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Pack your bags for Washington, D.C.

To paraphrase Aerosmith, “Tax the Rich – they aren’t really good for very much else!”

Although I hope that a lot of the national budget negotiations are merely political posturing, I suspect that they are really NOT – having seen the inflexibility of politicians of both major political parties in California. And, if it means anything coming from a white guy, :-) I would like to offer Congressional Black Caucus chairman, Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, a hearty “Right On!” after his statement:

“We’re not going to bend on Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security.”

After all, the rich really don’t care about the “race,” or “national origin” of the working people they rob.

Tonight, I watched a more heterogeneous group of folks listening to the same oldies band that played in Livermore awhile ago, but at least half of my mind was on “entitlements,” and the belated attempt to steal the retirements away from the workers before me who were abused by corporations all of their working lives.

According to the CNN article, 70 House Democrats sent a letter to President Obama asking him to keep Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security off the bargaining table. Good for them. It would be nice if some of them would speak to their colleagues in Sacramento and ask them to focus on important matters at the state level, too.

CNN goes on to say:

“Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly described his colleagues as ‘understandably very skittish about putting Medicare back on the table and Social Security while they’re at it, which has very little to do with the debt.'”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio; I was raised in Ohio.) faces a tough problem convincing House Republicans (You remember them? They are the ones that misinterpreted their election as a mandate from The People.) to vote for increased revenues. It’s OK, John. Just tax the rich and eliminate oil subsidies and see what the numbers look like. Besides, if you don’t have some control over those House Republicans, you probably really shouldn’t be Speaker. For most of us, it is scary enough that you are second in line for the presidency.

The Baby Boomers represent a big bulge in the population. We are not going to sit quietly while someone steals our retirement and our health during that retirement. We are not going to FORGIVE the politicians and parties involved. Although the top 1% of income earners has befuddled some of us, the rest of us have the numbers to vote the offending politicians out of office and keep them out.

A senior citizen march on Washington is beginning to look more and more real every day. Please remember that when you are negotiating on Sunday. It is probably too bad that there is not a national “Proposition 25” in place that suspends the PAY of you lawmakers, while you come to terms.

-Bill at

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