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  •  The reason why I reject that idea... (10+ / 0-) two fold. One, Obama has always used the unsubstantiated anti-SS verbiage about "SS will go bankrupt" and has held focus on the deficit. Second, Obama has never proposed the few easily achieved tweaks necessary to push solvency to 75 years and already designed into the system. In fact Obama has proposed completely insufficient actions that would accomplish nothing constructive and would please no one like the chained CPI change.

    I guess I would add a third reason and that is that Obama has surrounded himself and staffed with people who have spent their careers on shifting SS money into Wall St, through various privatization schemes. People like Wm. Daley, Gene Sperling,and  Bruce Reed have been working for partial privatization since the '90's. They have been committed to gov''t held funds for SS for those most in need but they've also been committed to these universal-401k ideas that Sperling proposed in 1999 and generally moving some portion of payroll taxes into stocks for Wall St. and the banks can invest the money and, as happened in 2008, lose the money. These are Obama's guys now.

    •  "Most in Need" (4+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, zaka1, vigilant meerkat, jm214

      When was the last time Democrats cared about those "most in need"?  Oh, about 1972.  Anyone who thinks that if they abandon their commitment to middle class home owning vote every November seniors, that they're going to keep funding those "most in need" hasn't been paying close attention.  Those "most in need" will be fighting with the mentally ill for beds at the county jail.

    •  Not in the POTUS debates I watched (1+ / 0-)
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      Obama has always used the unsubstantiated anti-SS verbiage about "SS will go bankrupt
      From memory, paraphrased:
      Both Gov Romney and I agree that SS is basically sound. It needs a few tweaks here and there, but it's basically sound.
      So I wonder where you get your notions?

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