Robert Reich probably carries politics markers in his DNA, having spent a lifetime earning his livelihood in the federal and academic sectors. Reich is top of the political class hierarchy. He beats a perpetual social justice drum and now he’s apparently moved into the realm of conspiracy theory.
In a blog post later republished at Salon, Reich warned that Tea Partiers will “eviscerate” the U.S. Government.
Reich said Tea Partiers were “crowing” about the sequestration:
“What they set out to do was not simply change Washington but eviscerate the U.S. government — ‘drown it in the bathtub,’ in the words of their guru Grover Norquist – slashing Social Security and Medicare, ending worker protections we’ve had since the 1930s, eroding civil rights and voting rights, terminating programs that have helped the poor for generations, and making it impossible for the government to invest in our future."
Reich must have missed the fact Democrats have already cut Medicare by more than $700 billion within the ObamaCare Tax Bill. Even President Barack Obama’s campaign deputy acknowledged the cuts—she praised them as cost saving measures. Those cuts will be felt more sharply as provisions of the OTB kick in.
Reich got off to a racist start with the new administration in 2009 when, as an economic adviser to Obama, he said Stimulus jobs shouldn’t go to, among other populations, “white male construction workers.” Media chose not to make much of Reich’s divisive remarks; he’s a Democrat.
Reich, an attorney, served as U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton.
Reich, however, bailed just ahead of Clinton’s global bailout of Long Term Capital Management—Time magazine said that bailout prevented a “global economic meltdown.” That’s the crisis President George W. Bush inherited; he just didn’t make a practice of finger pointing. Media didn't hype that global crisis like they did in 2008 when Democrats made it their campaign theme despite the fact Democrats contributed notably to that meltdown.
In his blog polemic, Reich doesn’t mention that the format for the sequester started out in the White House.
There is no doubt in most Americans’ minds that this government needs fiscal reform, from the bottom up. While politicians duel over entitlements, the real need for reform is in all sectors of the federal government, including pensions the taxpayer is on the hook for years into the future.
Instead, the President should let the public see the Tea Partiers for who they are — a small, radical minority intent on dismantling the government of the United States. As long as they are allowed to dictate the terms of public debate they will continue to hold the rest of us hostage to their extremism.
Like many of his fellow socialists and the Communist Party USA, Reich has focused on branding those who want government reform as “extremists.”
The real “extremists,” however, are running our government, forking out at least $115 billion in improper payments, an amount larger than the sequester will cut. That is an “extreme” lack of accountability with the money we taxpayers work hard for every day as we cut our budgets and the political class continue to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
It is likely Dems will ramp up attacks on tea partiers ahead of 2014, just as they did ahead of the 2010 midterms.
Meanwhile, federal tax income—“revenue” as the Dems call it—will set a record in 2013 according to the Congressional Budget Office. Reich and the Democrats still want more.
That's #Extreme. Sounds to me like the Dems want to "eviscerate" Main Street.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/March 4, 2013)