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  •  You really don't get the difference between (0+ / 0-)

    moving backward and moving slowly forward?

    I'm far more critical of the President for actively agreeing to cause harm than for moving too slowly in trying to alleviate it.

    Machine gun bullets became the bloody baptizers/ And the falcon 'copters don't care if someone's the wiser/ But the boy in the swamp didn't know he was killed by advisers

    by JesseCW on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:49:06 AM PST

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    •  moving forward slowly (0+ / 0-)

      would be raising caps to recapture the erosion of salary subjected to the caps.  Removing the caps entirely is a new idea,  not one that is in force and being slightly tweaked.  If we are going to delve into new policy areas and recommend changes,  why draw little lines on brand new ideas?

      As for doing harm, sometimes that is what the President does, other times it is just not pushing back against language or framing choices, sometimes it is not pushing new policy as far as he could.    

      If we really want progressive changes, to revamp SS in a big new way, what's wrong with looking at both caps and steps?  Both have been part of the program since the beginning.  Both could have an effect on amounts of money available.   Both can be used to address the regressivity of the system.  Is it because the media talks about caps, people have heard of them, and many people don't even know about the steps because they get less attention?  Sheep or leaders, we don't have to think only about what we are allowed to think about by the right wing press.

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