Above is Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Grand Bargain" from last night.
This is the con game the White House is playing. They have been priming us for this fake for some time. That's what the pretense of us versus them was all about in Barack's campaign. As you may remember, Barack did not support the Occupy Movement. No, they rushed to have it shut down.
So the idea that he gives a damn about us versus them?
Give me a damn break.
But we were supposed to be outraged at the rich (which does include Barack Obama) and feel like, "We are paying our share of taxes! Why aren't they!"
And so now, having stoked our rage, they want to pretend that raising the tax rate on the rich makes up for gutting the safety net.
It does no such thing.
It puts no food in your mouth, it provides no safety for you in your old age.
You are being conned. Attacks on Social Security, when they've been effective in the past, have always had to be bi-partisan. It's no different now.
Andre Damon (WSWS) notes today:
In an article published Thursday, the New York Times starts off with an extraordinary admission—that during the elections the Democrats and Republicans colluded to cover-up planned cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs that they were both planning to make after the elections.
With characteristic cynicism, the Times makes this point as a virtual aside within an article providing details on the so-called “fiscal cliff,” the set of scheduled tax hikes and spending cuts being utilized to push through the unpopular cuts.
In the article, “Demystifying the Fiscal Impasse That Is Vexing Washington,” the Times asks, rhetorically: “Many Americans must be wondering: What is all this about a ‘fiscal cliff?’ And why did it receive so little attention during the presidential campaign?”
Why did it receive so little attention? I have no idea. I noted it here. Ava and C.I. regularly called out the silence and the lies from Barack but the press didn't want to raise the issue, let alone point out Barack was lying when repeatedly declared that the Republicans wanted to do away with Social Security. No, it was both parties that wanted to do that.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: