That may not be the intention, but it will be the outcome of the so-called “Grand Compromise,” tasked to a select number of Democratic officials whose compromises will indeed sell out the poor, veterans, the elderly and children. Sound alarmist? Military retirement in this suite of proposals would be slashed by $11 billion, nutrition assistance for poor children by $2 billion, $425 billion additional from Medicare and Medicaid, and much more that would assist or provide a safety net for the middle class, the elderly, children and poor. See the full list at the link below.
Curiously, only $200 million of the estimated $10-52 b-b-b-billion given to oil companies as subsidies was offered by Obama to the Republicans http://priceofoil.org/fossil-fuel-subsidies/. In other words, Obama has already cut the deal, they are just haggling over details. What’s that old joke, about the guy who asks an attractive woman if she would sleep with him for a million dollars. When she says she would for a million, he asks if she would sleep with him for a dollar. What sort of woman do you think I am, she replies? We know what sort you are, replies the man, now we are simply haggling over the price.
Today in Federal Plaza, in the shadow of Durbin’s downtown Chicago headquarters community activists erected for the fourth day a soup kitchen and a makeshift shantytown, dubbed “Durbinville.” Their hope is to remind Durbin of his oath and responsibility to the voters, not the welthy with whom he kanoodles and cahvorts with.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin leads negotiations for austerity cuts to appease Republicans ahead of the so-called fiscal cliff. Republicans ran and lost on a policy of cuts to social programs to the poor and elderly, and a staunch refusal to consider higher taxes for corporations and the wealthy or cuts to military spending. That repudiation by voters of the Republican agenda should have proved a mandate and a roadmap for the Obama Administration. Instead, despite what he says in the media, Obama and Dick Durbin have hardly been honest or faithful to the voters who put them in office.
At today’s protest 4 activists were arrested for attempting to bring the shantytown into Durbin’s office, in hopes he would no longer have the luxury of ignoring constituents. they were charged with disturbing a peace already disturbed by proposed and threatened austerity cuts. So far Durbin has been less than interested in the growing anger over his betrayal of citizens in favor of the wealthy and powerful.
Said one activist, “Durbin seemed to move a little on social security when we met with him a few weeks ago, but then waffled. We’re not going away.”