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  •  I don't feel betrayed (0+ / 0-)

    The lobbying system is what's putting a strange hold on this process.  If it didn't have such a strange hold, guess what?  Democrats would be winning elections a lot easier and we wouldn't even be in this business of having to fight these seemingly endless battles against the GOP.

    I mean, yes, Social Security cuts are terrible and as a progressive Democrat from Berkeley, California, I'm always going to fight against chained CPI and anything else that cuts Social Security.  I may be coming from a different profession or industry than you are but I also recognize that I also have IRAs, 401k accounts, mutual funds, etc.  Those are an opinion but of course, Social Security is the ultimate safety net for all Americans that prevents a lot of poverty.

    And a point to make:  The cuts have not been done yet so there's still fighting power to be done.  President Obama can present his budget but the House and Senate needs to still vote on it.  That's what's known as checks and balances.

    I hope you're not listening to Jill Stein here.  There are lots of Democrats inside Congress and outside of Congress who are going to support you.  The AARP is 100% against chained CPI.

    In addition, the AFL-CIO is 100% against the Chained CPI so that's a large percentage of union representatives (who the Democrats depend on a lot for votes) that any Democratic Congressman/Congresswoman or Senator will feel the wrath off and get defeated for re-election if say they vote for the budget as it contains chained CPI.  Keep in mind also we're dealing with a divided Congress where the GOP has the control over the House of Representatives

    And you might as well start calling the White House and vent your frustration there so they hear an additional voice, rather than spending time on Daily Kos.  Every additional angry constituent needs to be heard by the White House:

    Comments: 202-456-1111
    Switchboard: 202-456-1414

    You can also contact Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Office Line:  (202) 224-3542

    Or Dick Durbin's Office Line:  (202) 224-2152

    Or Nancy Pelosi's Office Line:  (202) 225-4965


    •  A Berkeley Progressive is a bit of cliche (1+ / 0-)
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      And one with 401K, IRA's and mutual funds too.  

      You might want to seek out a waitress in Stockton or somewhere and see how losing $650 a year in Social Security benefits is going to work out.

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