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  •  The way Reid was (2+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, vigilant meerkat

    acting yesterday, it looked like he had to take some medicine he didn't like.

    He seemed almost sad that the outcome would not be completely palatable to both sides.

    McConnell, on the other hand, seemed downright ready to go!

    So what is bugging Reid?

    Changing the threshold from $250 to $400?  That would bug me quite a bit but it's not completely repugnant.

    Here's what would be repugnant:

    Failing to extend unemployment benefits and/or requiring a specific matching reduction in spending

    Including anything about social security (which has nothing to fucking to with the deficit)

    Including anything about medicare (which is not necessary as part of this bill)

    I'm hoping I misread Reid and/or that none of the above is included.

    Everyone knows we have the upper hand, that any "compromise" should be borne almost entirely on the right.

    We don't need to compromise.  We don't have to buy into their view of the world because we won a decisive victory in November.

    And if we do come anywhere near an equal compromise, we lend credence to their false narrative about the debt, the deficit, and government's role overall.

    Not to mention revealing more Democratic soft underbelly.

    Ugh.

    Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

    by delphine on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 09:38:43 AM PST

    •  Harry Reid signed a letter to Obama (1+ / 0-)
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      cocinero

      ...in September (along with other Senators) against cuts to Social Security in the Fiscal Cliff deal.

      I hope Harry Reid sticks with the position that Social Security should be kept out of this.

      http://thehill.com/...

      •  Remember, (1+ / 0-)
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        stewarjt

        Pelosi was hard set against including SS in the negotiations, only to then claim that chained CPI (after Obama put it on the table) was "strengthening social security" and that she did not consider it a cut in benefits.

        She said this about 10 days ago.

        Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

        by delphine on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 10:39:09 AM PST

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