The battle now going on in Washington over taxes and entitlements is a fixed fight. Democratic and Republic leaders now agree that crucial safety net programs such as Social Security and Medicare would be cut. The only question is whether reductions in entitlements will be accompanied by moderate tax increases on the upper-income brackets, as the Democrats propose, or not, as the Republicans insists.
I blame President Barack Obama more than I blame right-wing Republicans such as Rep. Paul Ryan. It is obvious what Ryan’s objective is—to destroy the social safety net, minimize taxes on rich people and give free rein to corporations. And his supporters are in full agreement with his objective.
Obama’s actions are the opposite of his rhetoric, and, unlike with Ryan, the opposite of what his core supporters want. I oppose the whole right-wing corporatist coalition—Ryan, Scott Walker the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council…
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