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    and her cohorts.

    Nancy Pelosi Says Social Security Cut Proposed By Obama Would 'Strengthen' Program

    Congressional Democrats, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), signaled greater willingness on Wednesday to cut Social Security benefits, with the party now considering a change to the way inflation is calculated for recipients.

    Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill that a cut proposed by President Barack Obama in the fiscal cliff negotiations would in fact "strengthen" the program, echoing the claims often made by Republicans about entitlement programs they want to slash.

    Her remarks come a day after she said that liberals in Congress who are unhappy with Obama's concession to the GOP would nevertheless support them.

    Pelosi, in being open to the inflation calculation concession, has some liberal company. Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has written on behalf of it, and notes that the Center for American Progress, as well as the late Bob Ball, a revered defender of Social Security, have also put forward plans that included it.

    She's also far from the only Democrat sending confused signals, decrying Obama's proposal while remaining open to it.

    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a longtime defender of Social Security, said Wednesday his support depends on how the proposal is packaged. "A chained CPI that's attached to Social Security, for example, that does not protect lower income, those that are just barely above the minimum in terms of what they're making in Social Security would not be something that I could support," Harkin said. He continued that such a measure should not be part of the current fiscal cliff discussion.

    But later is another matter.

    "You want to talk about chained CPI, we'll do that later when we talk about the solvency of Social Security," Harkin said.

    Others used similarly strong, but vague, language. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters Tuesday regarding members discussing the chained CPI: "They shouldn't be." But he also added that he didn't know if he'd vote against it. "I'd vote on a whole package," he said. "I very much don't like that [chained CPI]."

    Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said, "It'd be a problem for Democrats," and added that his vote would depend on the overall package.

    “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln

    by Sagebrush Bob on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 04:04:08 AM PDT

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