What did President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Democratic president who fought so hard to enact many of the (extremely meager) social safety nets we pay specific taxes for today, have to say about Social Security, unemployment benefits, healthcare and childcare services?
PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT SIGNING THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT. AUGUST 14, 1935
Today a hope of many years' standing is in large part fulfilled. The civilization of the past hundred years, with its startling industrial changes, has tended more and more to make life insecure. Young people have come to wonder what would be their lot when they came to old age. The man with a job has wondered how long the job would last.
This social security measure gives at least some protection to thirty millions of our citizens who will reap direct benefits through unemployment compensation, through old-age pensions and through increased services for the protection of children and the prevention of ill health.
We can never insure one hundred percent of the population against one hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.
This law, too, represents a cornerstone in a structure which is being built but is by no means complete. It is a structure intended to lessen the force of possible future depressions. It will act as a protection to future Administrations against the necessity of going deeply into debt to furnish relief to the needy. The law will flatten out the peaks and valleys of deflation and of inflation. It is, in short, a law that will take care of human needs and at the same time provide the United States an economic structure of vastly greater soundness.
Please understand I am not trying to defend Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The man was largely responsible for dragging the United States into World War II, which was based on the supposed "surprise attack" by the Japanese, which was a lie. If you're still unsure of this, Robert Stinnett has pretty conclusively, in my opinion, proven that the federal government of the United States knew in advance of the Pearl Harbor attacks, and actually took steps to ensure they would happen. There's been some debate about his contentions, but I think his research and evidence presented in his book, Day of Deceit, is pretty solid.
Meanwhile, what is the current Democratic president, Barack Obama, and his administration saying about the very same social services and safety nets that FDR fought so hard to enact (during a major depression I might add)?
From the Washington Post:
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday of dire consequences if the Pentagon is forced to make cuts to its budget beyond the $400 billion in savings planned for the next decade. [...]
Senior Pentagon officials have launched an offensive over the past two days to convince lawmakers that further reductions in Pentagon spending would imperil the country’s security. Instead of slashing defense, Panetta said, the bipartisan panel should rely on tax increases and cuts to nondiscretionary spending, such as Medicare and Social Security, to provide the necessary savings. [...]
Defense spending represents about half of the federal government’s discretionary spending, and the military’s budget has increased by more than 70 percent since 2001. Although the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost the Pentagon upward of $1 trillion, nearly half of the growth in defense spending in the past decade has been unrelated to the wars.
Panetta said the $600 billion in cuts “would do real damage to our security, our troops and their families, and our military’s ability to protect the nation. It is an outcome that would be completely unacceptable to me as secretary of defense, to the president and, I believe, to our nation’s leaders.”
That's right, more taxes and cuts to social safety nets and benefits programs that you and everyone else has already paid taxes to fund for their entire lives, all so we can continue to funnel truly unbelievable amounts of money to Wall St. bankers who criminally wrecked this nation's economy and got away with it, enormous sums of money to the illegitimate, murderous state of Israel, and all the illegal wars of aggression prosecuted by the Zionist-occupied federal government.
Glenn Greenwald sums things up quite nicely:
Just think about that for a minute. We have a Democratic administration installed in power after millions of liberals donated large amounts of their time and money to help elect them. Yet here we have a top official in the President's cabinet demanding cuts to Medicare and Social Security in order to protect the military budget from further reductions. That's the position of the Democratic administration.
These are the priorities of federal government of the United States: Israel, war, and Wall St. You, your family and your well-being are the lowest priority they have. It's undeniable. We are being told that we must cut the already minimal social safety nets and welfare programs that we have already paid taxes for, all to ensure we pay back the criminal bankers, fork over massive sums of money to Israel and continue to prosecute the fraudulent "War on Terror." Maybe it's time we kick these traitors out of office, and elect good, decent, honest Americans to represent our interests?