All of a sudden, we’re staring down the barrel of severely regressive policy proposals that would make Dick Cheney and Milton Friedman smile.

Three ideas were floated last week in Washington: backing away from the Afghanistan troop withdrawal deadline, handing $700 billion to the wealthiest Americans over the next ten years and cutting Social Security benefits.

On top of this, George W. Bush announced his support for torture techniques the same week the Department of Justice announced the destruction of torture tapes – and no one will likely be held accountable.