15 Nov 2010

Neither Party Will Stand Up, Look the Citizens in the Eye and Tell us the Truth

I stumbled across this fantastic blog post at some paper called The Livingston County News… the following quote struck me as something that could have been ripped right out of my own head:

Neither party will stand up, look the citizens in the eye, and tell us the truth. Both sides have just spent billions in campaign ads telling us that the other side is little better than a coven of witches or a howling pack of socialists. Would that they would have talked about issues in 2010. Talk about Nero fiddling while Rome burned!

Who is going to tell us that Social Security is unsustainable and that if it is not fixed (not fiddled with but fixed) soon, we will not be able to fix it so that it still is worthy of its name–providing old folks in our society with security?

Who will say that the system that made post-World War II folks comfortable in retirement, a system of pensions in both private and public sectors, is dead and not coming back to life?

Who is going to convince young people who do not want to live with their parents and who must pay back tens of thousands of dollars in college loans that they must start putting money aside in a 401K or other type of retirement account so that they will be able to retire and live 20-30 more years without being in poverty?

Not the democrats or republicans… thats for damn sure.

(apologies – the link went dead, and a search on the Livingston County News site came up empty, so we cannot link to the full post)

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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.
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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.

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