To anyone who has followed the attempts to deform reform public education you will not only notice similar rhetoric to the Fix The Debt campaign, but behind the people like Michelle Rhee and Geoffrey Canada sit those very same rich oligarchs desperate to avoid paying taxes. The corporate cosmology of “letting the market decide” questions of public education and surviving old age pair well together. And now as that rough beast known as the “Grand Bargain” slouches towards DC, the shills for privatizing public education are being called in to reinforce the bought politicians calling for cuts to Social Security.
The president of the Harlem Children Zone said he’s on the college campus circuit to gin up student activism around entitlement spending. As it is, Geoffrey Canada said, seniors are erasing any chance for the next generation to have the safety net they will need and deserve.
“There are a lot of folk who have a lot of money who simply don’t need social security. And we can’t even begin to have a conversation around means testing for that group,” he said. “It’s unfair to the next generation.”
Yes, the astroturf for the oligarchs people invoke class warfare, hoping people don’t realize that means testing is a divide and conquer strategy. The reason everyone receives Social Security is because it is a program for everyone, everyone is a stakeholder. If it was just for the poor, like food stamps, the rich would try to cut it all the time.
Then again, who does Geoffrey Canada work for and with?
Canada spoke to WNYC about his campaign, conducted in partnership with investor Stan Druckenmiller, to get college leaders engaged on this issue.
I would expect to see more of this as the push to cut Social Security heats up. The attack on the commons in favor of a rigged system, euphemistically called “the market”, has been fomenting in board rooms and country clubs for quite awhile and now they are calling in the reserve forces to fortify the facade of phony populism.
We have had 30 years of “the market” in charge, how is that going for you?