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  •  A very small smidgen (0+ / 0-)

    It assumes an adversarial relationship between Obama and either confessional Dems, social security, or both.  And I didn't see how in that scenario, congressional dems would be effective without the power to originate tax bills.  

    I believe Mitt Romney also said his first act would be to approve the keystone pipeline, and without any real insight on what Obama might ultimately do, that illustrates all the damage Romney would do just on his own.  Filibuster enough Court nominees, Romney nominates Goodwin Liu?

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 08:34:22 PM PST

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    •  Newsflash: (2+ / 0-)
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      Obama was calling for Social Security cuts back in 2006. The corporate media wasn't trumpeting that in the 2008 primaries - I wonder why?

      Could it be that Obama was the corporate media's candidate? His relationship to Social Security is certainly adversarial, and has been since before he became President.

      "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

      by Australian2 on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 05:56:37 AM PST

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      •  you must not consume a lot of media (0+ / 0-)

        he's their candidate relative to whom?  Not Romney.  Maybe Kucinich.  Adversarial is a considerable overstatement based on isolated statements and parts of negotiation positions.  

        Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

        by Loge on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 06:54:45 AM PST

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    •  well (2+ / 0-)
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      Obama DOES have an adversarial relationship to SS. He keeps trying to cut it.

      And Congressional Dems could block things without having the power to originate bills.

      •  and yet it keeps not being cut (1+ / 0-)
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        the interesting question is whether there's anything in return, scale and scope, etc.  If the goal were to cut benefits, full stop, it'd have happened. Remember when he expanded Medicaid, by the way?  

        We had this scenario in Bush's first term - Dem senate by a slim margin, and Republican President and House.

        Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

        by Loge on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 06:50:03 AM PST

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        •  Wait (0+ / 0-)

          So now the president can always get what he wants no matter what? By waving his magic wand or something?  

          I'll tell you how he usually ends up with what he wants, and that is persistence...which is what he's doing by the repeated attempts at cutting SS and Medicare.

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