imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

New York Times Fiscal Cliff Duplicity

by Stephen Lendman Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

class war

New York Times Fiscal Cliff Duplicity

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article explained what's at stake. Both parties agree on destroying America's social contract. Fiscal cliff hokum conceals their agenda. Media scoundrels don't explain.

Ongoing debate refers to expiring yearend tax breaks and unemployment benefits. Automatic sequestered/largely discretionary yearend $1.2 trillion in cuts address them for starters. Trillions more will follow.

Bipartisan agreement occurred long ago. Daily reports conceal what's ongoing and planned. Ordinary households will be hardest hit.

Wall Street, war profiteers, other corporate favorites, and America's super-rich can rest easy. Their gain is middle and poor America's loss.

It's baked in the cake and agreed. Final language remains to be reported. Expect something by yearend or sooner. Headline news won't explain what's happening and why it matters.

The New York Times reflects scoundrel media misreporting. It conceals what readers most need to know. Its November 9 editorial headlined "The Fiscal Cliff Opener," saying:

Voters "re-elected a president who promised to fight for higher taxes on the wealthy, for more public investment and for careful cuts in spending."

"Three days later, President Obama challenged Republicans to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, right now, and said he would not accept a deal that does not require the wealthy to pay a bigger share."

Fact check

Obama's February 18, 2010 Executive Order 13531 established the Simpson-Bowles National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (NCFRF).

He authorized identifying "policies to improve the fiscal situation in the medium term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long run."

"Specifically, the Commission shall propose recommendations designed to balance the budget, excluding interest payments on the debt, by 2015."

"This result is projected to stabilize the debt-to-GDP ratio at an acceptable level once the economy recovers. The magnitude and timing of the policy measures necessary to achieve this goal are subject to considerable uncertainty and will depend on the evolution of the economy."

"In addition, the Commission shall propose recommendations that meaningfully improve the long-run fiscal outlook, including changes to address the growth of entitlement spending and the gap between the projected revenues and expenditures of the Federal Government."

Deceptive language hid dark intentions. Anti-populist commission members were charged with institutionalizing austerity, eroding middle America, increasing unemployment and poverty, destroying future hopes for millions, and ending the nation's social contract incrementally over time.

At the same time, increased corporate and elitist rights were planned. Robin Hood economic recommendations followed. They included sharply lower corporate taxes and permanent research and development tax credits.

Other proposals offered ways to implement budget cutting on the backs of people least able to afford it. The train left the station. Yearend initial measures will be announced. If not then, expect early 2013 clarity.

They'll conceal what's really at stake. Destroying America's social contract is planned. Key is eroding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and public pensions en route to eliminating them altogether in their present form.

Before taking office, Obama fully agreed. Otherwise, someone else would have been the Democrat's standard bearer. Only those willing to spurn essential rights, erode those in place, and wage war on humanity need apply.

Obama qualified long before arriving in Washington. He was chosen for his support for wealth, power and privilege. He proved it multiple times in office.

He instituted numerous austerity cuts. Biggers ones lie ahead. He and House Speaker John Boehner are close to announcing initial measures. They'll impose crushing burdens on millions least able to afford them.

Robin Hood economics best describes them. New York Times duplicity portrays Obama as people friendly. His anti-populist harshness is hidden.

Times rhetoric reinvented him as opposing "budget cuts in a weak economy," demanding "Bush tax rates expire," and offering Republicans "no give on his campaign promise to ensure that the rich will pay more as part of" any deal struck.

He's "show(n) more determination and will to fight than he has at time in the last four years."

Republicans practice "political extortion." They're "used to (his) yielding to it. They may be waiting to see it he blinks again."

He campaigned and won on a pledge to "reduce the deficit while still making the investments we need to build a strong middle class and a strong economy."

Economist Paul Craig Roberts appears often on the Progressive Radio News Hour. He cuts through deceptive rhetoric, promises and policy.

Sham deficit cutting and tax increases over the next decade will do little to address the problem, he says. Whatever both parties agree, "the 'fiscal cliff' is going to happen either way."

Economic straight talk explains that "double-barrel (forced) austerity delivered to a faltering and recessionary economy" assures a greater problems than it solves.

Honest economists explain say stimulus, not austerity, is needed during hard times. Humans aren't nourished by starving them. Economies can't expand without growth producing investment.

Times editors didn't explain. Neither did writer Jonathan Weisman. On December 17, he headlined "Obama's New Offer on Fiscal Crisis Could Lead to Deal," saying:

Obama's "new offer (may) resolve the pending fiscal crisis, a deal (to) raise revenues by $1.2 trillion over the next decade but keep in place (Bush) tax rates for any household with earnings below $400,000."

Boehner proposed something similar. Both sides "expressed confidence that they were (close to agreement) well before January."

Fact check

For starters, both parties agreed months ago to cut around $4 trillion over the next decade. Out years will be most affected. Future announcements will explain.

Greater cuts are also planned. Spending won't decline so deficits will keep rising exponentially. Neither party worries about them or debt. Saying so is doublespeak deception.

"Comprehensive tax reform" is agreed. Minor increases on super-rich elites will be offset by major corporate and personal income tax cuts.

Whatever's agreed on includes serious erosion of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public pensions, and other longstanding safety net obligations.

Obama's on board. He agreed to wreck these programs over time. TimesSpeak conceals what's planned. Readers weren't told what they most need to know.

Bipartisan complicity planned selling out ordinary households long ago. It's coming incrementally in stages.

Social programs will be sacrificed on the alter corporate welfare, super-rich elitism, and America's addiction to permanent wars.

Crushing new burdens will be imposed on people least able to bear them. Poverty will grow exponentially. So will unemployment, homelessness, hunger, despair and public rage.

Instead of prepping readers and viewers for what's coming, The Times and other media scoundrels suppress what they most need to know and how to fight back. The worst of times awaits.

A Final Comment

Planned cuts are supposed to include domestic and military ones. Don't be fooled. America's war machine will be generously funded annually.

Military spending cuts will be for administration, inefficiencies, weapons Pentagon officials don't want in lieu of others they won't sacrifice and new ones planned, force reductions on least important overseas bases, and veterans benefits most of all.

Retirees will pay higher healthcare premiums and co-pays. Overall benefits will be cut.

Naked Capitalism explained more in an article headlined "Stealth Target of Defense Spending Cuts: America's Highly Effective Socialized Medicine Provider, the VA System, and Military Benefits Generally."

Covert efforts plan "gut(ting) military benefits by privatizing them." Doing so rarely (if ever) deliver(s on promised) better performance and/or lower costs."

As part of America's military budget, it's "an egregious (scheme) for looting."

Wall Street and Pentagon spenders do it best. Trillions of dollars disappear in black hole pillaging. Contractors steal taxpayers blind. It's part of their business model.

Pentagon waste is replete with thousand dollar wrenches and toilet seats. They're pocket change. They reflect much greater scams. Billions are stolen. Over time they become trillions.

At the same time, neoliberal harshness transformed America's military from one taking care of its own to a new version preparing vets to fend for themselves.

Privatizers dream of running healthcare and pensions. Goldmine profits await. Under false claims about choice, military programs are eroded to benefit profiteers.

"On the healthcare side, this is simply an excuse for the medical industrial complex to get its blood suckers into the huge military budgets."

Limitless amounts await to be plundered. Profiteers will benefit hugely at the expense of vets. What used to be guaranteed is disappearing. Even wounded and disabled ones increasingly are on their own.

Promises were made and broken. Deficit scaremongering is being used to rape federal programs. Whatever government can do, business does better is claimed. Truth is turned on its head. Kids sent to war theaters are spurned when they return.

Obama, Boehner, and congressional conspirators plan hitting them harder. It part of their grand scheme to consign America's social contract to history's trash bin.

A special place in hell awaits them. In the meantime, unconscionable human suffering awaits America's poor, disadvantaged, elderly, war weary/wounded/and disabled. Political duplicity sold them out. So did media scoundrels for not explaining.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

http://www.dailycensored.com/new-york-times-fiscal-cliff-duplicity/

Report this post as:

Local News

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

Last of California's nuclear power plants is on its way out J30 3:44PM

Patrisse Khan-Cullors explains why Black Lives Matter J26 7:02PM

Women's March L.A., 2018 J24 4:39PM

The case for US government sanctions on Israel J23 5:36PM

 Women of LA Rise Again to Denounce Trump Photoset 4 J22 9:07PM

Women of LA Rise Again to Denounce Trump Photoset 3 J22 8:24PM

Women of LA Rise Again to Denounce Trump PhotoSet 2 J22 7:36PM

Women of LA Rise Again to Denounce Trump PhotoSet 1 J22 7:14PM

Women's Political Representation & Electoral Reform J21 12:43PM

Trial Starts for Woman with Erb’s Palsy Punched in Face Repeatedly by LAPD Officers J10 1:38PM

Dear District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Prosecute Killer Cops, Signed: Your Constituents J09 10:09PM

Great solidarity action today J06 10:22PM

Chris Ballew beat up by Pasadena police J05 5:01PM

Retired LAPD Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey explains how the LAPD's Board of Rights hearings work J05 3:40PM

An Ex-Cop Talks About Police Shootings J05 3:39PM

Do Nukes Kill? J02 4:40PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Le serment d'impunité F25 2:14AM

Subversion de la théorie F24 1:02AM

Feds Using Mobile X-Ray Vans On U.S. Streets (Fox News) F23 8:38PM

Tantra & The San Francisco Two-Spirit PowWow F23 5:59PM

Adam Smith as Philanthropist F23 6:43AM

The Shortwave Report 02/23/18 Listen Globally! F22 5:03PM

Hero Hunters Cheat - Guide - Tips to Win F22 12:57PM

Paraphysique de l'anaphore F21 11:14PM

“Lost in a Dream” Karaoke Competition Promises $20,000 Prize! F21 10:43AM

NYPD Case Calls Attention to 'Consent Defense' That Can Be Used by Officers Accused of Rap F20 11:59PM

Hero Hunters Hack - Get Unlimited Bucks and Gold F20 3:27PM

Our Beneficial River Jordan F20 11:43AM

State Investments and the Public Sector F20 6:13AM

Apprentissage irrémissible F19 11:12PM

Sauve-qui-peut du gâchis F18 12:09AM

Talon de fer F17 1:50AM

The Shortwave Report 02/16/18 Listen Globally! F15 4:24PM

The judiciary could force America to solve the homeless crisis F15 9:56AM

The torrefied pellet plant will not be built on the Limousin mountain! F15 6:19AM

Endf Russophobia! Time for a New Detente Policy F15 4:27AM

Paraphysique du catastrophisme F14 11:22PM

Baltimore police union balks at policy requiring officers to pay some legal damages themse F14 6:19PM

Researching Islamic Terrorism in Europe. F14 5:08PM

Asian American Stereotypes in Media F14 2:33PM

La diversité clonée F14 1:59AM

Forever Fierce Day F13 3:18AM

A l'époque du spectaculaire concentré et diffus ( Hommage à feu Michel Noury ) F12 10:34PM

Zombie Capitalism F12 4:07AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy