Saturday, July 9, 2011

Off The Table, Off Their Meds

Help me out here... I understand why those GOP a**holes cling to keeping tax increases "off the table" so as not to risk upsetting their super-rich donors, but the Dems and entitlements? Why the determination on the part of progressives to keep Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security off the table? It's making folks like Pelosi and Grijalva, who I otherwise respect immensely, look like a**holes too as the "debate" on the debt ceiling drags on.

Now don't get me wrong, it would be a gigantor dick move to cut federal funds for people who need the money to help people who absolutely don't (pretty much what the Rethugs and the prez will end up doing to reach a compromise on raising the debt ceiling). But here's the rub: how many people need those funds? How many rich c*nts like Old Man McCain (current net worth: $40.4 million) are still happily cashing their own SS checks while preaching "shared sacrifice" to broke-ass oldsters who survive solely on benefits? Means test Social Security, progressives. Means test the f*ck out of it!

Then there's Medicare which, thanks to George Bush's 2003 pro-corporate kludges, is prohibited from negotiating price deals with drug companies. Why the f*ck not reverse that sh*t? Why not give Medicare the same rights to stick up for itself in the "free market" as the VA which does get to bargain with big pharma? There's a few billion to be gained in revenue right there... Reverse the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, progressives... reverse the f*ck out of it!

If the prog caucus refuses to consider even these common-sense revisions to the system, if they just keep yelling about keeping stuff "off the table" like Bizarro World Rand Pauls, they will prove themselves no better than the GOP. And that, my friends, is a sad and sorry state in which to find ourselves.


1 comment:

  1. Amen brother! I have been saying it for years! Social Security was intended to help those people who would otherwise not have any means of support in old age. I think if you have a private pension and can make it on that, you shouldn't receive SS. Give it to the folks who need it, not the ones who have plenty already!


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