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  •  Oh, please, do the math. (1+ / 0-)
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    Bailey2001

    There are roughly 40 times as many people collecting SS and veterans' benefits as there are Federal employees and retirees.

    And you really think Feds are the reason for the upset about chained CPI, as opposed to seniors worrying weather Alpo or Purina goes better with beans?

    •  But how many here, where chained CPI (0+ / 0-)

      has raised more furry than anything I've ever seen to date... are actually more concerned about their own compensation and less about the altruistic concern for the poor and disadvantaged?

      •  Unlikely disproportionate # of Kossacks are Feds (0+ / 0-)

        As far as I know there is no specific data on how many Kossacks are Federal Government employees. However, the known demographics of Feds are that they are older (age distribution peaks between 45 and 59) and much more likely than the general population to be former military .  This seems a very poor match to the demographics I would assume of the majority of Kossacks, and renders your notion quite implausible.

        Two simpler possibilities for all the outrage:

        - Kossacks think cutting SS is a good way to lose the 2014 mid-terms

        - maybe, just maybe, they really don't want Grandma to have to choose between food and paying for her heart meds?

        •  Do the DOZENS of other things that Obama has done (0+ / 0-)

          to help Grandma afford her heart meds count?

          I mean seriously, Obama took all sorts of shit from the right to get HCA through.  HCA took Bush's UNFUNDED Medicare D, and funded it.  And I wonder why I'm continuously running into people who can't or won't recall the simplest facts like that that happened a few years ago.

          As far as what to do to win the elections... aside from the fact that doing what is right and running the goddamn government first and formost is what he was elected to do, I"m pretty certain that Obama, the White House and the Dem leadership are doing their best.  They may even know more than you or I or Laura Clawson who wrote this dairy knows.

          As to demographics here, I sure hope so, because if Christian Theology is anywhere close to correct, there is a special place in hell waiting for the relatively well treated Fed civil servants who put their own interests ahead of the vast sea of people who don't enjoy anything close to the job benefits that they do.

      •  So you are ok with it? (0+ / 0-)
        •  No, but I am OK with Barack Obama... (0+ / 0-)

          and the balance of what he has accomplished so far vs the envelope of what he possibly could accomplish.  That includes my support for his overall budget proposal.

          I trust him far more than I trust anyone else in politics, including an ever increasing number of people flying the colors of "Progressive", many of whom have a lot to say here about what a horrible tyrant Obama has become.

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