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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-05-13 07:41 AM
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Newest recruits in the war on seniors, widows, orphans and the disabled: PBS and Charlie Rose
Edited on Thu Dec-05-13 08:40 AM by No Elephants
Charlie Rose interviewed hedge fund manager, Stan Druckenmiller, who travels to colleges, telling students their greedy, rich ole grandma is robbing them blind by collecting the modest Social Security check she paid for all her working life, when she doesn't even need it!

And Charlie Rose apparently never challenged a word. Or thought it worth mentioning that people pay into Social Security all their working lives, with the understanding that the money is being invested in a trust fund, to earn money for decades, and then be doled out to them or their survivors, in the event of early death or disability or surviving the age of retirement.

You know, like insurance that you pay for, or in this case, were forced by your government to pay for? As in Old Age, Survivors and Disablity Insurance.

What would the 1% think of an insurance company that collected premiums from them all their lives, then refused to pay when an event insured against occurred? (Oops, Grannie. We never invested your premiums for you like we promised. We used them to fight wars of aggression and treat the three branches of government that you also pay for like bleeding royalty.)

Crooks, right? So, why are some of our wealthiest, most respected citizens deceiving the public in the hope of making the US government behave like crooks toward people who supported that same government by paying taxes all their working lives and don't have enough to eat in their most vulnerable times?

Surely, Charlie Rose, now 71, who works also at Good Morning, America and this hedge hog fund rodent don't really need their salaries for survival at this point. Why do they continue to collect them, then? Are they also collecting OASDI, too, as do most eligible Republicans who rail against poor people collecting it?

Inquiring minds want to know.

As far as wealthier recipients collecting it, hell, they paid for it, too. And we all know what will be the endgame of converting OASDI from the insurance program that it has always been to a need-based program like welfare, don't we? Along will come the next President Bill Clinton and brag about having ended need-based"welfare Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance as we know it." Too bad about all those insurance premiums you paid in all your working lives, suckers!

I observed that PBS has been going downhill in terms of speaking to and for the public, as in public broadcasting system, with the notable exception of Bill Moyers. But, it seems that PBS is now showcasing the 1% as much or more than any network that actually is forced to appeal to the viewing public in order to survive.

BTW, you know those mega figures that you see in the federal budget for OASDI/Medicare? Does anyone complaining about Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance ever indicate that those are NOT net figures? Of course not.

They can't handle the truth. Or maybe they just don't want to.

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-06-13 06:47 AM
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1. PBS now sucks just like the rest.
No where in the TV media will you hear an alternative to the official catfood commission talking points.

MSNBC's Ed will risk his job to have a few words about Social Security. Once in a great while someone will allow Bernie Sanders to have a few words with the understanding that he is a radical socialist that has no credibility.

But for the rest of the time it is official anti-New Deal rhetoric 24/7. This nation and its media sucks, now including previously unbiased sources like NPR and PBS.

When they essentially call us "useless eaters" are they Fascists yet?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-06-13 07:30 AM
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2. They may not ever call people that, but they are treating them that way.
If they are not fascists technically yet, that seems to be where they're headed on many fronts.

I just did a thread on St. Nicholas, which reminds me: NORAD added fighter jets to its tracking Santa for the kiddies.

I guess the war on Christmas is not just a figure of speech. Start brainwashing knee-jerk affection for the military early. "Train up a child in the way that he should go and he will not depart from it."

Thanks, Obama.

Funny you say that about Bernie. As a Democratic Socialist, he won elections in Vermont. Once, the Republicans and Democrats got so tired of it that they got together and backed a single candidate against him. He won anyway.

How do I know? I read his wiki a while back. His wiki has since been purged of his Democratic Socialist history. Last time I checked his wiki, the word "socialist" appeated only in a footnote.

Added to the wiki since I had last read it, though, was a description of the deal he made with Democrats. You can check it out at his wiki if you want. I'm googled out already!

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-07-13 06:54 AM
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3. They all but say "useless eaters".
Their weasel words mean the same.

How is the nation not Fascist?

Corporations essentially write legislation. Congresspersons are essentially employees of the corporations. The Criminal banks are exempt from prosecution because of their superior position. Eric Holder admitted that we cannot prosecute the criminal banks because such an action might harm the economy.

Every person in this nation and even our allies are under constant surveillance by a MASSIVE "security" apparatus.

This is the merger of state and corporate power, pure and simple. We don't have to wait for them to fill prisons with political prisoners for it to qualify as Fascism.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-07-13 07:23 AM
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4. No argument here. (They're just not that into us.)
Edited on Sat Dec-07-13 07:44 AM by No Elephants
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