I'd love nothing better than to see a political ad with the bloviating senator or house rep. espousing his views just as an off stage miscreant stabs him with a syringe full of truth serum. It goes something like this.
Senator Blowhard: "The Social Security program is broken and "we" are the only party that can fix it."
Truth Serum talking: "The system is solvent until 2037. We just want to send it to our boys on Wall Street".
Senator Blowhard: "This is an "entitlement" program (subtext - is that it's some type of government giveaway)".
Truth Serum: "Entitlement means just that, you paid into the system as a supplemental income in you old age. You are therefore entitled to it".
Senator Blowhard: "Giving tax cuts to large corporations creates jobs".
Truth Serum: Giving tax cuts to corporations only make them more profits and does not create jobs. If it did this recession would have been over a long time ago. The money seems to go to the top with yet more big bonuses and higher stock options. The investors get a few cents out of the deal but for most workers it's wage freezes and less benefits. Where does all that money get spent? They're either sitting on it or they are trying to figure out ways to ship the whole operation over seas where labor is cheap or free".
Senator Blowhard: "I'm all for a voucher program for Medicare and and Medicaid."
Truth Serum: "A voucher wouldn't begin to cover even a basic plan and no insurance company would be stupid enough to cover someone in their 80s or 90s with severe health problems. That would leave grandma to fend for herself. She'd either have to shell out some big bucks to the insurance companies to cover the difference or go without. That would leave the insurance companies free to cover only healthy people who don't use the coverage. End result: higher profits for the insurers". Wasn't the term for that called extortion?
What do they think we are suckers?
A little transparency might be nice