The US debt ceiling deal by Patrick Martin
1 August 2011
President Barack Obama made a brief White House appearance Sunday night to announce that an agreement had been reached with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to raise the federal debt ceiling before Tuesday’s deadline set by the Treasury. Speaking in advance of the opening of financial markets in Asia, Obama thanked “the leaders of both parties” and said the deal would “allow us to avoid default.”
The agreement, which must still be voted on by the Senate and the House of Representatives, imposes unprecedented cuts on domestic social spending without a single dollar of increased taxes on the wealthy.
It calls for raising the debt limit by $2.7 trillion in two stages, $1 trillion immediately and $1.7 trillion in four months. The increase in the debt ceiling will be matched dollar-for-dollar by cuts in spending over the next ten years, as demanded by Boehner, the top congressional Republican. Reid admitted that the deal would “give the Republicans everything they’ve asked for.”
The first $1 trillion will comprise spending cuts already agreed upon in bipartisan talks headed by Vice President Joseph Biden, mainly in non-entitlement domestic programs including education, housing, transportation and the environment. The immediate effect of these cuts will be substantial—$25 billion in fiscal year 2012, which begins October 1, and $47 billion in fiscal year 2013—and escalating thereafter.
A new 12-member House-Senate committee, consisting of three Democrats and three Republicans from each body, will have until Thanksgiving to identify an additional $1.7 trillion to $1.8 trillion in spending cuts, including entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Theoretically, the committee could also mandate an end to certain tax breaks to increase government revenues, but Republican leaders are on record opposing even token tax increases on the wealthy, and Obama and the congressional Democratic leadership have dropped their previous demand that any deficit reduction package include some tax increases.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Recently there has been talk in the news to raise the current Federal Governments debt ceiling above $14.29 trillion dollars. The argument is that if we don’t raise the debt ceiling the US will be forced to default on its debts. They say that they will be unable to pay their debts and if that happens the United States will lose its creditability and no one, private individuals or other nations, will loan to our government and that will cause a dollar crises.
I believe that they are pushing the people to mass hysteria by this and many other tactics, 911 for example. Once the people are pushed so hard, and they begin to fight back, they will have reason for martial law. Remember many of the weapons used against the masses around the world were made in the USA.
It boggles the mind that the wealthy do not want to have an increase in taxes, but would rather imposed draconian decreases in the social services needed most by the masses, who far outnumber the rich elitists. It appears to be a serious disconnect between what is happening on the ground and what is happening in their ivory towers.
The wealth will not trickle down and will remain out of the reach of those who most need it. Our society is like a runaway locomotive, with no one at the helm to forestall the coming disaster. But with disasters being the driving force behind the elite’s prerequisite desire to remain elites, surely they are devising plans that will secure them in any situation, no matter how dire to the masses. They make sure they are protected by their own guards – and out of the reach of any disaster that may befall the rest of us.
Unfortunately, the American citizen continues to believe that a corrupt system that started on the backs and deaths of millions of Indigenous peoples and kidnapped Africans can be changed by creating a “New Party” to jockey with the existing ones. If this happened, eventually this “New Party” too, will become corrupt.
A system or mass movement that demands the governments take care of them is doomed to remain the slaves they were before the movement. That type of system is the design of slave owners for their property, the slaves.
It’s all a holographic game designed to keep the populace in the Matrix of survival and submission to their overlords. It matters not what color, race or ethnicity they are. Once they have become part of the clan of destruction, they will do the exact same thing that was done to the populace throughout the history of their fore-fathers and ours. Because this miserable way of governing a people has continued for so long, and there has been no obvious cure, except for a few rebellions along the way; the cancer persists and the only solution is the complete destruction of all the cancerous cells.
Many cries for change are like chemo-therapy. But they not only ARREST the cancer cells, they kill the host immune system, weakening it and thus subjecting it to the tyranny of the disease it wanted to be rid of. Governments throughout the world have become this cancer. They are here because the populace offers these cancerous cells a perfect place for them to reside; in the body politic. You cannot kill the cancer cells, but you can stop the feeding, cut off their nourishment; eventually they will die off