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  •  Like Austerity in general, "it doesn't work" is... (9+ / 0-)

    off the mark. The point clearly isn't to more accurately measure seniors' expenses. The CPI-E will never be discussed because the purpose of this discussion is to please the punditocracy and the Pete Peterson cohort. Democratic legislators can go screw themselves if they think the President is going to put their electoral future above his perceptions about his legacy. Ditto Americans who want to see SS benefits expanded.

    And the President need only look at the Village's view of Bill Clinton's legacy of Welfare Reform to confirm his feelings. The people he'll be spending the rest of his life around will talk about his accomplishments for years if he can make seniors suffer in the name of good fiscal something or other.

    "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

    by 2020adam on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 06:15:43 PM PDT

    •  And like bubba before him (10+ / 0-)

      he will end up very rich...

      The law, in its majestic equality, gives the rich as well as the poor the right to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to eat dumpster donuts. - With apologies to Anatole France

      by chuckvw on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 06:30:27 PM PDT

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      •  And his daughters too. (1+ / 0-)
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        Chelsea is a millionaire already, an investment banker, she and her husband just brought like a 10 million dollar home in New York.  Now I wonder if her connections had anything to do with her wealth?  Nah.  

        This will place his whole family in the 1% forever, it is a club and we will never be a part of it. However, we need better leaders and to be able to pick leaders that are from 99% and not just the 1%.  

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 11:51:27 PM PDT

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    •  It's Not That I Have Any Respect for Bill Clinton (10+ / 0-)

      Now or while he was in office. I remember him for his failed policy of ending aid to children living in poverty (AFDC) and his failed policy of free trade. But more than anything, I remember him as the one who set the pattern of running to the middle instead of leading from the truth, which has become a hazard for Democratic politicians.

      I suspect Obama looks up to Clinton. But there's not much of a legacy if the long-term results of your efforts fail.

      •  "Running to the middle instead of leading from (3+ / 0-)
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        the truth"  -- Excellent line!  Succinct, well-stated, and unfortunately for the vast majority of working people, seniors, and the poor, all too damn true.

        Is it courageous to propose tax cuts but not identify a single tax expenditure to rein in? Is it courageous to target your deepest cuts on the poorest Americans, who vote in lower numbers and provide little in campaign contributions?

        by caul on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 08:56:24 PM PDT

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