Sunday, July 11, 2010

Heck of a job Brownie!

The Bush crony in charge of the Social Security Commission Michael J. Astrue, who still has 3½ years left on his term and is difficult to fire, is trying to pressure the chief actuary Stephen C. Goss a career civil servant. The Republicans want him to produce numbers favoring their efforts in Congress to cripple Social Security with the intention of doing away with it or at least funneling the money to Wall Street where it will never be seen again.

Republicans are trying to paint Goss as over reaching his authority because he is speaking publicly about the condition of the Social Security system since it runs counter to their propaganda campaign to convince people the system is broken. Astrue’s attempts to gag Goss for the past two years have met with resistance and Democrats are now mounting an effort to see to it that Goss is not fired or demoted.

This is a repeat of the Republicans’ gagging the actuary for the Medicare system when they engineered the trillion dollar giveaway to the drug companies in 2004. The Bush crime family had threatened to fire him and worse if he responded to Democrats’ requests to know what that boon doggle would cost. His estimates proved to be far lower than the reality as big pharma moved to drastically raise prices since it was enshrined in law that Medicare could not negotiate prices.

This is just one of the innumerable efforts of imbedded Republicans to sabotage the government and rob the treasury in any way that they can. "Heck of a job Brownie!"