August 25, 2011

The rich (and Dear Leader?) versus Social Security

This is the type of world the Koch Bros. et al want to see when they oppose raising the amount of income subject to Social Security payroll taxes.

Sorry, hotel housemaid with fallen arches and varicose veins, but the rich think you're going to wreck the budget and Social Security, and refuse to countenance other fixes. You're going to have to work until 70.

Sorry, truck driver with a bad back. The rich say you just haven't worked long enough and are going to bankrupt Social Security, and refuse to countenance other fixes. You're going to have to work until 70.

Sorry, age-discrimination-suffering person who wound up at 7-Eleven. The rich say that if you really were a better worker in today's Social Darwinist America, you never would have fallen down to 7-Eleven, wouldn't have had to raid your 401, and risk bankrupting Social Security, and refuse to countenance other fixes. You're going to have to work until 70.

Sorry, grandparents who took in a grandkid who was using drugs, and saw the bipartisan police state (hey, it's true) take much of your possessions in an asset seizure forfeiture. The rich are worried you might bankrupt Social Security, and refuse to countenance other fixes. You're going to have to work until 70.

That said, it's not just the rich, it's the water-carriers for the rich. Don't forget that raising the retirement age is part and parcel of Dear Leader's Catfood Commission.

This is the update to Ted Kennedy's Borkian American - a Koch Bros. American not (just) of abortions in back alleys but people being told to wear themselves out because they've been unlucky in the highly contingent game of life, even as they're being called freeloaders in some way, shape, form or language.

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