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.