by RJ Eskow
The word for today is “choice,” not “crisis.”
It's time to stop saying the country “can't afford” Medicare, Social Security, or other programs that benefit the middle class. If I told my mother that I “can't mow the lawn” or “I can't do all that homework” when I was a kid, she'd say: “Don't say you can't. Say you don't want to.” (The outcome of these exchanges was inevitable. Hello, lawnmower …)
Now we're told there's a “crisis” and we can no longer afford the middle-class American dream. The truth is the opposite: Our long-term problems aren't caused by the middle class, but by politicians who choose to sacrifice the middle class for wealthy interests.
All this talk about a “debt crisis” is a way for politicians to avoid telling the truth: They'd rather say they “have to” sacrifice the middle class than admit they're making a choice.