How Dare You?
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Who is that shiny-headed, grinning fella in the photo? Why, that’s Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs. He recently stated that Social Security needs to be gutted – because it wasn’t designed to take care of people for 30 years. Here’s the actual quote:
“You can look at history of these things, and Social Security wasn’t devised to be a system that supported you for a 30-year retirement after a 25-year career.”
Whaaa? Someone who takes their first job at 18 or 21 and works until they’re 65 has only worked 25 years? Someone get this guy a calculator. His poor math skills aside, he’s apparently not happy that people have the nerve to live into their 90s, after retiring at 65. People are just living too long. How dare they?
Blankfein, along with Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren and several other CEOs who belong to the group Fix The Debt, don’t like having any of their taxes going to take care of anyone. They love you when you’re shopping in their stores or investing in their financial products, but if you’re old or sick or poor – or all three – you can just flip the top on a can of cat food and crawl back into your refrigerator box under the overpass, for all they care.
What’s really at the root of their irritation is that they don’t want their social security taxes to go up, they don’t want their overall taxes to go up, and they don’t want whatever tax they do pay to go to helping anyone. Of course, they’re forgetting more of the math (and heaven knows, Lloyd’s not really great at counting) – if people have no money, they can’t buy anything.
Now, most of the Fix The Debt members run companies that poor folks don’t patronize anyway – airlines, hotels, pricey department stores, investment companies – but the people who do buy their stocks, book their suites, and buy their overpriced crap…er, I mean… merchandise – they rely on average people, even the poor, to buy their stuff. Prime example? Papa John “I Didn’t Really Say That” Schnatter has plenty of investments, and he stays at posh hotels and probably buys a lot of expensive stuff at big ticket stores. And in turn, he relies on everyone else, including the working poor, buying his pizzas. That’s how he can afford the resort he lives on, where he hosted a Romney fundraiser. Every slice of So Much Meat Your Colon Is Screaming Pizza you buy from him funds his luxurious lifestyle. He doesn’t pay his employees very much, and he’s going to cut their hours and benefits (because Obamacare is just killing him), so most of the dough (pardon the expression) he does rake in is headed for his bank account.
So the Fix The Debt groups’ plan is ill-conceived. It hurts the people who buy stuff, and that hurts the people who profit from people buying stuff, and that hurts the apex predators – the snarling beasts at the top of the food chain. Of course, each one of the beasts in the Fix The Debt group is so well-insulated from reality – wrapped in millions of bonus and CEO salary dollars – they won’t personally feel it if their companies suffer the eventual consequences of turning the 99% into a bunch of starving serfs. Lloyd’s looking a little long in the tooth, so he’ll probably be under a big rock in the cemetery by the time the 1% achieve their goal of gutting the middle class entirely.
And speaking of predators, lest we seem to always be harping on the GOP and the fiscal conservatives who can’t seem to stop blaming the poor for everything, we have a little thought for President Obama. If you can say, “There’s no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,” don’t you think that sounds a little bit like what’s happening when your predator drones fly into people’s countries and bomb the heck out of them? Isn’t that a little like missiles raining down from outside the country’s borders?
Mr. President, you can’t run for the White House again. So be brave. Don’t fold. Don’t take any more baby steps toward the center, take some big giant steps to the left. Honor the progressives who drove their friends and neighbors crazy with fundraising calls and don’t-forget-to-vote emails. Show us that you heard us – the millions who voted for you and not just because you weren’t Mitt Romney. Stop the predator drones. Stand firm on getting us out of Afghanistan. End the terrorism hysteria and focus on the real enemies of the American Way of Life and don’t give in on letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire. Shove Mitch McConnell off the fiscal cliff. Raise the cap on social security taxes, even if Lloyd Blankfein and his merry band of CEOs don’t like it. Nobody elected them. We elected YOU. Remember us.
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