US Fed Chairman demands plan to cut social programs

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By Barry Grey
4 June 2009

Testifying Wednesday before the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke demanded that Congress and the Obama administration map out a program of austerity measures to bring down record budget deficits. Bernanke made clear that the heart of this program should be sharp cuts in social spending, including basic entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

“Maintaining the confidence of the financial markets,” Bernanke said in prepared remarks to the committee, “requires that we, as a nation, begin planning now for the restoration of fiscal balance.”

The phrase “confidence of the financial markets” is a euphemism for the interests of Wall Street and major international banks and investors. In demanding the preparation of austerity measures to be imposed on the American people, Bernanke was speaking in behalf of the financial elite whose massive taxpayer subsidies have been the major cause of the explosive growth over the past year of the federal deficit and the US national debt.


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6 thoughts on “US Fed Chairman demands plan to cut social programs

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  6. Where does this asshole come across advocating austerity after giving away trillions to banks and wall Street which caused the crisis? I believe most everyone in Washington is totally disconnect from the electorate. We need to through all the bums out, raise taxes on the wealthy and start over.

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