Ron Paul blasts ‘fiscal cliff’ deal scam
By John Seiler
He’s no longer in office, but the greatest congressman in American history still is telling like it is. Here’s Ron Paul on the fraud “fiscal cliff” deal imposed on us by the scamsters of both parties in Congress:
“While there was much hand-wringing over the “draconian” cuts that would be imposed by sequestration, in fact sequestration does not cut spending at all. Under the sequestration plan, government spending will increase by 1.6 trillion over the next eight years. Congress calls this a cut because without sequestration spending will increase by 1.7 trillion over the same time frame. Either way it is an increase in spending.
“Yet even these minuscule cuts in the ‘projected rate of spending’ were too much for Washington politicians to bear. The last minute ‘deal’ was the worst of both worlds: higher taxes on nearly all Americans now and a promise to revisit these modest reductions in spending growth two months down the road. We were here before, when in 2011 Republicans demanded these automatic modest decreases in government growth down the road in exchange for a massive increase in the debt ceiling. As the time drew closer, both parties clamored to avoid even these modest moves.
“Make no mistake: the spending addiction is a bipartisan problem. It is generally believed that one party refuses to accept any reductions in military spending while the other party refuses to accept any serious reductions in domestic welfare programs. In fact, both parties support increases in both military and domestic welfare spending. The two parties may disagree on some details of what kind of military or domestic welfare spending they favor, but they do agree that they both need to increase. This is what is called “bipartisanship” in Washington….
“While the media played up the drama of the down-to-the-wire negotiations, there was never any real chance that a deal would not be worked out. It was just drama. That is how Washington operates. As it happened, a small handful of Congressional and Administration leaders gathered in the dark of the night behind closed doors to hammer out a deal that would be shoved down the throats of Members whose constituents had been told repeatedly that the world would end if this miniscule decrease in the rate of government spending was allowed to go through.
“While many on both sides express satisfaction that this deal only increases taxes on the ‘rich,’ most Americans will see more of their paycheck going to Washington because of the deal. The Tax Policy Center has estimated that 77 percent of Americans would see higher taxes because of the elimination of the payroll tax cut.”
That explains why Establishment Republicans so opposed Ron Paul in the GOP primaries a year ago: the Establishment wanted to keep the spending scams going, at the expense of taxpayers. Ron Paul would have stopped the scams. So he was stopped in favor of the Republican Establishment functionary Romney, who “lost” to Democratic Establishment functionary Obama.
Read the rest of Ron Paul’s analysis here.
May 25, 2013