The president’s budget would spend less on both Medicare and Social Security than Ryan’s GOP plan over the next ten years.
That would be the budget proposed by right-wing doucheweasel Paul Ryan (a.k.a. Satan), which budget had been relentlessly criticized by the left and even by some on the right. But back to Derek Thompson:
On Social Security: Ryan didn’t cut Social Security by a penny. The president has proposed cutting the program’s spending by $130 billion, by adopting a slower-growing measure of inflation.
[emphasis in original]
And here’s the bottom line: Obama preserves federal Medicaid spending, he doesn’t unwind Obamacare, and he spends much more on mandatory and non-defense discretionary programs than Ryan proposed. But his cuts to Social Security and Medicare combined are somewhere between $200 billion and $380 billion deeper than the GOP budget. On these programs there is no room to “compromise.” The president is already to the right of the right.
McJunkin comments: “tell me the current two-party system is not a collossal fraud.”
I have nothing to add to that.
Oh, wait! Yes I do: a graphic I haven’t pulled out in a while:
I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not eat until they restore my dignity.
I’ve been detained at Guantánamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial.
I could have been home years ago — no one seriously thinks I am a threat — but still I am here.
Last month, on March 15, I was sick in the prison hospital and refused to be fed. A team from the E.R.F. (Extreme Reaction Force), a squad of eight military police officers in riot gear, burst in. They tied my hands and feet to the bed. They forcibly inserted an IV into my hand. I spent 26 hours in this state, tied to the bed. During this time I was not permitted to go to the toilet. They inserted a catheter, which was painful, degrading and unnecessary. I was not even permitted to pray.
I will never forget the first time they passed the feeding tube up my nose. I can’t describe how painful it is to be force-fed this way. As it was thrust in, it made me feel like throwing up. I wanted to vomit, but I couldn’t. There was agony in my chest, throat and stomach. I had never experienced such pain before. I would not wish this cruel punishment upon anyone.
I am still being force-fed. Two times a day they tie me to a chair in my cell. My arms, legs and head are strapped down. I never know when they will come. Sometimes they come during the night, as late as 11 p.m., when I’m sleeping.
There are so many of us on hunger strike now that there aren’t enough qualified medical staff members to carry out the force-feedings; nothing is happening at regular intervals. They are feeding people around the clock just to keep up.
The only reason I am still here is that President Obama refuses to send any detainees back to Yemen. This makes no sense. I am a human being, not a passport, and I deserve to be treated like one.
The situation is desperate now. All of the detainees here are suffering deeply. At least 40 people here are on a hunger strike. People are fainting with exhaustion every day. I have vomited blood.
And there is no end in sight to our imprisonment. Denying ourselves food and risking death every day is the choice we have made.
I just hope that because of the pain we are suffering, the eyes of the world will once again look to Guantánamo before it is too late.
It’s important to note here that many Yemeni guests at the Casa Guantánamo luxury hotel are innocent people cleared for release by the U.S. government, but President Obama put the kibosh on all transfers to Yemen in 2009 in the wake of that dumbass underwear bomber. Is perpetually imprisoning innocent people who pose no security risk really making anyone safer? No, no it is not. It is generating entirely justified hatred and animosity toward the U.S. in the Arab world.
What a fucking disgrace.
It all brings to mind the line from the Eagles’ Hotel California:
You can check out any time you like,
but you can never leave.
I had no idea the president was such a big Eagles fan.
Kudos are due to The New York Times for running Samir’s Op-Ed. I look forward to watching right-wing pundits and politicians — in both parties — piss themselves over it.
*By “we,” I mean a majority of the citizens of the United States of America. The Palace’s official position is well known to its many tens of Loyal Readers™, but in case you’re new here I’ll spell it out:
Barack Obama is a Wall Street-serving corporatist, a radical and lawless executive, and an unrepentant, murderous warmonger very much like his predecessor.