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  •  There is absolutely no reason to address SS (8+ / 0-)

    here and now under the duress of a make-believe debt crisis that is the construct of austerity mongers and deficit hawks. Plus, why should ANY tinkering of one of the largest government programs be the product of 2 men in an essentially back room secret negotiation? Screw that! quite frankly.

    Not to mention that Social Security is in no immediate crisis and should not be a part of any general debt discussions at this time despite your use of the popular right wing framing of "kicking the can down the road".

    The reason the Simpson Bowles types and the corporatists and the "very serious people" feel compelled to do this at this time is that they don't want to waste a perfectly good economic crisis/recession which gives them great cover to "Shock Doctrine" us to whittle away at the social safety nets which they hate for purely ideological right wing reasons.

    That's why we don't deal with "the Social Security thing" now. And I for one think it is absolutely apalling that the President and the Democrats are the ones responsible for trying to sell this crap to the American people.

    “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 Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 11:43:27 AM PST

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