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  •  Premise seems false. Austerity the answer? (20+ / 0-)

    We're not focusing on the correct question.  And progressive solutions aren't even being discussed.

    Want to fix Medicare?  Remove the age cap and let younger/lower risk people buy into it.  Small businesses too.  Let Medicare negotiate with pharma.

    Want to fix Social Security? Remove the income caps and don't conflate it with the budget.  Get more people working.

    Want to fix deficit and debt, address what caused it: our gambling-based economy, i.e. Wall St. unregulated, and taxed at very low rates or not taxed at all.  Causes recessions.  Make corporations and individuals that are sheltering against taxes stop being freeloaders. Think financial transaction tax, tariffs or VAT, removing incentives to ship jobs overseas.

    The problem is that the current fiscal discussion is trying to fix a result and not a cause.  Progressive ideas on the table would be valuable.

    Nuance is lost upon those who choose not to look.

    by poliwrangler on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 12:50:51 PM PST

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    •  Very well put: (3+ / 0-)
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      The problem is that the current fiscal discussion is trying to fix a result and not a cause.  Progressive ideas on the table would be valuable.

      "Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes begging." - Luther

      by Cartoon Messiah on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 02:33:58 PM PST

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