Note from Dan: This fine rant from the Sunday column thread is directed at the regular “Frank,” and his phony, selective outrage at Obama for allowing FICA taxes to rise back to their 2010 level this month after a temporary, 2-year cut that was never intended to be permanent. It’s by another regular, J.M. White.
“Frank: It’s your mentality and those like you that have driven people like me away from the Republican Party in droves. Your willingness to continue a convoluted stream of the illogical reeks of insanity. You like to point out that liberals are feeding at the trough of their masters, yet you fail to see the irony of the fallow feed-lot in which you are imprisoned. The horn sounds and you take your place on the feeding line. You feast on that poison with an almost religious fervor and then rush out to attempt to regurgitate it to people who already know it’s rancid, bitter taste and want nothing to do with it.
Anyone with common sense knew from the beginning that the FICA reduction was temporary. It was an idiotic idea in the first place and we all got duped by our respective representatives, both (R) and (D). We’ve known for years that Social Security was in trouble. Again, it’s more of this untenable BS of taking specifically allocated funds into the general fund so they can be raped and pillaged for pet projects.
The bunch of geniuses that we all hired decided the next best course of action was to reduce the specifically acquired funds on top of writing IOUs to cover money they’ve been borrowing. If the politicians had kept their filthy hands off of the Social Security Administration’s (read: our) money in the first place, it could’ve remained solvent indefinitely. After all, why fund the world’s most expensive military from just one pot?
You can also think of it this way: We were refusing to fix a roof leak in order to spend our money on fancy electronics. In fact, we were tearing off additional shingles and selling them so we could get even more stuff. Well, the inevitable monsoonal rains came and, surprise of all surprises, the roof fell in. At least we still have our fancy electronics, right? Except that the rains haven’t stopped and electronics don’t work too well when submerged. Now, we’ve wised up enough to throw a tarp over the hole but we still need a roofer. For the time being, we’re starting to dry out.
I’m sorry that you were too blinded by partisanship to understand the long-term implications (and always-temporary status) of the FICA reduction. The liberals didn’t do that to you; that’s a self-inflicted wound.
Meanwhile, while you were all shouting at and over each other about the coming Obamapocalypse instead of questioning the motives of your own masters, there were many of us who jumped from your doomed ship and paddled back to port. The lifeboats are still being lowered, man… Only fools and the foolishly loyal will ride that vessel to the bottom, and ride it they will. Quit listening to the band play on and get in the dinghy before it’s too late.”