[Marxism] Third test message

ehrbar at greenhouse.economics.utah.edu ehrbar at greenhouse.economics.utah.edu
Wed Jul 13 15:03:03 MDT 2011

Here is the second half of Fred's message:

> The stress on the idea that people are unemployed because they 
> lack "skills" is part of shifting them from being part of the 
> middle-class people to chronic problems and pariahs outside the 
> "real" America and needing, like Bachmann's husband says about 
> gays, to be "educated" and "discipllined."
> As for the Bush tax cuts for the rich, these are now to all 
> intents and purposes part of the US constitution, and far more 
> secure and guaranteed that the right not to be tortured into 
> confessing or freedom to be a Muslim or  the 14th amendment.
> The liberals at the Nation and Salon are warning that Obama will 
> lose the election if the jobless figures remain high. I think that 
> is oldthink, in my opinion. Unless there is a sharp upturn in the 
> class struggle, or an economic break that endangers the position 
> of the rich, Obama's course promises to win him overwhelming 
> support from the rulers, whereas any tendency to hold the line on 
> Social Security or Medicare or advocating new jobs programs would 
> shift ruling-class support to Romney. (I think in the present 
> circumstances Romney will be tempted to run to Obama's left, 
> although strong support for Obama among the top rich may enable 
> Bachmann win  the Republican nomination. This would smooth 
> Obama''s course to a second term, as Goldwater's nomination did 
> for Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Fred Feldman
> http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2011/07/12/obama_cbs_interview.html
> Obama Warns Of Social Security Freeze If Debt Deal Breaks Down 
> "There may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it." By 
> Peter Fulham | Posted Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2011, at 3:46 PM EDT
> President Obama warned for the first time on Tuesday that if 
> lawmakers fail to reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling by Aug. 
> 2, Americans expecting to receive Social Security checks may be 
> left empty handed.
> "I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3 if we 
> haven't resolved this issue, because there may simply not be the 
> money in the coffers to do it," Obama told CBS Evening News in an 
> interview set to air later Tuesday.
> "This is not just a matter of Social Security checks," Obama 
> continued. "These are veterans' checks. These are folks on 
> disability ... There are about 70 million checks that go out each 
> month."
> Obama has asked Republicans to agree to a deal that would cut the 
> deficit by as much as $4 trillion over 10 years, which would 
> include cuts to entitlements as well as tax increases for 
> businesses and wealthy Americans, according to the New York Times. 
> But Republican House Speaker John Boehner pulled back from that 
> proposal over the weekend, pushing instead for a smaller, $2 
> trillion deal without any new tax revenues.

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