John Liming - American Liberal Times

Austerity Is Not The Answer!

I think a lot of Conservatives have hated Social Security since the time it was first implemented during The Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration back in the 1940s.

The funny thing to me is that no matter how much some of the Conservatives claim to dislike Social Security (Because they like to talk about how it is nothing but a “Give Away” program that takes from the “Honest Taxpayer” and gives to those who want Government handouts) they seem to be more than happy to receive that monthly check themselves, don’t they?

I have discovered (In my experience) that many who claim to be Conservative will argue until they are blue in the face about why Government should never have such things as Medicare, Social Security, Pell Grants or much of anything else that will help people who sometimes have few other resources (Or none at all).

I have also discovered that many of those same Righties who argue against all the Government “Give Aways” are often the first ones in line with their hand out when it comes time to get a piece of this “Government Pie.”

Of course, being a staunch Liberal myself, I find this attitude on the part of some Conservative types to be absolutely the epitome of hypocrisy.

I hear a lot of Conservatives talking about the need to cut back on Government Spending but then I observe that the last time they got control of the reins of government, they built the largest government bureaucracy ever known in this country and ran up the biggest national debt ever…so what I want to know is “What are they talking about?”

Practically speaking, if The Righties were finally able to get rid of all those social safety net programs they claim to detest so much (And believe me when I tell you they appear to be working on it every day that passes) the overall benefit to the American Economy would hardly be noticeable.

In fact, I think that if the Draconians on The Right side of the aisle are ever able to jam their “Cuts” down the American People’s throats, the effect on the Economy will most likely be disasterous.

Imagine what it would be like if suddenly millions of retirement age seniors were to face the prospect that all their income were cut off—every penny—except for what little they might have been able to save all their lives (Which will soon be spent and gone if inflation does what inflation does).

Yes, try to get a picture of what it would be like to have these senior citizens without any income at all or any prospects of having any.

If that were to happen (And that is what some of The Righties are working to make happen in my view) the days of seniors without adequate food, clothing, housing or medical care would be on us in a flash like it was in the 1920s and 30s and there would be visible desperation, poverty and despair in this country like no one could possibly imagine in their wildest imaginations.

If The greed hawks on the Right keep on with their ambitions, the day may come when a working person will be faced with the fact that they dare not retire before they are in their mid 70s, 80s or worse. (Raising the retirement age is one of Righties big ideas for saving Social Security.)

Personally, I think if they are going to get the retirement age raised, they should just “Go For It” and get it up to 100 years or so and be done with it.

Of course I am only kidding, but I wouldn’t put it past some of them to think in those terms.

Now consider this:

If seniors were forced to meet such prohibitive requirements for collecting any Social Security and they had to keep on working for all those extra years—how many job openings do you think there would be for new employees to enter the work force?

There would be quite a few less available jobs if seniors were forced to hang on for all those extra years because I doubt that the “Job Creators” (The Rich that are always portrayed as “The Job Creators”) would be very much more disposed to spending capital to make work for people than they are right now…do you?

How many businesses can you name that are in business for the sake of creating jobs?

Most of the businesses that I have ever been associated with are in business to make money—not to create jobs.

In fact, most of the businesses I have known would rather eliminate jobs wherever they can in order to increase the bottom line.

But Righties never tire of spouting that same old line about the “Job Creators” do they?

If America gets to the point where Conservatives can damage the social safety net enough, unemployment will rise to tragic proportions in this country and may never be reversible unless there are vast public works programs introduced like there were in the 1940s.

And that option—in my view–is not available with the obstructionists and intransigents of Conservatism in The United States.

The bottom line is this:

If Rightie gets all the cuts in the social safety net programs that they seem to want, the end result will be that the fat cats will get fatter yet on the middle class and lower income earner’s dime, the general Economy will go to worse straights than it is in now and the senior citizens will suffer a fate worse than they could in any Third World country.

I hope American Voters are smarter than to allow the greed mongers to do these awful things to our beloved country just so some who already have most of the wealth can have a little more.

It is unfair and unjust and detrimental to America and I hope and pray that things like the Occupy Wall Street Movement will inspire others at the grass roots to step forward for the sake of Justice and Equality and cause America to kick Radical Conservatism and it’s forced austerity measures in the rear end on a massive scale.

American leaders need to get back to a place where they can work together and they need to reject the notion of “My Way Or The Highway” at the negotiating table because if they do not or cannot, this country will undoubtedly be in for some rough sledding over the next few decades.

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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation.

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