"No" to the Super Committee of the One Percent!

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For generations in this country any talk by an elected official of cutting Social Security meant political suicide.

Now, however, the idea of cutting Social Security as part of a deficit reduction deal between Republicans and Democrats is gaining traction among members of both parties on the Super Committee. The so-called grand compromise is that Democrats would go along with cuts in Social Security if Republicans would budge on taxes for the rich. The Super Committee is supposed to come up with proposals to reduce the federal deficit by Thanksgiving, otherwise legislation now in place will force automatic and draconian cuts.

The apparent consensus by both Republicans and Democrats on the federal budget deficit Super Committee to slash Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are an unacceptable outrage. Our so-called "representatives" on that committee have no right to ask American workers to shoulder even a fraction of an ounce more of a debt burden created by Wall Street greed.

Any "deal" that results in cuts to these programs will be seen by the broad majority in this country as a deal crafted by and for the one percent. The Super Committee, behind closed doors, is crafting a deal that makes the 99 percent locked outside its doors pay more than it has already paid.

Behind its closed doors the "bi-partisan" Super Committee is drafting a plan to slam our parents and grandparents with big cuts in Social Security.

Millions expected that at least the Democrats on that committee would work on their behalf and support measures that would shift the burden of this crisis to the wealthy. Perhaps because of the mandatory cuts hanging over the nation's head or because of pressure from top leadership they have decided not to do this.

Any politician who decides to go along with Republican plans to slash Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, however, is making a big mistake. A huge majority would decide that the politician in question was with the one percent, not with the people. Democrats who allow themselves to be put in that position will suffer on Election Day, when their own base fails to come out to support them.

The Super Committee looks, to the American people, to be a committee of the one percent. How else could it load more burdens on working people while the wealthiest Americans carry nothing? Workers have already given their jobs, their wages and their homes to pay for the debts owed by Wall Street.

Only a committee of the one percent could tell minorities and the poor that it's OK if they lose Social Security which, for them, is their only source of income.

With income inequality at historic levels, only a committee of the one percent could propose cuts that make that income gap even more unequal.

We reject the proposals of the Super Committee of the One Percent and support instead a program for the 99 percent, including a surtax on millionaires, taxing capital gains as regular income, allowing the Bush tax cuts for the rich to expire, a financial transactions tax and ending tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas.

The AFL-CIO has launched a national campaign to urge Congress and the Senate to say "no" to all the Super Committee cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. 700,000 online activists are being geared up to stop these cuts. The federation has announced that everyone can join that fight by texting DEBT to 235246 to send a message to their lawmakers.

Photo: At the Village Halloween Parade Oct. 31, New York City. About 200 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators joined the marchers, wearing costumes that reflect their protest. (Tina Fineberg/AP)

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  • This article makes a very good point. The economic structure, of capitalism, is inimical to all but the big bourgeoisie -- the bankers, the industrial-imperialists, and the corporations who control all of the wealth on the backs of the people. But the political structure is also corrupt, rotten to the core. The paid political hacks are owned by the moneyed class, and do their bidding. The connection has to be broken; the structure, the political system, after all, is built upon the superstructure, the economy. Smash one, smash both. A two-pronged tactic is required: to dismantle the capitalist economy; and to break the symbiotic relation which the current political system enjoys with international Capital. (Just an aside: I wonder would Eisenhower, who in his farewell address warned us against the domination of the military-industrial complex, be even remotely regarded as a Republican by today's GOP. I kind of doubt it. I wouldn't even be surprised if he'd today be WITH Occupy Wall Street.)

    Posted by Irving, 11/04/2011 7:55pm (3 years ago)

  • Also, we the people should control the banks. How many bailouts have there been already? We will ALWAYS be on the hook for what they do, so we should have control over them.

    Posted by Trailer Trash, 11/03/2011 8:31am (3 years ago)

  • Any Democrat who sells out Social Security, damages the party. I haven't donated to Democrats all these years, to be sold out by Max Baucus and Patty Murray. Any democrat that even suggests cutting social security and medicare becomes someone I target for defeat at the next election and nothing they do after that will change my course. Do you hear me Nancy Pelosi? No deal on Social Security--NONE! Raise the Cap, Raise Taxes on Wall Street and End the Wars. Occupy Wall Street is right--Wall Street, the Bush Tax Cuts and nd his wars are why we have massive budget deficits and NO JOBS. Tax Wall Street, create a new WPA and leave Social Security alone!!

    Posted by Ron Russell, 11/02/2011 12:11am (3 years ago)

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