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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:21 AM

Bush’s Tax Cuts and War in Iraq Broke Us, So Let’s Cut Medicare!

It’s immoral to cut Medicare to pay for George Bush’s lies


I cannot believe that Democrats are even considering raising the eligibility age for Medicare as part of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

First off, $15bn a year is hardly significant savings, and that’s what you save (at a maximum – some argue it’s significantly less) when you raise the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67: a whopping $15bn a year.

You know how much George Bush’s little venture in Iraq has been costing us per year? In FY 2011, $46 billion. That’s three times the savings from cutting Medicare.

And overall, the damn war is going to cost us $3 trillion, according to Joe Stiglitz. $3 trillion for George Bush’s lie. But let’s cut all of our Medicare coverage for two years in order to pay for the Republican party’s lie of the decade, along with their other lie of the decade, Bush’s tax cuts, that supposedly were going to pay for themselves.

The tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined eat up the lion’s share of the deficit over the coming years. (See the chart to the right.) So let’s cuts Medicare instead!

Just to be clear, those tax cuts and Bush’s little wars are going to be paid for by cutting your and my Medicare coverage.

Nice.

http://americablog.com/2012/12/cut-medicare-republican-tax-cuts-iraq.html

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UCmeNdc Dec 2012 OP
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #1
BeyondGeography Dec 2012 #2
eomer Dec 2012 #3
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #4
eomer Dec 2012 #5
John2 Dec 2012 #6
dmosh42 Dec 2012 #7

Response to UCmeNdc (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:25 AM

1. It's all about the MIC and $$$$$. Big profits come from war, but the MIC doesn't give a F about

old people. Make killing machines for old people and the MIC would see $$$$$ and get really interested.

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Response to UCmeNdc (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:28 AM

2. You're welcome, America

W. was fatal.

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Response to UCmeNdc (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:38 AM

3. The other major contributor is the recession, caused by Wall Street.

Of our current deficit the biggest contributor is the recession. So rather than an austerity bomb, what we should be doing is stimulus.

If politicians were really trying to solve the problem and make our economy work for most of us, they would increase spending in the short term, cut military spending in the long term, and raise taxes on the wealthy. In other words, just the opposite of what they will try to do.

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Response to eomer (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:48 AM

4. Exactly!!! Make "we the people," the masses, suffer so the few can get lots of $$$$$. That IS the

American way anymore.

We don't have a country, the USA is now a corporation and the employees, "we the people" are mistreated and in fact, although led to believe otherwise, have an ever decreasing representation in our government.

Does anyone really think the typical congressman is just like them. Most congressmen are part of the problem, so they get voted in again and again and the people, the masses, expect something different that benefits "we the people."

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:09 AM

5. Agreed, we have not been a democracy for a while.

The only hopeful sign is that if things have to get worse in order to get better, then we're headed in the right direction.

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Response to UCmeNdc (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:37 AM

6. Yep,

 

most of those wealthy people in Congress and the media, convince the public, it needed to go to War in Iraq and rebuild it. They also claimed Iraq would pay for itself and pay us back too. It was nothing but a scam period. We have created an wealthy elite group of people in this country, that consider the rest of us just moochers and takers. It wasn't just Mitt Romney. Once people enter into that class, they don't know anything about the middleclass and poor. I was surprised, Cory Booker needed to use an experiment to even know what people on limited budgets go through. And when I listen to little Harold Ford Jr who is Black, it was astounding to me the way he refers to Social Security and Medicare as if this wasteful spending. He is ignorant about the people that he is talking about because Daddy provided for him.

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Response to UCmeNdc (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:28 AM

7. Raising the tax rates on the rich is about equality, and there's nothing to trade!

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