The Committee for a Responsible Budget (CFRB) is at it again in their quest to cut Social Security and Medicare. Cloaked behind a lace curtain of “bipartisan” concern, the committee includes impotent deficit hawks, sharks and other carnivores of ill repute.
Of course, at the top of the list is Pete Peterson, a very, very old creature and to his fellow seniors, certainly very, very cold and calculating. This Wall Street darling, founder of the Blackstone Group (about $7 billion annual income), is former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, chairman emeritus of the Council for Foreign Relations, founder of the Concord Group, and former CEO of Lehman Brothers (John Kasich’s prior employer). With that background he deserves the Establishment+ designation.
If you watch tv you have probably noticed ads from Fix the Debt, which was founded in 2012, funded by Peterson and multiple CEOs and corporations. Fix the Debt is calling for a grand deficit bargain to be reached by reducing taxes on the wealthy, and cutting Medicare and Social Security by raising eligibility ages for both and reducing benefits.
Whether you like a candidate or not, ask yourself what kind of behavior should be accepted – even promoted – by the public media, when an event is held in a private venue? Were you shocked when a mob screamed and tore up signs just to disrupt a rally in Chicago? Is there any difference between a rented hall and a church, synagogue or mosque? Finally, what distinguishes a private, ticketed rally being swarmed, and the same crowd descending into your living room and screaming at you?
Jaymal (aka: Jamal) Green was interviewed (in the video above) by Megyn Kelly on FOX News Friday night, last week, and he was treated as a community activist. He opposes Donald Trump, and said that is why he led the effort to cancel the Chicago rally.
Megyn has many guests like this, who dislike Trump, and frankly it’s beginning to remind me of two co-workers having a secret affair, but constantly arguing at work to hide their romance from the rest of the staff.
In the spirit of searching for a new John Galt, a few keystrokes revealed that Jaymal’s Twitter page is called Your Favorite Singerand uses a picture of Bernie and Jaymal together, as the profile shot. For those into music, Jaymal has even written a theme song for Sanders, which he sells for 99 cents on cdbaby. But (for a limited time only) you can hear it free on this blog.
“I was thinking that I could get up on stage and take his podium away from him and take his mike away from him and send a message to all people out in the country who wouldn’t consider themselves racist, who wouldn’t consider themselves approving of what type of violence Donald Trump is allowing in his rallies, and send them a message that we can be strong, that we can find our strength and we can stand up against Donald Trump and against this new wave he’s ushering in of truly just violent white supremacist ideas,” Tommy DiMassimo told CNN in an exclusive (paid?) interview Sunday on the network. CNN’s Martin Savidge reported from Fairborn, Ohio, and Dana Ford wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Jeremy Diamond, Eugene Scott and Sarah Aarthun contributed to the report.
But DiMassimo, 22, didn’t make it to the podium. He was tackled by Secret Service officers, and members of Trump’s security detail rushed to cover the candidate.
“…I was thinking that Donald Trump is a bully, and he is nothing more than that. He is somebody who is just saying a lot of bold things, he’s making bold claims. But I can see right through that and I can see that he’s truly just a coward. And he’s opportunistic and he’s willing to destroy this country for power for himself,” DiMassimo said.
Why would CNN interview a thug who stormed the podium and was dragged out by the Secret Service? One reason is that Donald Trump might have gained sympathy for being unjustly attacked by a nut job. CNN was not going to let that happen.
Mighty Mite Romney is using robo-calls to urge voters in four states to support Marco Rubio in today’s GOP primaries. Also, in one state he urges support of John Kasich, as well as Rubio. In all calls he disparages Donald Trump, and doesn’t mention second-place Ted Cruz.
To the untrained eye (or ear?) this is very confusing, especially when Romney reps declare that they will also be helping Cruz in the future, but not today. They say it’s all an effort to block Trump from winning the party’s Presidential nomination, despite his near universal approval by voters in national polls.
While you might disagree with Trump on many issues, nearly every American is disgusted with a campaign finance system that allows the very rich to give millions to elect their stooges to public office. Both Trump and Bernie Sanders have railed against the super pacs and their hidden contributors. Trump has especially ranted against those who pull the strings before and after elections, and he has been attacked by the rich interests, who want to continue their control of the electoral process.
The big money, big control boys are nervous, very nervous over the prospect of a Sanders or Clinton victory. At this point Trump seems more likely to gain the prize (unless there is a F.B.I. surprise) so most guns are directed at him.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, pontificated about plans to cut Social Security on Thursday, last week, at the Urban-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center, Washington, DC. Brady wants to cut Social Security by not only raising the retirement age to 70, but also imposing means testing to cut benefits. He advocated “creating a true cost-of-living for seniors,” meaning using the chained-CPI cost-of-living adjustment formula to further reduce benefits. Chained CPI is lower than the CPI used to adjust everything else.
Brady’s only accomplishment, other than public office, was serving as an executive at the Rapid Cities (ND) Chamber of Commerce before he moved to Texas..