They’ve already started taking big bites of the Medicaid funding. They’re working on the Medicare funding, too. No rocket science is required to figure it out.
“Privatize” after all, is Republican code for moving public assets into private hands. Public assets, you recall, are shared monies we give to the government to safeguard and use “to promote the general welfare”. Not the welfare of banks or corporations or rich individuals. The general welfare. Us.
But like the privateers of old, the Street has been on a steady course of pillaging the wealth of the nation. Privateers, of course, are simply pirates with government authorization. This is easy to get, once you’ve purchased most of the “elected” representatives.
First, they took down the S&Ls, then some insurance companies, then the mortgage industry, the big small banks and, recently, any equity we had in real estate. They’ve started on education. And now it’s the prize of prizes: The Social Security trust fund. It’s not enough to privatize education, incarceration, defense and infrastructure. All wealth must be removed from the control of the people who made it real.
Don’t buy the notion that you’d have been better off planning and saving on your own for retirement; millions of people who did just that are living on Social Security now. And it’s not their “fault”. They had SEPPs and IRAs and 401ks and all manner of private retirement savings programs, all tied largely to the markets and all looted through market and social manipulation since 1980. You can look it up.
First they took all your cash, all the while exhorting you to max out your borrowing power. Then they took all the equity you had in property. For the majority nearing retirement, any future they had “ensured” through private investment has been destroyed time and again by excesses of these pirate crews. If that’s not true in your family, you are either in the top 20% financially, or you’re one of the hogs lined up at the slaughterhouse.
Your refusal to demand honest and competent representatives has sealed the deal. Your indifference to their outrageous behavior and increasingly blatant theft of your basic human rights and your property added blessing to it.
Just so I’m perfectly clear on this: the people who yell “Let them die” in reference to the sick or injured without health insurance will be no less brutal and indifferent when you, your family and your friends fall further and further out of the spheres of money and purchased influence. (Have you not noticed how cleverly we ignore the problems of homelessness and poverty? If only those people had made better choices in life!)
Why should we be surprised? For a long time the lesson of justice in America has been “steal big and steal from the right people”. It’s true that, here, justice is blind; blind to truth, blind to integrity, blind to poverty, blind to need. And most of all, blind to social justice.
As the great American kleptocracy eats more and more of our peoples’ assets it becomes ever more ravenous. If you are a mere millionaire you are in line to be eaten. A billion might preserve you; it will be a much battered billion by the time you die, because they are never done eating. And your progeny are likely to be eaten after you are gone; if not by the system we have allowed to flourish, then by the people the system will soon have starving. Remember, the ladder is destabilized as the bottom rungs are removed.
Truth is, Social Security as it stands is working fine and can easily work for the long term with minor tweaks and reality adjustments. But apparently, we no longer have the will to do right or censure wrong.
You can oppose the privateers. You can ignore them. You can support them.
If yours are the last two choices, I encourage you to take a good hard look at what your fellow humans are capable of doing to one another. Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and an increasing majority of white Americans can tell you about it: The privateers will show no mercy.
That, you can take all the way to the bank.