Former Minnesota Governor turned presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is calling on our government to stop payment of Social Security Checks, Disability Checks, and if I understand the full import of his proposal Military paychecks.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal and again in a Fox New appearance Former Governor Pawlenty stated “Congress should pass legislation that would put interest and debt payments ahead of other federal spending and allow the federal government to pay its creditors as tax revenue flows in.” http://www.timpawlenty.com/articles/pawlenty-argues-against-raising-the-debt-ceiling . Now I realize that I am just a poor uneducated redneck, but that statement tells Me that Social Security payments, disability payments, even military pay takes a back seat to the accomplishment of Right wing Republican political objectives.
Former Govenor Pawlenty likes to point to this statement made by Presedent Obama in 2006 as a partial justification for his position “”The fact that we’re here today to debate raising America’s debt is a sign of leadership failure.” What the former Governor is ignoring is the fact that at that point in time our former President G.W. Bush (a.k.a. Shrub) and his Republican cohorts had passed two tax reductions for the top 1% of the country and taken a surplus that could have been and was being used at least in part to reduce the national debt and transferred it to the top 1%. In fact it was argued by Shrub’s Fed Chairman that it was a bad thing to purchase outstanding debt and take it off the market.
Further Former Governor Pawlenty fails to recognise the fact that the current situation was a creation of Shrub and the Republicans and was further exacerbated in December by the Republican insistence that the very drivers of this problem i.e. the tax reductions for the top 1% be extended. This is not the only failure of the Republicans that have been the primary drivers of this current problem. In addition to the two massive tax cuts the failure of Republican appointed regulators to do their job under the direction of Shrub allowed for the failure of the banking system and the massive bailout necessary to preserve the wealth at the top. For Example Hank Greenburg who owns 20% of AIG has all but been restored to his prior position economically.
Again Former Governor Pawlenty turned Presidential candidate stated “Congress should pass legislation that would put interest and debt payments ahead of other federal spending and allow the federal government to pay its creditors as tax revenue flows in.” So interest payments to multi-millionaires, banks, hedge funds, etc. by the way those interest payments are tax free, take priority over anything else i.e. Social Security checks, Disability Checks, Military paychecks, funding for the troops on the battle field etc. All for some political objective of the ultra elite and at the expense of the rest of the country. What did Pawlenty say oh yes ” “Let’s call their bluff.” This is nothing but a game to Canidate Pawlenty and the Republican House Majority and a means of extortion. It is time for the public to put and end to this and request the resignation of the entire Republican House.
The elderly and disabled can not afford these games. Our Soldiers can not afford these games, The Country can not afford these games.