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I admit it. I got suckered.

When the run-up to the War in Iraq began, I was still in high school. I was young, impressionable and prone to believing the hype. When George W. Bush talked about evil-doers and their stocks of WMD and connections to al Qaeda, I bought it. There was a time when I considered President Bush a hero; he was someone that was willing to put America's blood and treasure on the line.

The WMD hysteria worked wonderfully on me.

Now there's a new hysteria, one that is sure to grip students and young people just like me who are not yet jaded enough to see through the media-industrial complex. Just like they wanted the population's blood to curdle when evoking images of Saddam launching nuclear bombs into our borders, they now want people to believe that we have encountered a new crisis and holy mother of god we have to give everything up to save ourselves!

It is absurd what our media is doing to us.

Grifters like Pete Peterson, Alan Simpson, Erskine Bowles...all of these "centrist" millionaires and billionaires...they know the game. They know there is no debt or deficit crisis, but they know they can finish off the middle and lower class for good if they can win this debate.

Look at it this way: the Simpson-Bowles plan would have been the largest giveaways to the One Percent in the history of our country. They were asking for huge concessions from the middle and lower class. Give up your Medicare. Give up your Social Security. Give up your tax deductions. In return, the wealthiest among us would sacrifice a few deductions that would be immediately canceled out by lower tax rates.

Quite the game, eh?

Many progressives saw through the bullshit and urged Democrats in Congress to resist giving into the Deficit Hysteria Crowd, just as progressives knew that the Republican Party was running a long con in Iraq by creating a crisis out of nothing. The Republican Party is a party of grifters, using any means necessary to extract wealth. The grifters got their loot in Iraq with billions and billions being promised to "rebuild" the country, now they want our billions and billions to allegedly save us from turning into Greece.

They see a huge generation of Baby Boomers about to swing through the gates of Medicare and their eyes are bulging out of the sockets. They see the ranks of Social Security about to swell, so they whip up stories about a crisis. They see an opportunity for a new bubble. The housing market crashed? There's no more money to exploit there? No biggie, just tell the gullible fools that Social Security and Medicare are broken, and if they give them the money they'll make even more! It's such a good plan!

Obviously the media in our country doesn't care because...well, why should they? They serve their corporate benefactors. If the corporations cared about climate change, we'd be treated to nonstop coverage of how we have to cut down our carbon emissions. But we don't hear that.

Conservatives are now democratically elected mafiosos. They burn down your house then force you at gunpoint to give them the money to fix it (see: TARP). They threaten you with scare stories then make you give up your money to feel protected. We were told during the Iraq War that we had to give up our civil liberties in the name of freedom. Now we're told we have to give up our social programs that keep people from falling into poverty or just holding on for dear life to give it all up because...debt!

It's a scary, scary world.

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  •  Well written. (1+ / 0-)
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    maryabein

    I was an adult who didn't get suckered in by Bush but, I was in California. The game the media runs is calculated because the network owner's want to misinform people in order to maintain the status quo, namely keeping those f***ing Bush tax cuts.The day they are allowed to expire will be a great day in our country.

    "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

    by blueoregon on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:05:57 PM PDT

  •  I am Soooooo Angry about this (2+ / 0-)
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    Abelia, joanneleon

    And your comparison to Iraq is spot on.  Americans are being led like little lambs to the slaughter and I am more worried about Democrats executing this con because the public will not expect it.

  •  The easiest way to steal an elections (0+ / 0-)

    is to scare is all into staying home.  We can't let them do this.

    I hate hate. I love the look in peoples eyes when they realize, for the first time, that they have power.

    by 4democracy on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:08:47 PM PDT

  •  Yup, Chris Hayes said the same back in 2010 (1+ / 0-)
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    joanneleon

    DailyKos

    100% agreed. T&R

    Regulate banks, not vaginas

    by MinistryOfTruth on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:18:05 PM PDT

  •  In a Corporate Society, A Free Press is a Corporat (1+ / 0-)
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    joanneleon

    press, which is the same thing as a state press.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:20:57 PM PDT

  •  Great title (1+ / 0-)
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    joanneleon

    gets to the heart of the matter. (and great diary, too)

  •  Maybe you should pass this along to the President. (4+ / 0-)

    The Administration allied itself with those "grifters" to chase its 'Grand Bargain.'

    The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

    by Orange County Liberal on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:33:34 PM PDT

  •  It's important to note that the individual who (1+ / 0-)
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    joanneleon

    is responsible for the existence of the dreadful Catfood Commission is none other than "the most progressive President in history", Barack Obama.

    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

    by 420 forever on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:42:21 PM PDT

  •  Your money or your life!!! (0+ / 0-)

    That's the choice they want to offer.

    Democrats want to retain social security and medicare as insurance plans with defined benefits.

    Republicans want to change these to defined contribution plans.

    What's the difference?

    Defined benefits means it is your life that is insured. As long as you draw breath you will receive the benefits you paid for.

    Defined contribution means it is some amount of money that is insured, not your life. As long as that money lasts, you can afford to draw breath. Thereafter, tough for you. Your bad, you lived too damn long.

    But, but, but, what are we to do? Social Security and Medicare are going bankrupt!!!!

    Horseshit!

    Like a sovereign government will be unable to cash it's own checks, particularly when it owns the printing press, the bank, and monopolizes the monetary system? That assertion is just plain stupid, and you should jump down the throats of the boys and girls on both sides of the aisle who keep making this specious claim.

    The government prints bonds and cash with the same machine. The government has no operational need to either tax or sell bonds in order to spend. Taxation and bond sales are political choices. Taxes fundamentally impart value to the dollar as a unit of account since obligations to the government require payment in dollars. Bonds are sold to support interest rates which support private financial markets. But neither of these is necessary "to pay for" public spending.

    Clearly, then, involuntary bankruptcy of a monetary sovereign, that is, insolvency, is a term that is wholly without meaning, and bankruptcy of any federal program is only possible through an overt political choice to default on governmental obligations, this in violation of Article 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution.

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