Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Liberals Are Too Nice

I have been thinking about recent attacks on the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) by the revengeful right because the AARP doesn’t support the Administration’s Social Insecurity Plan. The group of bottom feeders sponsoring these attacks supposedly has no ties to the Administration and if you believe that I have a bridge I will sell you. It’s run by the same scumbags who funded the Swift Boat crew who spread lies about Kerry’s Viet Nam war record.

The AARP was a wonderful organization when it supported the Administration’s Drug Manufactures Get Rich Program funded by you and me, the tax paying public; AKA the Medicare Drug Program. Lavish praise was heaped upon the AARP by the Administration’s propaganda machine when it sided with Bush and his bullies. But, now the AARP is, can you believe it, an organization that supports gays and is anti-military. I have come to the conclusion that there are no depths to which this miserable bunch of cretins will sink.

I take this attack personally since I am an AARP member and am an advocate in Virginia for their programs. Let me tell you what legislation the AARP supported in Virginia this year. More funding for in home care for the elderly poor, a comprehensive study of the State’s entire health care program, legislation to regulate payday lending, and a bill to allow low- income retired persons who are laid off from work to receive their full share of social security benefits and workers compensation. I have personally come to know the staff in the AARP Virginia Office and they are dedicated caring people who only want to improve the quality of life for the elderly, and especially the older less fortunate citizens of Virginia.

Well, no more mister nice guy, it’s time for liberals to take off the gloves and call these groups for what they are: uncaring, unfeeling, shills for the rich and powerful who hate government, and want to destroy all government programs which help the poor and middle class including Social Security. Bush’s scheme is nothing more than the opening salvo to eliminate these programs. Want proof? At a recent town hall meeting on Social Security run by Republican Senator Rick Santorum, a group of Republicans were heard chanting, "Hey, hey. Ho, ho. Social Security has got to go." In the meeting, Santorum, the leading supporter of privatization in the Senate, declared that "it is time for a Republican solution to Social Security." But, the Republicans gathered outside were clear about where that “solution” ultimately leads. For Bush's conservative base, privatization of Social Security is just the first step toward eliminating the program entirely. These groups do the bidding of the radical right who want to sink the middle class, ruin the poor and create a nation run by the very rich all the while claiming to be patriots who love this country.