'Entitlements'
The people have spoken
Dec 02, 2012 | 621 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The proposal to raise taxes on those earning more than $250,000 annually — one of President Obama’s central campaign pitches — continues to be popular among a large majority of Americans, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll out Wednesday.

Sixty percent of those surveyed support the proposal, compared with just 37 percent who are opposed. The debate over raising taxes on the high-income earners was one of the defining issues of the 2012 campaign, although polls have consistently shown broad support for the proposal backed by Obama and the Democrats.

Meanwhile, an even larger portion of Americans — 67 percent — are opposed to raising the age for Medicare coverage from 65 to 67. Some Republicans such as Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) have suggested raising the Medicare eligibility age as part of their proposal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

Indeed, although some Democrats do so also, it has most often been Republicans who have been proposing to cut or eliminate the so-called “entitlements” and that continues to be the case. Typically, GOP pols obfuscate by saying they are merely trying to “reform” or “save” such programs.

As one comes in contact with residents of this county, chances are that, among those who voted in the recent election (just over half of those eligible), four out of every five people one meets voted to cut or eliminate their own Social Security and Medicare.

They may not have been in favor of that particular policy proposal, but that is what they signaled to the Wall Street billionaire “banksters” who are SALIVATING to do just that.

When Wall Street falls on hard times, it demands and gets bailouts worth TRILLIONS of dollars. When Main Street does so, it’s told to go into “austerity” mode and eat catfood.

Many in the Republican Party outside of Texas are now wondering how they can ever get their “mojo” back, to use a term popularized by the movie character Austin Powers some years ago.

A good start would be to recognize that Social Security and Medicare are BOTH sacrosanct programs to a large majority of Americans, regardless of party affiliation — and to BACK OFF their continual threats to defund them.

You cut them at your peril. You eliminate them and you will face a mob reminiscent of the one which came after Marie Antoinette in France in the year 1793.
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