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  •  Yes, you're right, it is more complex. (12+ / 0-)

    But I think we need to be able to make people feel what they're are actually supporting when we talk with them.

    Essentially, they are stealing the scraps off the tables of our Grammas to give to the banksters.

    I think that is one way to phrase it that people can understand easily and see as morally wrong at the same time.

    •  While I sympathize with your (6+ / 0-)

      intent, it doesn't really help the narrative since it is not actually an apples to apples swap - it is more misinformation in an ocean of misinformation and disinformation which is already endangering Social Security and other important programs as it is.

      The simple truth is the best approach which is that current Social Security beneficiaries will see cuts in their monthly benefit checks - less money - and that the cuts will hurt 65 Million people who rely on Social Security benefits as well as the economy as a whole.

      It won't change the debt or deficit situation except to reduce revenue because those dollars withheld from the economy will be a contraction.

      •  Ok, we'll disagree. (14+ / 0-)

        Not technically, but in actuality it is.

        This whole fiscal cliff debate is based on a lie and part of that lie is that SS is part of the problem.

        The intent of this meme is to cut entitlements while we don't debate the real issues.

        Semantics upon semantics...

      •  inclusiveheart, did you see this? (9+ / 0-)

        Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

        by divineorder on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 01:28:27 PM PST

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        •  Not all in one place, but I've (4+ / 0-)
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          seen all of those points made.

          I am disappointed that no one is pointing out the anti-stimulative effect of cutting benefits especially in this economy, though.

          Why isn't anybody more important than me attacking on that important point?

          All day long, the end of the Payroll Tax Holiday has been mourned and the talking heads are all wringing their hands about those paycheck contractions, but no one makes the same issue of cutting the benefits checks of 65 Million Americans, most of whom have very few ways to bridge the gap and almost all of whom spend every dime of what they do get in the real economy.

          Am I wrong to think that reducing 65 Million Social Security checks - not including Veterans' benefits because I don't know that number - by something along the lines of $100 a month would hurt this fragile economy? Is there some other Cash Injection Fairy that I don't know about who will come in and make up the difference?

          Recommending your comment by "voice vote" as without Java turned on, I can't get the rec buttons to work.  Thanks for the reference.

      •  Which raises the query "and why cause (4+ / 0-)
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        contraction?"

        We have examples of Europe to show pulling money out of people's hands hurts the economy.

        We have the IMF sudden realization and British analysts, as they come onto their triple-recession, to tell us austerity is counter-productive.

        Are our political class and media unaware of the news, which we all can find or read in moments?

        Are they just stupid? On massive amounts of LSD, all day long?

        Or do they wish for, desire, the result? And why would they wish for a result that, in all normal politics, loses people's vote? Which is supposed to, according to the Conventional Wisdom, be what politician's are all about getting.

        President Obama keeps talking the neo-Lib talk about "make us competitive in the world marketplace." Conservatives, knowing their biggest expense against profit comes from labor, of course would be happiest with slave-labor but will settle for serfdom. For now.

        Both agree that wages should be driven down, and the way to do that is to make the US compete against slave-labor and a-touch-above-slave-labor.

        The more desperation in the air, the better for neo-Libs and Conservatives alike. The ordinary people? Shit, enough are so blinded you can get them to claim arithmetic doesn't apply, so a cut isn't a cut.


        Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

        by Jim P on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 08:55:59 PM PST

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