A quite sick story, about a billionaire who is so upset that the middle class in America has devised a social safety net that he will spend a billion dollars of his own money to deprive them of it. You don’t get any more mean-spirited than this:
Vicious Ideologue Renews Attack on Social Security
Monday 21 July 2008
by: Dean Baker, t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Billionaire investment banker Peter Peterson is back on the warpath. He just established a new foundation with a $1 billion endowment, the main purpose of which is to cut back spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
These programs, which provide an essential safety net to virtually the entire country, are hugely popular and will be politically difficult to cut. Nonetheless, $1 billion is a lot of money. Therefore, Peterson’s campaign deserves to be taken seriously.
Peterson has long been an ardent foe of these programs. He first rose to national prominence as commerce secretary in the Nixon administration. He then returned to the private sector and became a partner in the Blackstone Group, a very successful private equity fund.