It has been said that in politics you know that you have a good compromise when neither side is happy, if we were to apply that to people then Elizabeth Warren must be onto something with her call to expand Social Security rather than cut it.
Recently Jim Kessler, vice president and co-founder of the centrist Democrat think tank Third Way appeared on Sirius XM radio and told host Ari Rabin-Havt that the op-ed written by himself and Jon Cowan for the Wall Street Journal attacking Warren was something that had to be done because she is “starting to get out of hand.”
Apparently Mr. Kessler thinks that she should be representing the corporate interests just as the Republicans and Tea Party are doing, rather than the people who have elected her to represent them. Kessler and other “centrist” Democrats have had the party in their pockets for big business since the 1990s and are frightened that people like Warren are in a position to take that power from them and give it back to the people.
To that end they have decided to make a deal with the devil and join forces with Republicans to combat her brand of populism.
They have always been careful how they word things when they speak of fiscal responsibility, never saying outright that they advocate making cuts to Social Security, but make no mistake, that is exactly what they would like to do. It is horrifying to them to hear Warren calling not for cuts but for increases to the only means of income many have for retirement.
The last crash wiped out many 401k accounts and severely depleted those that remain, making Social Security even more important. This is not the time to be talking about reducing this important benefit.
This is another of those instances where the right has misled and outright lied to the people in an attempt to convince people that their pockets are being picked by people lacking in ambition and suckling at the government teat. They paint a picture of seniors living the life of Riley on the taxpayers dime, much the same way that they describe the “welfare queen.”
As with the “welfare queen” the retiree who is depending on Social Security for all or most of his income is getting by, he is not living a life of luxury and it is a benefit which he has earned, it is not picking the taxpayer’s pocket. This is someone who has worked and paid taxes his or her entire life.
You can hear Jim Kessler on Sirius in the clip below.
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Hat Tip: Salon