Dave Stancliff The Social Security/Medicare "Crisis" Is Really a Choice - Between the Middle Class and the Wealthy blogarama.com

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Social Security/Medicare "Crisis" Is Really a Choice - Between the Middle Class and the Wealthy

Guest Opinion

By Richard (RJ) Eskow

“The word for today is "choice," not "crisis."

It's time to stop saying the country "can't afford" Medicare, Social Security, or other programs that benefit the middle class. If I told my mother that I "can't mow the lawn" or "I can't do all that homework" when I was a kid, she'd say: "Don't say you can't. Say you don't want to." (The outcome of these exchanges was inevitable. Hello, lawnmower ...)

Now we're told there's a "crisis" and we can no longer afford the middle-class American dream. The truth is the opposite: Our long-term problems aren't caused by the middle class, but by politicians who choose to sacrifice the middle class for wealthy interests.

All this talk about a "debt crisis" is a way for politicians to avoid telling the truth: They'd rather say they "have to" sacrifice the middle class than admit they're making a choice.” Read the rest here.

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