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    Obama’s Steady Road to Austerity

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    President Obama has been remarkably disciplined and focused in his four-year pursuit of a “grand austerity bargain” with the GOP. “With this month’s agreement to make Bush’s tax cuts permanent for 98 percent of the public, Obama and the Republicans’ positions are closer than ever.” It seems that soon, the axes may start to fall.

    Obama and GOP Play Tag Team on Entitlements


    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Not only is the ‘fiscal cliff” a phony, manufactured issue, there is fundamental agreement between the White House and Republicans in Congress on how this game should end: with entitlements in tatters. “Austerity is the common language and goal of the talks.”

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    Neo-Confucian Wisdom In The Age of...Austerity


    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Confucius say, pimp-slap, kick to curb

    He who come with grand bargain

    Freedom Rider: Grand Bargain is the Satan Sandwich


    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    President Obama is taking his case for a grand austerity bargain with the Republicans on the road, moving us “closer to eliminating the threadbare safety net.” Not so long ago, it would have been inconceivable that a Democratic president barnstorm the country, “loudly and publicly demanding support for making right wing fantasies come true.”

    Obama Administration and Wall Street Predators Target “Entitlement Reform”

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
    When the corporate media, Wall Street predators and their favorite politicians talk of "entitlement reform," they are not referring to their bonuses, or tax breaks, golden parachutes or consulting fees.  They mean to "reform" your Social Security, your Medicaid, your Medicare, all of which they view as "fiscally irresponsible."  When President Obama endorses a bipartisan summit on "fiscal responsibility" it's time to look out.
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