Stop the Obama propaganda campaign against the 99%

Yves Smith has an important post up about the coming propaganda campaign against all of us who aren’t the 1%.  We’re going to be forced to eat austerity against our best interests.  Are we going to take this s^&*?  It’s time to call the White House and your elected officials and tell them to stop forcing this budget deal on us because we want no part of it.  Here’s Yves:

The fact is that unless enough Senators decide to oppose Obama, the middle class is going to take a hit out of a budget deal. But it’s now clear that ordinary citizens will also be subjected to a full bore messaging campaign to persuade them that they should regard this counterproductive sacrifice as good for them.

Key extracts from the Guardian:

“Barack Obama has enlisted the help of his formidable grassroots army of volunteers in the battle with Republican members of Congress over the fiscal cliff, the January 1 deadline for a deal on tax and spending….

It calls on them to spread the word about Obama’s position to friends, families and neighbours. It said he wanted a balanced budget that will extend tax cuts for 98% of the population, eliminate tax cuts for the wealthiest and cut spending by $3tn.”

The article indicates that the reason for turning up the messaging is that no progress has been made on the Great Betrayal since Obama went to Asia. That further suggests that he still firmly intends to get a deal done before year end, when it’s clear that going past Jan. 1 would strengthen his negotiating position….if his interest really were in increasing taxes on the rich and sparing Medicare and Social Security. His sense of urgency is further confirmation of whose interests he holds most dear, and they aren’t yours and mine.

So, in summary, “the more effective evil” is about to turn up the volume on deficit reduction using his fanbase to make sure that we get royally screwed by his backers.  Hey, I didn’t vote for him -twice!, (and I loathe Republicans) but this shit has got to stop.  We worked hard for that money and we shouldn’t have to part with a cent of it.

Why isn’t Obama using his fanbase to force bankers to take a haircut and to tell the 1% to stop acting like selfish, greedy pigs?  Why aren’t more people asking that question?

We aren’t Greece, who doesn’t know how to collect taxes, and we aren’t Ireland, who seems to be into masochism without a safety word.  The vast majority of Americans did absolutely nothing to merit this kind of treatment.  We deserve better from our president and his party.

They should be ashamed of themselves.

In the meantime, we still haven’t gotten an effective pushback from the New Deal side of the Democratic party.  There is a giant void.  I am urging all of you bloggers out there to get over your mutual revulsion of each other (ok, of people like me, in particular) and join together to deliver a counter message before it is too late.

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8 Responses

  1. Does Warren Buffet’s suggested Congressional Reform Act fit in anywhere right now? I agree with the content, not sure about the author.

    Congressional Reform Act of 2012

    1. No Tenure / No Pension.

    A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no
    pay when they’re out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
    Security.

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
    Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
    the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
    American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
    Americans do.

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
    Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and
    participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
    American people.

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
    effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this
    contract with Congressmen/women.

    • I totally disagree with you on virtually every single thing you have listed here. And by the way, when did a rich guy like Warren Buffet get to make these kinds of rules anyway?
      It will absolutely not accomplish what Buffet *says* he wants to accomplish because it won’t hurt the wealthy Rep or Senator at all. it will only affect the people who give up their civilian careers to run for office knowing there may not be a job to go back to . So, if what you want to see is more rich people running for office, go right ahead and adopt these rules.
      In general, I object to any idea that we “purchase our retirement plans”. We do not purchase our retirement plans. Pensions are our deferred compensation, invested in safe instruments with a modest rate of return. The idea that we should start purchasing them is anathema to me. That means we take a salary cut. yeah, yeah, I know everyone is doing it nowadays. That doesn’t make it right and I will not accept it as the new norm.
      We did invest our own money in Social Security. We do that as part of the social compact. We deserve to get our money back.
      We are forced to put money in a 401K. If you want to really shake things up, go ahead and suggest changes to that. You will think you have just killed God by the way the bankers overreact. The reactions you get to pensions, social security and 401K plans will tell you what the powers that be value the most. Attack that mercilessly.

      But these stupid Buffet rules? Totally a waste of time. I can’t think of anything that is less guaranteed to get results. If you want to get Congress to pay attention to you, you need to do something about elections. Election reform is one place to start. Paper ballots, more third party candidates, primary challengers, a cap on campaign spending, mandatory public funding, disclosure rules. That kind of thing.
      Also, find out where the congressional aides come from and get rid of the ones who come from a finance industry background. That might help. Fucking around with a Rep or Senator’s pension, salary or benefits? That’s a surefire way to make sure that no average person ever runs for Congress.
      Is that what you want??
      Didn’t think so.

    • I am so annoyed with your comment.
      Where the hell did you get the idea that this was wise?? How is it that these ideas got into your brain and seemed reasonable to you? Why did you fail to think this through?
      It makes me angry to think there are potentially millions of Americans walking around thinking Warren Buffet has a brilliant idea about how to control Congress. It’s almost like some kind of practical joke.
      Damn. Now I need a drink.
      Please do me a favor and don’t leave comments like this. I have to leave it up as an example and it makes me think ill of you.
      Just don’t do it.

  2. Buffet is merely trying to point to another shiny object – knowing people came t loathe the legislators (with some good reason). So, don’t look at the 1%, people! Look! A Congressman got a pension! Seen something similar as a meme – they were using teachers and it was called “Anger Management”

  3. Also, unfortunately, we aren’t Iceland either, which jailed their fraudulent bankers, took over the banks and re-started their economy. Which is why you won’t hear about Iceland much around here.

  4. The superrich used the same tactics in the Wisconsin state worker protests over reduced pensions. It worked, because the average voter has likely had his/her pension stripped or reduced, so, the thinking goes, others should have it done to them too. It’s a very bad way of looking at things, because it deflects blame from where it should be rightly placed. It’s easy to blame Congress, but the real reason for this nonsense is that politicians are routinely bought off by Buffet’s class. This is a an example of giving the rubes a mock execution to throw them off the trail. It makes voters feel good for a while, until they realize nothing has really changed and reduced Congressional pay has done nothing to improve their own lives.

    Americans are used to worshipping wealthy people. Until that changes, we’ll continue to be stuck in a downward spiral of lower wages and reduced living standards.

  5. I am not going to blame the American people-at-large for accepting the propaganda any more than Yves Smith has in the past. (She has referred to the multi-billion-dollar multi-decades 24/7 wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling total omnimedia sensurround Psychological Warfare Campaign waged against the American public in comments on her own threads).

    I myself am only resistant to it to the degree that I am a social misfit
    with little media input into my personal life. We should try to counter the propaganda as best we can, including in personal face-to-face interactions with people we know in the analog meatspace when we discover them transmitting recieved propaganda. Not Your Sweetie’s
    satirical slogan is a handy little countermeme. Hopefully other people will suggest others in case more other people find them useful too.

    ” I PAID for this entitlement!”

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