The Next Phase: Looting Social Security, 401Ks, IRAs and Whatever Is Left?

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After what we have seen in the last eight years in particular, why do we assume that there is any boundary to the venality of powerful men? That there is ever enough?

Crony capitalism gives way to coolie capitalism. The belief in the priority of the privileged few to possess the greatest share of the nation’s wealth endures.

Where is the justice? Where is the reform?

“Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.”
Janwillem van de Wetering

“Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.”
Dr. Josef Mengele

The Nation
Looting Social Security
By William Greider
February 11, 2009

Governing elites in Washington and Wall Street have devised a fiendishly clever “grand bargain” they want President Obama to embrace in the name of “fiscal responsibility.” The government, they argue, having spent billions on bailing out the banks, can recover its costs by looting the Social Security system. They are also targeting Medicare and Medicaid. The pitch sounds preposterous to millions of ordinary working people anxious about their economic security and worried about their retirement years. But an impressive armada is lined up to push the idea–Washington’s leading think tanks, the prestige media, tax-exempt foundations, skillful propagandists posing as economic experts and a self-righteous billionaire spending his fortune to save the nation from the elderly.

These players are promoting a tricky way to whack Social Security benefits, but to do it behind closed doors so the public cannot see what’s happening or figure out which politicians to blame. The essential transaction would amount to misappropriating the trillions in Social Security taxes that workers have paid to finance their retirement benefits. This swindle is portrayed as “fiscal reform.” In fact, it’s the political equivalent of bait-and-switch fraud….

Read the rest of the story here.

Discussion of this topic at Economist’s View here.

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