Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Breaking Point

By now you have heard that Obama is likely to approve major cuts in Social Security and Medicare in order to get a figleaf of revenue from the GOP and raise the debt ceiling. From Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake:
The amount of damage that the Democrats under Obama have been able to do has been immeasurable, by virtue of the fact that they are less awful that George Bush. But where George Bush failed, Obama will probably succeed.

Which means we’re watching another casualty here: Democracy. Or at least, the illusion that we live in a democratic society. The public, regardless of party, overwhelmingly opposes cuts to Social Security and Medicare. But elected officials of both parties are hell-bent on conspiring to bring the programs to an end. They seem to have come to grips with a fact that the public has not: their tenure in office depends on carrying out the wishes of oligarchical elites.

There is only one thing you can reasonably conclude as you watch the political theater that is transpiring: what the voting public thinks really isn’t all that important. And to the extent that it does matter, it can easily be channeled by those with sufficient money to pay the tab.


Counterlight said...

If he really is going to cave on Social Security and Medicare, then he's lost my vote and I'm endorsing nobody for the White House.

It might be more productive to focus energies on taking back the House and state legislatures and governors' mansions.

Saint Pat said...

Counterlight is right.