NOW NOW NOW, without even saying what they're doing with it. That goes without saying. However, the people are not "entitled" to dignity in their old age, the sick are not entitled to care, and the poor are not entitled to help. That's because, as is well known, government is of Big Money, for Big Money, by Big Money. Is everything clear now?
President-elect Barack Obama pledged yesterday to shape a new Social Security and Medicare "bargain" with the American people, saying that the nation's long-term economic recovery cannot be attained unless the government finally gets control over its most costly entitlement programs.
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(Yeah, no shit, Sherlock, on that "error.") Predictable and predicted (01-08-2008).
[Obama] framed the economic recovery efforts more broadly, saying it is impossible to separate the country's financial ills [Well, maybe after you hand over two trillion on the banks, that's true] from the long-term need to rein in health-care costs, stabilize Social Security and prevent the Medicare program from bankrupting the government.
So, why not solve health care costs by putting in single payer? That way you don't have to throw the old people under the bus. Oh, wait. I forgot. It's my responsibility as a citizen to help keep the insurance parasites in business. Sorry.
"This, by the way, is where there are going to be very difficult [for who?] choices and issues of sacrifice [for who?] and responsibility [for who?] and duty [for who?] ," he said. "You have to have a president who is willing to spend some political capital on this. And I intend to spend some."
And here's a nice thumb in the eye for the progressive caucus:
The president-elect has been in frequent conversation with lawmakers, including House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and the Blue Dog Coalition of fiscally conservative Democrats, who repeatedly told Obama they would be willing to support his stimulus package only if he pledged not to lose sight of the larger budget picture. Those who will be invited to attend include the Blue Dogs, Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (N.D.), ranking minority member Judd Gregg (N.H.) and a host of outside groups with expertise on the topics, the president-elect said.
Reach me that bucket, wouldja, hon?