We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Friday, July 29, 2011
WAKE UP AMERICA! - The Real U.S. Budget Problem: Defense & War Spending Equal 94% Of All Federal Income Tax Revenues
This blogger takes an excellent graphic portrayal of our government's income and expenses (from the Washington Post) to place in perspective how much of the government's tax money is actually spent on invading and occupying other countries, and killing their citizens. He reveals how Social Security and Medicare trust funds, the source of which were equal contributions from workers and employers, have been used to pay for these wars. This has been a well kept secret for a number of years!
Trust funds are normally set up to transfer temporarily "...property to a trustee...who holds that trust property...for the benefit of the beneficiaries." Somehow the political operatives of the ruling capitalists figured out a way to tap into these Social Security and Medicare funds to pay for their wars. Because the ruling class doesn't want to tax itself to pay back what they have stolen from these programs, both of their well-financed pseudo political parties are now engaged in a Congressional performance along the lines of "good cop, bad cop" to frighten American workers into acquiescing to cuts in the benefits due them under these programs.
The Social Security program was set up during the Franklin Roosevelt administration in the 1930s and were effectively forced upon him by the many militant struggles of workers (see this, this, and this) all across the US where pitched battles were fought against police forces of the ruling class. Medicare was quickly instituted by Lyndon Johnson as a part of his efforts to stifle opposition to his acceleration of the war in Vietnam.