To the Point

An empty shell as president, a torturer running the secret government, Education run by a privileged amateur, and the EPA pivoted to environmental destruction for pay, I’d say America is actually sporting a government that is representative of the American government.--Upthepeople/CommonDreams

Friday, November 4, 2016

Deserved Fate

Hillary Clinton’s speeches to the captains of finance strongly imply that she would resume the project of privatizing Social Security. Hers will be a gradual, stealth approach. The opening salvo will be further cuts in benefits and extensions of the full-benefit retirement age. But these alone will not satisfy Wall Street. The privatization plan will be resurrected, first in the form of legislation once again to begin “partial privatization.” In the end, the objective will be to turn the program into a broker’s-fee-for-service plan entirely in the hands of Wall Street. Retired workers will no longer be unqualifiedly entitled to Social Security benefits. Their fortunes will be tied to the vagaries of the stock market and other speculative ventures favored by brokers. And retirees will pay for this “service.” There will be no refunds when the market goes belly-up.--AN

How Wall Street is conspiring to take over Social Security as a fee-for-service program, with the help of guess who...

But by all means get that woman in office and shatter that glass ceiling! And when it happens don't be surprised that a million shards of glass will slice and dice the elderly into pieces--nevermind the continued degradation of the environment and total war that will make Obama look like a piker.

Hahaha...ain't it funny?

Not if you have young family members like I do and anticipate their future.  In another ten years my 8 year-old grandson will face the possibility of fighting a war, not for the benefit or protection of America, but for the purpose of keeping the wealthy in their mansions and corporate suites.  This is where we are, where we've been for far too long.

But all of that is lost in the noise, the propaganda, the nonsense and the spectacle--the very manufacture of consent realists talk about. The control and conformity of the herd. The MSM and centrist websites don't, with few exceptions, talk policy; it's all about personality, the gawdawful spectacle of Trump when a dangerous neoliberal waits in the wings.

Our choice?  Not for me; I'm all in with Stein.  Hi ho! as Vonnegut might have scribbled.

A strong companion piece.

And another.

A song.


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