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  •  Hey, Warren and Franken are two of my (9+ / 0-)

    favorite Dem politicians, too.

    Heck, I don't live anywhere near Minnesota, but was a faithful listener to Al's radio program on XM radio, and contributed to his campaign on three occasions, when he ran.

    BUT, I ran across this letter to the President that Al signed a couple of years ago--saying that 'entitlements' SHOULD BE ON-THE-TABLE' DURING DEBT NEGOTIATIONS.

    Here's the entire posting from Democratic Underground, with a link to the actual bi-partisan letter from 64 Senators.

    Sherrod Brown also signed on!

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    32 Senate Democrats, along with 32 Senate Republicans (64 total), sent President Obama a letter urging him to take the reins in deficit reduction talks and negotiations.

    What concerns me the most about this letter? This paragraph:

    "Beyond FY2011 funding decisions, we urge you to engage in a broader discussion about a comprehensive deficit reduction package. Specifically, we hope that the discussion will include discretionary spending cuts, entitlement changes and tax reform."
    So basically, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are going to be "reformed" with the help of Republicans. GOD HELP US. First of all Social Security is NOT in crisis and allowing it to be "on the table" in deficit reduction talks is morally, politically and economically stupid.

    The second thing I am concerned about are some of the Senate Dems who signed this: Sherrod Brown? (Member of Sanders SS Defenders Caucus) Ben Cardin? Al Franken? John Kerry? What...the...fuck.

    Here's the full list:

    Democrats:

    John Kerry (D-MA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mark Begich (D-AK), Thomas Carper (D-DE), Mark Udall (D- CO), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jon Tester (D-MT), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Al Franken (D-MN), Mary Landrieu (D-LA) , Kent Conrad (D-ND) , Mark Warner (D-VA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Patty Murray (D-WA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

    I would urge anyone who has these people for Senators to call and complain. I can't even imagine why we are letting the Republicans own the debate on deficit reduction. Are we really going to give away our best social programs for some phony deficit crisis the Repukes cooked up? Where were they when they insisted on extending deficit-causing tax cuts for the wealthy?

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    Yes, it's dated.  But the President is still pursuing his 'Grand Bargain.'

    So we must all remain vigilant!

    Here's a link below to the actual letter (even shows each Senators' signature):

    Bipartisan Senators' Letter Supporting Putting 'Entitlements' On-The-Table

    Mollie

    "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


    hiddennplainsight

    by musiccitymollie on Fri May 10, 2013 at 09:32:55 PM PDT

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    •  The thing is, I want some "entitlement changes." (2+ / 0-)
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      Palafox, musiccitymollie

      Uncap social security so it takes in more money, and then expand the program to provide living wages for seniors.

      I think we need a major overhaul of Social Security, I do, but the opposite kind of overhaul from the one the republicans want.

      The way to beat the deficit is to do things like that. Increase the taxes we draw, increase the services, and then show how the math means that our deficits on social services are because of faulty income systems, rather than what our very lean social services spend.

      An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

      by OllieGarkey on Sat May 11, 2013 at 08:07:46 AM PDT

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