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Postby WalkerARCHITECTS » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:24 pm


There is a great history of the attack on Social Security by the Republican Party. It is only the beginning. Architects need to protect themselves.

Democrats are eagerly renewing their fight against privatizing Social Security now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan as his running mate. It was a fight that didn't go well for the GOP when President George W. Bush pushed the idea in 2005.

Paul Ryan is the agent of Wall Street. In his 2010 "Road Map for America's Future," the Wisconsin congressman proposed a plan to allow younger workers to divert more than one-third of their Social Security taxes into personal accounts that they would own and could will to their heirs.

Ryan wrote that the accounts would provide workers an opportunity "to build a significant nest egg for retirement that far exceeds what the current program can provide." Workers 55 and older would stay in the current system.

Romney hasn't embraced the proposal and Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, didn't include it in either of the federal budgets passed by House Republicans the past two years. But now that Ryan is running for vice president, Democrats hope to capitalize on the issue.

The country is focused on the presidential race. Meanwhile the Wall Street gang is engaged preparing an assault on Social Security and Medicare. It is not an attack where robbers armed with assault riffles will swarm the compound and steel the money of set aside for the nations elderly and this attack is not exactly secret. It is kind of obvious that they covet our money. There have been a number of pieces on this corporate-backed campaign in the media over the last few months, but the drive is nonetheless taking place behind closed doors. Architects must be prepared to comprehend the nature of the crime they propose, to remove the safety net of the American working class.

Plutocrats have prepared a treacherous sneak attack on Social Security—literally planning a cultural Pearl Harbor!

Pretending to be cutting taxes for the middle class, the Big Money Fat Cats and their Congressional lackeys in 2010 cut payroll contributions to Social Security from 6.2% to 4.2%, representing a loss to the Social Security Fund of $140 billion the first year! This was designed to create a damaged Social Security fund. This 2010 Obama/Republican Party payroll tax cut actually represented a 30 percent reduction of money going into Social Security. Of Course the idea was that as the recession eased it would be corrected.

In 2011, Obama proposed--and pushed through Congress--further cuts in payroll contributions to Social Security from 4.2% to 3.1% for both employers and employees. As part of the effort to create jobs. This represents a loss of 50 percent in revenue, a loss of $480 billion in Social Security contributions in 2012 alone. Cutting any program by 50% of its revenue is a sure way to destroy it in the long run! This must be reversed and corrected as soon as possible.

Your paying payroll deductions of 6.2 percent (as in the original plan) is a way to build for your retirement--it's not a tax, as the billionaries claim. Your employer also pays 6.2 percent of your wages into the Social Security Fund. Reducing your payroll deductions by a third or a half is DETRIMENTAL to you--endangering your retirement. Your boss is HAPPY to reduce the amount he has to pay relative to your retirement. The Republicans who voted for the tax cut bill in 2011 believed workers are so stupid that they would think this reduction of 30 percent--which they're falsely calling a tax reduction--is a benefit to workers. In 2011, Obama and Republican (co-conspirators) bet that the American public is so dumb that we'll fall for an even greater reduction in worker retirement funds. This is a tragic error.

Forty-two percent of American senior citizens are kept from living in poverty by their Social Security payments. Nearly one in five Americans receives Social Security benefits and ninety-five percent of Americans have the Social Security benefit protection program. The poverty rate of the elderly was 35% as late as 1959. Now it's about 10%, because of the reliable Social Security program they have paid into.

Paul Ryan is the primary agent of this destruction to your retirement. Now that this attack on Social Security has been approved by Congressional traitors (81 in the Senate and 277 in the House), the Republican Party-dominated Congress that came into power in 2011 is making sure that the payroll deductions from Social Security remain a permanent feature. Preventing the correction that was to take place. Once this sabotage tactic against Social Security begins to affect the program's ability to pay out benefits, the capitalist cabal will use this excuse to renew its old tactic of saying that Social Security must be entirely scrapped. Obama must restore Social Security and heal the damage if re-elected. Now it is called the “Path to Prosperity”

Here is a link to the current attack on social security in 2010 by Paul Ryan.

You have Social Security because there is a law that requires employee and employees to pay into the system. Those working for wages, will need Social Security since the money paid in is forced by law and not driven as part of the competition of labor as a commodity. It goes away, from the paycheck just as soon as privatization is engaged.

Here is the link to the current attack on social security in 2011 by Paul Ryan agent of the Koch brothers and their propaganda machine.

Design Intelligence in government has never been more important. The corporate honchos are not expecting to convince the public that we should support cuts to Social Security and Medicare. They know this is a hopeless task. Huge majorities of people across the political spectrum strongly support these programs. The plot is more Trojan Horse in it’s nature and conceived and designed to accomplish by subterfuge what the voters would never condone.

Instead they hope that they can use their power of persuasion, coupled with the power of campaign contributions and the power of high-paying jobs for defeated members of Congress, to get Congress to approve large cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other key programs. This is the plan for a grand bargain that the corporate chieftains hope can be struck in the lame duck Congress. Be prepared to fight.

We observe a high level of cooperation with the great architects of our financial world by the media. They see very little wrong with this plan. They have abandoned objectivity to support the plan for cutting Social Security and Medicare. This is reckless extremism, yet they do not perceive it as such.

They continually run stories about how the deficit and debt are the biggest problems facing the country. Actually we have bigger problems. They routinely use phrases like "crisis" and other hyperboles to scare their audience about the risks that the debt poses to the country. The debt is a problem, created by a decision to go to war on two fronts. One of those wars, arose because terrorists attacked the United States and the other arose from a vat of lies and propaganda deliberately designed to reward war profiteers. Election 2000 opened the millennium up to great opportunity for the United States and the world. That opportunity was squandered on an eight billion dollar war that nobody needed.

The whole notion of a "fiscal cliff" is an invention that implies an urgency that does not exist. There is almost no consequence to not having a deal in place by the end of 2012. The dire projections of recession and rising unemployment assume that we don't ever get a deal on the budget. Which appears to be part of the GOP plan. The Ryan Plan is dangerous for America.

The fixation on the debt certainly cannot be justified by any objective standard. Clearly the most pressing economic problem facing the country is the tens of millions of people who are unemployed or underemployed as result of the collapse of the housing bubble. I am among those severly damaged as many other Architects are as well. These people and their families are seeing their lives ruined due to a monumental failure by policymakers. That it appears to be deliberate however is unforgivable!

It is easy to show that the large budget deficits of recent years are entirely the result of the economic collapse and reckless aggression following the 9-11 attack. If the economy were back near full employment, the deficits would be relatively small as was the case before the collapse. Yet it is the deficits and debt that dominate news reporting and debate questions, not the overall state of the economy or the reckless policies that created the economic disaster.

Because design intelligence is not at the core of the decision making, and money is, we will all have less in the future.

The other way in which the media have been pushing the agenda of the corporate honchos is by refusing to press candidates to speak openly on their support for the cuts to Social Security that are a likely part of a grand bargain. Candidates should be pressed to weigh in on the matter so that voters will be positioned fairly to vote accordingly. Does President Obama support reducing Social Security benefits by 3 percent by cutting the annual cost-of-living adjustment? Does he support raising the age of Medicare eligibility to 67? How about your candidates for the Senate or the House?

It's unlikely that many people know the answers to these questions because the reporters have not been asking them. We condemn the mainstream press for their failure to serve the interests of the working class. Yet these policies and other cuts that would likely be part of a grand bargain would have a much more direct impact on most people's lives, than the tax proposals being touted by President Obama and Governor Romney. The simple reality is the electorate may be cut out of this decision.

To be specific, the reduction in Social Security benefits from the cut in the in the cost-of-living adjustment that is being pushed as part of a grand bargain would have more impact on most future retirees living standards than ending the Bush tax cuts on the richest 2 percent would have on their living standards. This is the alarm bell you are hearing because the dependencies have long since been built in and the money to infill the loss of those services is not embodied in the probable future where a competition with the third world and the downward economic forcing driven by our trade relationships, closes the curtain on the possibility that ascending wages can infill the loss of a single Social Security dollar.

While the media have done endless pieces on the impact of this possible tax increase on the wealthy, they have done almost nothing on the impact of cutting the cost-of-living adjustment on the living standards of retirees, or those currently employed who will soon retire.

This, of course, fits the needs of the corporate honchos who are pushing the agenda for cutting Social Security and Medicare. They don't want these cuts to become an issue before the election because it will make it harder for members of Congress to vote for them. The danger is an emergent probability rather than an issue to be engaged, here and now in the crucible of change. Design intelligence is essential to the American people and it does not take root behind closed doors where the interests of the few, drive only a consensus among the few. The working class must have voices of great power and influence in that crucible of change, when and where that conversation comes to form and decisions are crafted as legislation and the momentum of this great nation shift on it’s axis once again.

This is why the reporters covering this election deserve nothing but contempt from the public. They fail to divine the impacts from the generalities of the discourse. It is their job to highlight the issues that will matter to people's lives, not to help push the agenda of corporate America. But clearly they have decided to do the latter, they have long since surrendered to it. Yet the distant echo of film can still be heard… “I’m mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore”

Before we fade to black, make yourself heard. We must never surrender, the design intelligence of the nation state, to the corporate masters, they have no congruence with the needs of the people, they can’t even perceive the nature of the circumstance since they own no stock in the problem. Demand design intelligence in government.
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