Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dealing with the budget deficit the old fashioned way!

Obama is going to make up for not cutting deep enough in discretionary spending or reining in the Pentagon ($400.00/gal gas from Kuwaiti contractors, 200 overseas bases and two wars one of which is longest in US history) by destroying Medicare and Social security. But not to worry, our republican friends in Congress are going to help him do it. In fact I believe it’s their idea.

Both parties keep claiming that Medicare and Social Security are “unfunded entitlements” and they are the cause of the largest part of the budget deficit. This of course is an unmitigated lie.

I’m looking at a letter from Social Security that states my wife alone and her employer has contributed $30 thousand dollars to the Social Security Trust Fund and a slightly lesser amount to Medicare, and still a few years of working before collecting any benefits.

Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont that often votes with both republicans and democrats, stated publicly on a major network only a few days ago, that the Social Security Trust Fund is flush and contains $4.3 Trillion, trillion with a T, enough to pay out all the SS benefits due for the next 27 years. He claims these two government run programs are in no way responsible for any part of the budget deficit.

Then we have Mitch McConnell, the republican minority leader in the Senate lying through his teeth on Face the Nation yesterday by claiming that Social Security funding will have a $50 billion shortfall for this year alone.

He may not be far wrong as the Congress has been stealing billions from the SS trust fund regularly for decades ever since the Johnson administration. They just grab the cash, stuff an IOU in the fund’s coffers and hoped we wouldn’t notice.

Well we have. So now to keep from honoring these IOUs, these Congressional thieves and their accomplices at Goldman Sachs wants to turn over all these trillions (and the IOUs) to Wall Street in a ponzi scheme they are calling privatization. The Goldman Sachs boys running the treasury now will not honor these IOUs to make sure retiree’s are paid their benefits, but they will make damn sure Goldman and the Wall Street moneychangers will get these IOUs honored once they get their money-grubbing hands on it, with taxpayer dollars.

These crooks as usual are too clever by half. This two year taxpayer holiday for the middleclass worker (the Obama alleged tax break) is another handout for the same wealthy corporate crooks. The tax break law say that Social Security deductions will not be withheld from worker’s paychecks for the next two years, a strange way to deal with an, ahem, $50 billion Social Security Trust Fund deficit.

However, here’s the part they thought we wouldn’t figure out. Corporations will not have to contribute their half to the Social Security Trust fund either, obviously allowing the corporate thieves to pocket billions in unpaid SS contributions that should have gone to the SS Trust Fund and to the retirees. What the hell, it worked for all those corporate pension funds that disappeared like say Enron and the big three automakers, why not for the largest, most efficiently run and flush government retirement fund in he world, Social Security and Medicare. A veritable bonanza as far as Wall Street heists are concerned, the banker bailouts are chump change when compared to the trillions of $ in the SS Trust Fund.

Those Wall Street bankers and Goldman Sachs are literally drooling at the prospect of getting their hands on this pension fund in the same way they stole GM, Chrysler and Ford’s worker’s retirement funds. Just imagine the multi-million dollar bonus’ these banksters can pay out to each other with all that Social Security, Pension Fund largess.

All Obama had to do was have the big three automakers declare bankruptcy, pay off the union and lavish the corporate executives with golden parachutes (bribes) and Presto, no more worker retirement benefit liability. Oh, also move the car companies offshore so the corporate crooks can screw their new Third World workers even more. Talk about compound profit making.

Stealing the Social Security trust fund and giving it to Wall Street will even be easier. After all, you have a Congress (both parties) and a President that will be happy to do it with crooked legislation and executive orders in spite of our objections. After all, they must figure we won’t be around much longer anyway, and by the time our kids are ready for retirement, a government run retirement fund won’t exist.

The Democrats and the Republicans run the largest organized crime syndicate in the world. Obama is their Capo. If the sorry field of Republican contenders for Obama’s replacement isn’t sent packing and some decent and honest candidates are fielded, it’s a sure bet both parties want Obama to remain Capo de Capo.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Truth About Georgia

by Brian Harring

As one of the great turning points in American history recedes from the
confusion of the battlefield, many truths are beginning to slowly emerge,
but never in the controlled American media.

In the first place, no matter how
the Administration or its creatures like John McCain try to conceal it,
America has received terrible damage not only to its image but to its
global reputation. Bush and Cheney had done their best to belittle and goad
Russia's Vladimir Putin and when he reacted, they fled the field in terror,
leaving behind many tons of valuable military equipment, trucks full of
highly secret papers, a number of dead American soldiers, an outraged and
howling Israel and the shattered remains of their Cacausian puppet state
which was set up not only to antagonize Putin but to give their Israeli a
convenient base from which to launch brutal attacks on Iran.

As Russia and China have made it very clear that any attacks on Iran would cause serious problems, Israel decided that instead of pushing an ever-eager to please
Bush into doing their dirty work for them (as he obediently did with Iraq)
they would do it themselves and in such a way as to be certain to draw the
United States into any possible imbroglio that might result.

Note that Georgia, firmly in the pocket of the United States, would have
never launched a massive artillery and armor attack against South Ossetia
without active United States complicity and assistance . The Israelis were
also deeply involved in this, one of their IDF intelligence units conducting
aerial observations over suspected areas of possible Russian retaliatory
buildups on their side of the boarder by using their own drone spy planes
and passing any information gained from these flights not to the Georgians
but to their friends, the Americans.

In Georgia at the time of the attack, there were over two thousand troops
engaged in intensive training of the Georgian army and added to this number
there were approximately 1,000 soldiers from the Vicenza, Italy-based
Southern European Task Force (Airborne) and the Kaiserslautern-based 21st
Theater Sustainment Command, along with Marine reservists with the 3rd
Battalion, 25th Marines out of Ohio, and the state of Georgia's Army
National Guard's 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry. This was under the command
of the U.S. Special Operations Command, a division of EUCOM. And this
controlled GSSOP (Georgia Sustainment and Stability Operations Program),
which has trained over 5,000 Georgian troops, some for eventual service in
Iraq. As a condition for Georgian service in Iraq, there were promises of
getting Georgia NATO membership in year. 2009.

The U.S. trainers, usually a team of 70 Americans taking a 600 man Georgian
infantry battalion through a 17 week training program, concentrate on combat
subjects. Other training programs instructed support and staff troops.

The decision to invade South Ossetia did not originate in Tiblisi but in
Washington. Bush agreed that if Georgia could be pushed into attacking an
area known to be of especial interest to Moscow, a probably Russian reaction
could be blown up in the American press out of all proportion to its
actuality and this could quickly be used by a faltering McCain's
presidential campaign. As McCain is well-known to be very pro-Israel, Tel
Aviv also supported a Georgian offensive and did everything it could to
promote it, realizing that in the chaos following, they could launch their
sneak attacks on Iran.

Artillery specialists from the 48th Infantry Brigade's 1st Battalion, 121st
Infantry were heavily involved in the Georgian artillery buildup and at
least four of the casualties of the Russian counter-attack were black
American soldiers.

The Israelis, who had close ties with Georgia and whose Defense Minister was
an Israeli citizen, as usual played both sides, contacted the Russians and
tipped them off about the pending attack in return for what they hoped would
be Russian aid in an Israeli attack on Iran. The Russians generally detest
and certainly distrust Jews, having had decades of very painful experience
with them under Stalin so they took the Israeli information and put it to
good use and, of course, had no intention of becoming involved in any
anti-Iranian activity.

This entire third grade farce exploded in Washington's face, the U.S.
military fled the country, leaving the trusting Georgians to be dealt with
massive Russian armor attacks, the Israelis ran away almost as fast but left
their drones and much valuable spy equipment behind as they hastened back to
the security of Israel. The betrayed and tricked Georgians were left behind
as were the tons of American taxpayer-funded equipment.

Now, our press rants about the evil Putin and forgets what it knows about
the idiotic connivances and badly failed plots. McCain did indeed wave his
arms around and shout defiance at Putin and given his deteriorating mental
condition, probably forgot all about it ten minutes later. As well as the
huge material losses, the United States has received a terrible body blow to
its perceived integrity and strength and in the end, Vladimir Putin will
benefit from the debacle far more than the doddering McCain ever could.