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  •  All of this about something that hasn't (1+ / 0-)
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    Phoebe Loosinhouse

    happened.  It was an offer that was refused. Do you think, maybe, Obama knew that?  He said as much in his last press conference.  It doesn't matter what he presents them, they refuse. Yes, the offer is still on the table and it is being ignored.

    •  Why is he offering up Social Security in the (1+ / 0-)
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      first place? He was the one to introduce last time, he was the one to introduce it this time. Why is he making bargaining overtures that are anathema to most people and the vast majority of his own party? Why is he making an overture for chained CPI that his own Senate majority leader says he will not support?

      To show how bi-partisany he is? To show he is willing to take the money out of the pockets of the neediest just like Republicans? To foster the goals of inhumane and morally corrupt deficit hawks like those he surrounds himself with and appoints at every opportunity?

      Reids Assures Sanders He Won't Agree to Cuts in Social Security

      Or what about

      What's not widely understood amidst the talk of cutting Social Security is that it's already been cut. Legislation in 1983 gradually raised the age for claiming full retirement benefits from 65 to 67, amounting to an average 13 percent reduction in lifetime benefits for anyone born after 1960. A little less than 10 percent live below the poverty line, and another 35 percent have household income less than twice that level. Nearly two out of three seniors get more than half their income from Social Security. The average monthly payment to retirees was only $1,176 in 2010.

      Social Security kept some 21 million people out of poverty last year, according to the Social Security Administration. Even modest cuts in benefits could push these people into hardship or worse, because for many of them -- and for many workers approaching retirement -- Social Security and Medicare are the only reliable sources of retirement income support they have left.

      It's sad to watch the President and others throw away the moral, ethical and political underpinnings of the Democratic Party and cast the weakest astray so that he can secure some type of stupid Henry Clay type legacy as a Great Compromiser. He would have a more impressive legacy if he championed the causes of the people over the causes of the connected.

      “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 01:08:27 AM PST

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