The best way to get people to operate against their long term best interests is to frame their efforts as "A Struggle" and then keep them focused on the EVIL ENEMY.
It should come as no surprise that on the Fiscal Cliff where the evil Republicans were fighting for a $80 billion per year preservation of "Tax Cuts For The Rich" - President Obama was victorious (note: I do not know at this time all of the details of the legislation that passed the US Senate) - this DESPITE never having a budget deficit on his watch that was below $1 Trillion.
We are told that the "Fiscal Cliff" debate which sought about $1.6 trillion in "savings" over a 10 year period ($160 billion per year) has a greater negative impact than does these massive (near)$700b to $1 Trillion annual deficits that are projected for the next 10 years.
It is important for Mr Schultz frame this as a "Protection Of Social Security" at the hands of the Democrats. I can imagine that a few years ago the voters of Detroit, Chicago, and Newark were said to be "protecting something" as they fought off the enemy and won dominate control over the commanding heights of the respective cities.
- Social Security Ran $47.8B Deficit in FY 2012; Disabled Workers Hit New Record in December: 8,827,795
Despite its fiscal 2012 “net cash flow” deficit, as SSA describes it, the agency was able to book an on-paper “increase” of $64.580 billion in the Social Security Trust Funds. That, SSA says, is because the U.S. Treasury “paid” the trust funds $112.398 in “interest” in fiscal 2012 on the historial surpluses in Social Security taxes that the Treasury siphoned off to cover other spending by the federal government.
As of the end of calendar year 2011, according to SSA, the Social Security Trust Fund equaled approximately $2.678 trillion.
The last time the Social Security program ran a “net cash flow” surplus was in fiscal 2009. In that year, Social Security’s revenues exceeded its benefit and overhead payments by $19.358 billion. In fiscal 2010, Social Security ran a $36.8 billion deficit; and, in fiscal 2011, it ran a $47.975 deficit.
We have the murky accounting of "The Government Owing Itself" and "Paying itself Interest" for the money that it borrowed from ITSELF (The Social Security Trust Fund).
My point is not a partisan indictment but the notation that as we accept this scheme, while the gap between our organic production versus the standard of living that we live - this fiat economy that is based upon the confidence of investors may not respond to the Federal Reserve's antics in keeping the house of cards going.
I still have not heard from a single person who shows the downside of driving the development of "The Least Of These" through the local institutions rather than stringing them along with hopes of "nationalized social justice".