Does Mitch Mcconnell Want To Cut Social Security And Medicare?
keep in mind, he's running for reelection and has a republican primary to worry about. the primary electorate is significantly to his right. so, yes, he wants to cut social security and medicare, but he doesn't want to go out and say, i want to cut social security and medicare. so he proposed a sort of two-step that would require a deal first and then reduce social security. >> the house speaker, john boehner, has his own plan to reduce the deficit while preventing tax increases. it calls for an overhaul of the tax code, but no specific targets for spending cuts. >> the president will not sign another short-term stopgap measure. we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. >> so there you have it, two proposals that are really not very different at all. both are about cutting social security. >> social security is not the key to the deficit. it is not part of the deficit. taxes are not part of the deficit. the way to reduce the deficit is to go to war with the middle class. the way to reduce the deficit is to go to war with working families, with the poor, with the vulnerable, with the elderly, with the disabled. that's how the deficit can be reduced. >> but these proposals are also about going to war with the president. in other words, the two sides are in a stalemate. the president won't agree to spending cuts without a deal on taxes. the other side won't agree to a tax deal without spending cuts. it's a stalemate, and this is what it will be until the election. and after the election, there's going to be further stalemate. this is going to drag on and on and on. it's not going to be over until the new president comes in and it might not be over a
Moyers Company PBS Jul 25, 2011 6:30pm PDT , it was clear that the european union had a very significant role to play in this part of the world.
so, i think what we're trying to do really is to see how we can help with the development and the reconstruction of a country that's had a very difficult time.
so -- >> can i ask you something else?
the rebels in the past have complained about your government's role in this, saying you were in favor of the government.
they've also complained that your government has been hostile toward them.
there was an incident last year in which you killed a rebel leader.
>> no, i don't think that's true.
i mean, i think the government of the united kingdom has been very clear.
we've said that we are against human rights abuses.
that we are against killings.
but we've also said that in order to bring about an end to this conflict, it requires a political process, and that's why we're trying to support the peace process.
>> right, but there's been what the benghazi rebels call a hostile environment here that has been hostile to the benghazi rebels.
you've had a couple of them killed,.
Moyers Company PBS Jul 8, 2011 6:30pm PDT the union.
>> we have an interesting case study in the city of montreal, where they had a lot of the same issues that the states have right now.
but they also had something that a lot of these states are lacking.
they had a very powerful and popular mayor.
who had a strong vision of the city that he wanted to build, he wanted to make a very livable city.
he had a city where people wanted to live.
they wanted to stay in montreal.
he had to put a lot of public money into that, into making montreal a livable city and a place where people wanted to live.
and in the end that was a success.
but the result is that the government of the city of montreal has a very big, kind of, social democratic vision of what a city should look like and how it should work.
and they're very willing to put public money to it.
>> isn't that the point?
we're talking about cities that have to innovate, because their budgets can't afford to put more money into education or into public transportation or into police and fire protection, why?
because all the money's going into paying off the interest on the bonds.
>> that's right.
i think that's the real lesson.
Moyers Company PBS Jul 2, 2011 6:30pm PDT a lot more.
and if that's the case, you know, the teachers union, instead of defending the teachers' pocketbooks, should be defending the kids' pocketbooks.
>> and here's a question for you.
you say that the issue with the teachers' union is that they're protecting their members' pocketbooks.
but isn't that what unions are for?
to protect their members?
>> it's certainly a legitimate role for a teachers union to protect the teachers' pocketbooks, but it doesn't justify status quo practices.
and a strike is a way to change status quo practices.
it's a way to change the way things are.
>> and the question is, why are they not doing that?
>> well, they're not doing it on their own.
teachers in red states just aren't going out on strike as often.
but the teachers in the blue states are.
so, i think the teachers in the blue states are more likely to be on the cutting edge of change.
they're more likely to be adopting new technologies.
they're more likely to be adopting new kinds of ways of working.
and so, that's the kind of teachers that are willing to go on strike.
and they're more likely to be at the front of the class in terms of getting kids.
Moyers Company PBS Jul 9, 2011 6:30pm PDT , but there are also the far-right, anti-union, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-choice groups, the tea party movement, and they're likely to be far more powerful and potentially dangerous than the far