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  •  its also better than (9+ / 0-)

    a shard glass sandwich but its still unacceptable. Their headline is "As some progressives push back, Pelosi embraces Obama cliff offer". Theres video at the link but I dont have time to find it in there just now, its toward the end I guess.

    Get out there and get peace, think peace, live peace, and breathe peace, and you'll get it as soon as you like.” ~ John Lennon

    by Lady Libertine on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 12:06:00 PM PST

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    •  She talks about it and said (7+ / 0-)

      she could support the WH's offer, but is seems to me that this was leading and not much of a definitive declaration of support.

      Durbin and other Democrats have come out against it.

      Dick Durbin: No cut in Social Security benefits

      Posted by Greg Sargent

      This may cheer liberals who are worried that the White House is giving too much ground to Republicans by proposing “Chained CPI” for Social Security as part of a final fiscal cliff deal — in effect agreeing to a cut in Social Security benefits.

      In an interview with me this morning, Senator Dick Durbin, a top ally of the White House, told me he opposes including Chained CPI in the final deal unless it completely exempts Social Security. He said it would be difficult for Democrats to support Chained CPI for Social Security if it ended up in a final deal, though he said it was premature to say anything definitive about how they would vote.

      “We ought to deal with Social Security in a separate conversation that is not part of deficit reduction,” Durbin told me. “To do it at this stage is the wrong way to go.”

      Durbin has said this before, but it’s notable that he’s repeating it in the wake of the White House’s reported offer of a deal that includes Chained CPI for Social Security.

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      http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

      Why is this even being discussed? Social Security is not a deficit driver.

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