My cliff was seeing a fit end to my yoke, as a bondsman to lesser men who considered me less than such. I died to free my wife, thusly. So I have a different eye on the manufactured crisis now faced by a victorious Negro president, who was but an atom in the ether when I lived, and died, eaten by pigs in a muddy lane in Harpers Ferry. I posit these questions to the you all, then, about this so-called fiscal cliff—
Is this another Myth, created by the descendants of the same men, the Slave Power, who minted the myth that we were “Cannibals, All” or that God Almighty had imbured them with a righteous cause which was once ordained by federal power, thence, suddenly, with the election of another gentle man from Illinois, decreed by a state’s power? The white man Paul Krugman opined: “The looming prospect of spending cuts and tax increases isn’t a fiscal crisis. It is, instead, a political crisis brought on by the GOP’s attempt to take the economy hostage.”Republicans are manufacturing this crisis to pressure Democrats to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and accept painful cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. What they could not do in the Election…like starting a bloody war 18 months after I died.
The Bush Tax Cuts Finally End December 31. If Congress does nothing, the ax will fall on all the Bush tax cuts on New Year’s Eve. Then, on January 1, the public pressure on John Boehner and House Republicans to extend the middle-class tax cuts (already passed by the Senate and waiting to be signed by President Obama) will become irresistible.So the middle-class tax cut will eventually get renewed, and the coffers will have $823 billion more revenue from the top 2% to improve the common good and roads, bridges, life and health.
And what of “The Sequester?” The sequester is another political creation, forced on Democrats by Republicans in exchange for lifting the debt ceiling last year to avoid destruction.It’s a set of cuts (50% to a bloated military budget and 50% to important domestic programs) designed to make both Republicans and Democrats hate it so much that they’d never let it happen. And the cuts can be reversed weeks or months into 2013 without causing damage.
Nothing happens to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits on January 1—unless Republicans force painful cuts to beneficiaries in exchange for tax increases on the wealthy, which are going to happen anyway if Congress does NOTHING.So, there’s literally no reason benefits cuts should be part of the discussion right now.
This once low-bent bondsman, turned warrior for a day, offers this humble opine, in the hopes that you among the living catch your wits.