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  •  Since more than 75% of Americans (1+ / 0-)
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    want to preserve Social Security intact, even to the point of paying higher taxes to pay for it, there seems little point in having a Democratic president argue  repeatedly for cutting it.

    Do us outsider amateur plebes get to know the object of this eleventy-dimensional chess game? If it's making Republicans look bad, they are perfectly capable of doing that themselves.(See 2012 elections, rape).

     And yes, I get that triangulation is like herding Republican lemmings off a cliff. Republicans have to differentiate themselves from the Democrats, because their entire movement is based on hating Democrats. So you keep taking Republican positions, forcing them to differentiate from you by retreating into more and more extreme forms of rightism. It's very clever politics which unfortunately requires an economic blood sacrifice, because public policy goes rightward along with politics. Eventually the Democrats win--YAY!--because they're the only party left that looks sane. Unfortunately, by the time that happens, the middle class is decimated by the terrible right wing policies that have been adopted by both parties.

    Hence the split in this site. Those who love the Democratic party the way I love the Baltimore Ravens are cheering b/c the actions of the Democrats are politically smart--in a way. At least, at the end of the day, the Democrats will be the political party in power, probably representing a large part of the big money in this country. So, hooray for us and beating the Republicans.   Those who love the Democratic party because they want humane and functional public policy are horrified, b/c a lot of working- and middle-class people are going to be terribly hurt in the process. Sorry if that's too "twentieth-century" for you.

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 01:43:38 PM PST

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    •  Too bad Social Security and Medicare are 20th (0+ / 0-)

      Century programs -- sooo, retro dontcha know.  

      But hey, don't trust what he SAYS.  He's just fibbing for our own good.

    •  So you don't think chained CPI might be (0+ / 0-)

      one of those suggestions Republicans ought to jump on and don 't so isn't that interesting.  I find it fascinating.  I wonder how many programs they cherish have automatic COLA.  Farm subsidies?  Oil subsidies?  

      I also wonder if there's a way to protect SS from the Republicans for a few years.  I could use a break from that panic I live in when they gain power.

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 02:23:34 PM PST

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      •  Yeah and I wonder if the Republicans aren't (0+ / 0-)

        going to figure out that they need older white voters more than Democrats so all we have to really worry about is Democrats cutting what Republicans aren't going to cut anyway.

        •  Whatever. It's a good excuse to (0+ / 0-)

          feel hopeless and helpless if that floats your boat.  I prefer to fight back and enjoy the wins.

          I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

          by I love OCD on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:37:09 PM PST

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