The last episode of 'The Raiders of Your Lost Retirement' celebrated yesterday's great news that PBO met with labor leaders and some progressive orgs and left them heartened about protecting Social Security ....
That news was tempered by speculation that part of the fiscal fail plan upcoming is an attack on Medicare.
Today for some reason the President will meet with a group of losers called 'Fix the Debt' which include those grand purveyors of 'let them eat catfood ' .
As the White House begins a series of meetings today on the looming "fiscal cliff," a coalition of the largest corporate firms and advocacy groups is lobbying for wide-ranging cuts in government spending, including to programs like Medicare and Social Security. The group, which includes 80 of the country’s most powerful CEOs, is called the Campaign to Fix the Debt. It was co-founded by former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, previously the co-chairs of President Obama’s bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Critics have accused the group of using the budget crisis to push for corporate tax cuts. We are joined by Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of the new report, "The CEO Campaign to 'Fix' the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks." [includes rush transcript]
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Just sickens me to see him giving this group ANY credibilty, but I know, I know, President of all the people, bipartisanism, don't panic, the President's got this, he's always had this, multi-dimensional chess FTW!!!!! Sorry, I apologize. Just frustrated.
What to do?
What's most heartening to me is to see such a difference between what groups who elected the Pres did in 2008 and now. Mobilization for traditional Dem New Deal values STRONG !
Here's an action to take today :
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