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Honorary Cat Food Commissioner, Mark Warner

On behalf of the Catfood Commission, otherwise known as the so-called Deficit Reduction Commission, "Orwell's children" (as  Richard Eskow called them) are taking a road trip.  They're staking their future by working against 99% of Americans and going with big oil, the Koch brothers and Peter Peterson's Americans for Prosperity instead. The "prosperity" in that title means only for the likes of Mark Warner, one of the Senates richest men. But the so-called Deficit Reduction (let them eat catfood) Commission has no intention of "shared sacrifice" for themselves!

"Orwell's children" (including Mark Warner and Saxby Chambliss) have formed an unholy alliance to screw Americans out of what is ours, including Social Security. We paid into it.  Employers paid into it on our behalf for which we gave up wages. Yet they have the nerve to try to stiff Americans.  Meanwhile, if the Catfood Commission wins, their buddies on Wall Street, who caused the problems of the past 2.5 years and cannot be trusted with our entire future, would get even richer. So would oil magnates and hedge fund managers. The "Commission" attempts this under false claims, scare tactics, invoking "Armageddon," and essentially every trick in the book for them to avoid paying THEIR FAIR SHARE, however.

Now as Warner is ramping up his previous allegiance to the Cat Food Commission, the public, meanwhile, wisely does NOT prioritize deficits until we pull ourselves out of the recession and produce more jobs. And Americans do NOT want cuts to Social Security because they know more than ever Americans depend upon it.  Period.  In repeated polls, roughly 60% of Americans say that, but never mind. 81% of Americans say to tax millionaires and billionaires more.  The Good Ole Millionaire and Billionaire Boys could give a damn. Did you know those with assets of $7 million, not counting retirement accounts, don't think they are wealthy?)  If you're a 1% insider, you just cannot have enough.  

Back in the Senate, Warner isn't representing us, but instead aligning himself with Kent Conrad, Mike Crapo, and even Tom Coburn on a supposed compromise.  That's right, Tom Coburn. Too bad we didn't know (when we elected him) how far down the radical wrong road Mark Warner had walked.  He now would rather walk with Saxby Chambliss (you know, the guy who equated war hero Max Cleland with OBL).  But now we know. And one cautionary note: Dick Durban is working against the 99%, and with Warner, on this one too.  Can we trust no one?  

Another Take on the Deficit Commission: “Fix Health Care”

Now that the two Chairs of the Deficit Commission have pre-empted the report of the whole Commission, and issued their own report, it is becoming clear that they could not get the agreement of the majority of the members. They issued their own early report so as to set the agenda, an agenda which includes using the worry about the deficit as an excuse to attack the middle class and provide the bond holders and Big Money of Wall Street everything they could possibly have dreamed of having, i.e., confiscating whatever wealth the middle class still has after the depredations of the last 20-30 years. Here is an interview with noted economist and author Dean Baker, which explains the Fed policy of "Quantitative Easing" (QE2) and the Deficit Commission and its "Shock Therapy." As I recall, the shock therapy is a long-standing tactic of Free Market Chicago boys in destroying the economies of Third World Countries, and turning them into modern financial colonies of Western corporations (See the book Shock Doctrine). Now hear how it all ties together:

Robber Barons Terrorizing Americans

Huffington Post blogger Robert Borosage writes today that the so-called deficit commission is trying to scare and kick old people while they are down.  The oppo rants against the Social Security system are particularly devious because their "solutions" will do nothing to solve the deficit.   Borosage reminds:

Social Security isn't a problem and "fixing" it will have "virtually no impact" on long term deficits, but cutting the modest guaranteed insurance payments for the elderly and the disabled will show bankers we mean business.

Indeed, the robber barons' attacks against Social Security and its recipients are getting worse, we heard Monday on Democracy Now. It's not that we need to be told.  The terrorizing of citizens threat level is at least orange.  The so-called deficit (alternatively dubbed debt, though they are not the same thing) commission is swamping the facts with malicious spin and falsehoods about the future of Social Security. Across the land they infiltrate the media of all types with propaganda designed to have their way with us.  There is a word for that.  It's called economic rape.

Also says Borosage:

Now this makes no sense in policy, politics or morality. Social Security works. It is America's great family protection program, insuring that workers can retire with some dignity out of poverty, helping to insure that parents are not a burden on their children, insuring against disability or the sudden loss of a mate.