Off the World News Desk:
“There are few areas where the corruption of the national media is more apparent than in its treatment of Social Security. Most of the elite media have made it clear in both their opinion and news pages that they want to see benefits cut. In keeping with this position they highlight the views of political figures who push cuts to the program, treating them as responsible, while those who oppose cuts are ignored or mocked.
This pattern of coverage was clearly on display last weekend. Both the New York Times and Washington Post decided to ignore the Senate's passage by voice vote of the Sanders Amendment. This was an amendment to the budget put forward by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders that puts the Senate on record as opposing the switch to the chained CPI as the basis for the annual Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)…
… This is a clear case of the elite lining up together against the bases of both political parties. If the chained CPI were put to a vote of the people it would lose in a landslide. But the elites are prepared to use their control of the political process and the media to do everything they can to push this cut forward.
The battle over the chained CPI provides a great case study in the state of American democracy. We will get to see whether the rich and powerful are able to attack a program that is vital to the security of almost all working people, even when the vast majority in both parties stand against them.”
An excellent case study on how modern elite “conspiracies” take place in the open, this one showcasing how the elite put the People in the Dark and manipulate our political system. See, the modern day elites do not meet in smokey back rooms in the middle of the night to hatch plots and horse trade on illicit activities. There is no need for such uncivilized behavior these days because, among other reasons, the elites control all corporate media. They can signal each other openly about their plans and desired courses of action while also controlling public debate, or prevent any real debate from happening. It’s f-ing brilliant! Orwellian, but brilliant.
As MCR pointedly asked a while back, “Is it a “conspiracy” when a flock of geese flies, and turns, together as one?” Well, that’s how it is with the 1%, the western elites. They all fly as one. The two political parties are a sham to create the illusion of choice when the fact is, we don’t really have any choices any more. “Paper or plastic”, that’s about it (to quote George Carlin). Corporations and a handful of billionaire scumbags control the agenda, and the rest of us are just along for the ride.
Until we decide otherwise… - Wes