Notice: Predators Smell the Blood
(2007 Oct blog post)
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Social Security, meet Mitt Romney.
I recently saw a quote attributed to George Bush.
"You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on." --- George Bush, Gridiron Club dinner, Washington D.C., March 24, 2001
I have also recently heard statements from Republican candidates for the Presidency this year (2007) --- notably Mitt Romney --- who are continuing to push the Bush-promoted program for "saving Social Security".
When Bush was pushing this plan several years ago (around 2004), there was enough outcry and marshalling by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and others, I thought, to embarass Bush into dropping that plan.
I believe it was Lincoln who said, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you CANNOT fool ALL of the people ALL of the time". I thought the outcry demonstrated the truth of the latter part of that statement.
It seemed that a significant number of the American public recognized Bush-and-his-cronies' plan to "save Social Security" was really an attempt to guarantee that the life-long savings of retirees would be exposed to the (mostly-Republican) "financial predators" --- who are unencumbered by a sense of ethics, decency, or concern for fellow citizens.
Using Bush's own words, it seemed that most people recognized that Bush-and-his-cronies want to expose the life-long savings of "the ones you want to concentrate on" to financial 'predator-cronies' who recognize that "you can fool SOME of the people ALL of the time".
Apparently the 'Bushies' also think that "you can fool [nearly] ALL of the people SOME of the time", because ...
Unfortunately, the campaign statements by Mitt Romney and other Republicans indicate that the plan is going to be repeatedly revived and "pushed", by any means possible, overt or covert (probably more and more covert), into implementation. They want to fool MOST of the people ONE time. That would be sufficient for them to do their dirty work.
It appears that the current leaders and movers-and-shakers of the Republican party ("the party of Lincoln") --- seem to put all their emphasis on the first two parts of Lincoln's quote --- "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time."
Perhaps this is why they call themselves "the party of Lincoln", eh?
In fact, they seem to be following, to the letter, a "joke" quote based on Lincoln's observation --- the joke: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, and that's enough."
Presidential candidates, like Mitt Romney, fawn all over the support of the Republican movers-and-shakers (the Murdochs et. al.). In their effort to please, they adopt this cynical philosophy and apply it, with great enthusiasm, to the Social Security system.
Hang on to your wallets, retirees and future retirees. Over 30% of you will depend exclusively on Social Security --- not savings or pensions --- for your retirement. And another 30-percent-plus of you will need Social Security to augment your [disappearing] pensions, savings, investments, 401k's, 403b's, etc.
The predators (politicians and their supporting lobbyists) are on the move again. Their thirst for green-blood will not be quenched.
Vote them out of office.
Don't let the Republican sharks get the Social Security funds for which you worked so hard.
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Posted 2007 Oct 24.