Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Grab your pitch fork and light the torches

With a crash of thunder, a bolt of lightning in the night has caused Paul Ryan’s budget monster to rise from the operating table to begin its reign of terror across the land. But, don’t give up hope, the brave villagers of the Senate have vowed to not let the monster get past them and into the world.

Meanwhile back at the Castle, things are not going so well for Doctor Franken-Ryan and Count Boner (only his orange SPF-500 allows him out in the daylight). A crowd of tea bag Igors have them cornered and are demanding the evil creation be rebuilt to their liking. It seems the monster is not vile enough, not cruel enough, and not sufficiently mad enough for their liking. They believe they control the Castle and know what terror is best for the village.

Even though the proposed budget will totally screw the middleclass, taking an axe to food stamps, college education, Medicaid and Medicare, this is not enough for the hard right. You didn’t think there could be a right more hard-hearted than Ryan, did you?

The current plan features a 35% tax cut for the rich and is “revenue neutral” by cutting deductions. Deductions that favor the middle-class whose tax rate won’t go down. Medicaid will be under-funded via block grants to the states who will be cut loose to provide for their poor, or let them die in the streets. The majority of Medicaid now goes to nursing home residents who will find their Medicare drying up as well. Medicare will be converted to a voucher system with fixed government payments to pay toward private insurance. This will simply make it unavailable to seniors without the means to make up the difference.

The very elderly or the very sick simply won’t be able to afford the premiums of private insurance. The phrase “being afraid of outliving your retirement savings” that so-called investment advisors throw around will take on a whole new meaning. You won’t outlive your savings by all that much. Supposedly this draconian measure will be put off for ten years, it seems people under 55 don’t realize they will need to retire, or believe that they will surely win the lottery by then.

This budget will immediately bring back the corporatization of Medicare with billions and billions of giveaways to Medicare Advantage, where the advantage goes to private insurance companies, and not seniors who get screwed when it comes time to use it.

The good news is that none of this will happen, for now. Our fate now depends on whether or not Karl Rove and his howling super-pack of wolves, financed by the billionaires, are able to steal the Congressional election. We are being lulled into a false sense of security by the clowns running against Obama. Rove has been able to pull off an eighteen point swing in the Elizabeth Warren poll numbers putting her way behind in a Senate race she should be able to win easily.

Rove and his super-pack could also swing state and local races. Our only advantage is that the tea baggers continue to assert their control of the Republican Party on a local level, and it could simply fall apart. But, if the billionaires own enough of the candidates, do parties matter? www.prairie2.com


Anonymous said...

The guillotine knows no parties.