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  •  Cynical and soulless. That's what I think when I (0+ / 0-)

    stop to consider:

    Here I am, sitting down to write my speech about Social Security.

    I think I'll talk about my grandmother for awhile. She was a wonderful woman. I sure loved her.

    She chose to "go it on her own" but Social Security was the safety net below which she could not fall.

    Yeah, that sounds good. Mentioning the safety net, but not promising not to lower it or reduce it. That sounds good.

    And then, well, how do I address the changes we are planning in Social Security?  Reducing the Cost of Living adjustment for over 30 major Federal programs, including disabled Veterans, food stamps, and all the rest?

    Of course, I have to talk about "strengthening" the programs. If they have less outflow, they'll be better funded.

    (No, don't let me think about extra revenue coming in, only the payouts.  The payouts have to be cut!)

    If they're still contemplating the heart-touching story about my grandmother, they won't hear the wrap up much.

    So, there we have it:  heart-touching story about my own grandmother, then "Strengthening Social Security" and I'm done.

    I've got this. Yep, I've got this!

    He flat out chose to utilize his grandmother's memory to do something which would have been harmful to his grandmother's income, thus livelihood.  

    Talk about cynical.  Might be a lot worse than that!

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 02:11:48 PM PDT

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    •  What's cynical as well (1+ / 0-)
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      is the dead-enders on this site and elsewhere on the "left" who keep denying that he's doing this, or claiming that it's either brilliant 11DC or something he has no choice but to do, because sequester.

      It's not a cut!

      Ok, it's a cut, but it'll never get passed, and is his way of messing with the GOP to make them look bad.

      Ok, it might get passed, but he has no choice. Repubs control the house and can block anything in the senate, and Ben Nelson dammit!

      Why don't you purists shove it you're not the boss of me whaaaaaaa!

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 03:28:40 PM PDT

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      •  I was rather shocked at KOS' front page diary (0+ / 0-)

        basically saying this was 11tyeth dimensional chess.  
        That Obama really didn't want this.

        I mean, really?  It doesn't get much more clear than this. The guy offered up Social Security cuts on a silver platter without even being asked (except, perhaps, by his pals in Wall Street).

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 07:29:04 PM PDT

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        •  I didn't read kos' diary (1+ / 0-)
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          as validating the 11DC take, just saying that this MAY be Obama's strategy. I have no idea. I can't read Obama's mind.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 09:29:37 PM PDT

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