Rants and ruminations by a classical liberal with radical Chicano tendencies
I’m having a hard time seeing how Americans actually win with this debt deal. Even the White House could only say that previous Republican proposals “would have placed the sole burden of deficit reduction on lower-income and middle-class families.” But, without a revenue component, it does just that.
While it may look great that there are some cuts to defense spending, thus making the cuts in places besides social services, the President and Congress seem to have forgot that much of that spending also goes to middle class families. Specifics weren’t laid out in the White House memo, but you can be assured that things like raises for soldiers and health care coverage will be affected. In fact, I have been having this conversation with my mother for a while with regard to her TRICARE Prime coverage. That coverage which was once at the Cadillac level, is slowly but surely looking like Ford Fiesta. I’m no fan of big military spending, but make no mistake, these cuts are not going to impact the big contractors making all the money in direct defense costs. Programs like TRICARE will just get cut yet again.
So while military spouses like my Mom and poor people who benefit from social services will feel the “burden of deficit reduction,” the super-rich will still pay little to no taxes.
That’s not a shared burden. That BS.
While some people look at cockroaches as disgusting pests, We view them as resilient organisms that predate humans and will likely outlive us as well. People of color, the poor, the downtrodden, and the oppressed, much like cockroaches, are often despised, feared and in some cases have been the objects of extermination.
We started this blog as an attempt to understand the complicated world we live in. Things have changed since the old days of conquest, colonization, and slavery. Anonymous living, consumerism, and mass media have made it difficult to identify the forces that make modern-day oppression possible. Thus, posts here tend to focus on corruption, media, bureaucracy, ethics, economics, law, human rights, etc...in short, We try to take a second-order inquiry into assumptions and systems that some of us take for granted. We also take time to challenge stereotypes that function to place us in a box. Occasionally, We just rant.
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