MERRY CRISIS AND A HAPPY NEW FEAR

Progressives agree: Obama, GOP colluding against working people

POSTED BY JILL STEIN FOR PRESIDENT ON DECEMBER 30, 2012

TaxTheRich.gifIs this what Americans voted for? Cuts to social insurance, to Social Security, to Medicare? Taxing working people more than the rich?

A growing chorus of leading advocates for the poor, for health care, and for tax justice are breaking the silence about the White House’s collusion with congressional Republicans. This week, Cheri Honkala, Margaret Flowers, and Kevin Zeese launched a media campaign to sound the alarm. In opinion articles published widely (and cited below), they warn that a “fiscal cliff” deal is coming, and it will be bad news for most Americans.

COUNTERPUNCH: Manufacturing poverty

BY CHERI HONKALA

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On December 10, community leaders all across the country held vigils and rallies outside Congressional offices to defend the safety net and protest the so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Washington, DC. It was part of a coordinated national campaign on International Human Rights Day, the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among other provisions, the Declaration proclaims the inalienable human right to jobs, housing, health care, education, and social security.

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TRUTHOUT: Stop Obama’s ongoing Grand Charade to cut social insurances

BY MARGARET FLOWERS

Margaret-Flowers-2.pngHere we go again. President Obama is in round three of his ongoing efforts to cut our important social insurances, such as Social Security and Medicare. Whether he succeeds or not is up to us. We can create a stronger economy and healthier population by strengthening and expanding our social insurances and switching to a green energy economy.

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DISSIDENT VOICE: “Fiscal cliff” shows politics as usual doesn’t work

BY KEVIN ZEESE

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The fiscal cliff is a self-created bi-partisan drama that demonstrates the failure of traditional politics and the need for mobilized resistance and a new independent political movement. The mass media and operatives from the Democratic and Republican parties have raised all sorts of imagined fears to provide cover to unnecessary cuts to health, retirement and social programs, while marginally increasing taxes on the wealthiest. But watch out!  This is really only the set-up for the payback to big business interests that bankrolled the 2012 elections.