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Now that Democratic Majority Whip Dick Durbin has said that Social Security doesn't add a penny to the deficit and has basically joined Majority Leader Harry Reid's call to "not mess with Social Security", it is vital for the middle class for President Obama to publicly say that Social Security is off the table.   We also need a public commitment from the President that the promise of our earned benefit Medicare will not be broken, and that he will not accept raising the eligibility age nor any cuts to beneficiaries.   It would be nice to hear him talk about Medicare being able to negotiate for drug prices to cut costs but it is more important that the Fix the Debt confidence men do not get their way.   It's time that we stuff the fact that our earned benefits Social Security and Medicare are not going to up to the whim of gluttonous, self-important Villagers who make a living by brown-nosing Wall Street and K Street.   And we need to let the President know that Medicaid is a crucial part of the safety net and those protected by the safety net have sacrificed enough for this country.   It's time that Wall Street to pay to fix the mess that they made.

K.I.S.S(Keep It Super Simple) Talking Points
  • Cutting earned benefits was not why I voted for Obama.   Romney/Ryan were clear that they wanted to, so I didn't vote for them.  
  • The President needs to make a public statement that Social Security is off the table for the fiscal slope.  I want to know that he'll veto anything that cuts Social Security benefits.   A Chained CPI is a benefit cut.   I don't want President Obama to be remembered as "the President who destroyed the promise of Social Security".  
  •  The President has to make a red line on the earned benefit Medicare.   No benefit cuts to Medicare period.   Veto any benefit cuts to Medicare.   Raising the eligibility age is a cruel thing and it is a benefit cut.
  •  The President should make clear that Medicaid is not on the table either.   The working poor and the Middle Class have sacrificed enough in the last four years.   Wall Street trashed the hotel room, and now they have to pay for it.
  • I support the President's $1.6 Trillion plan to make the wealthiest pay their fair share.  I will back up the President 100% on this
  • Be sure to thank the White House for listening to your concerns

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Let's make sure that we use the correct frame for the Big 3.  They are Earned Benefits because we pay into them and we have earned them when we retire.   Let's make sure that it's understood that Wall Street acts Entitled when they don't want to pay for the cost of what the Great Recession did to this country.   They trashed the hotel room, and they need to pay the bill.   I would also love for people to call the Villagers "leeches" or some other parasitic name for the nature of their true function in Washington and that they gave up their right to be respected as journalists a long time ago.

For the phone numbers and e-mail of the Gang Of Eight, check this previous diary: http://www.dailykos.com/...

For Patty Murray's(who will be the next Budget chair) phone numbers and e-mail form, check this diary:
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Originally posted to pistolSO on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:19 AM PST.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  I'm in. We have to keep pushing on this issue. Thx (5+ / 0-)

    This issue and jobs are what Americans voted for.

    We deserve to have our government deal with the concerns of We the People, not Big Money.

    And we need it now. Right Now.

    Life is a school, love is the lesson.

    by means are the ends on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:01:56 AM PST

  •  Negotiations in public are less effective (1+ / 0-)
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    VClib

    Public negotiations are best when you want to avoid having a deal.

    Congressional leaders and the White House should negotiate in private, then make their agreement public.

    When negotiating in public one needs to negotiate not only with the other side, but with your own side, especially the most extreme and vocal of your own side.    This makes it far more difficult for a deal to be constructed that both sides can accept.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:20:14 AM PST

    •  Negotiating in private is a horrible idea. (3+ / 0-)
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      pistolSO, OleHippieChick, NoMoreLies

      These politicians work for us. Not the army of corporate lobbyists (legalized bribers) waiting around every corner in DC.

      In fact, there doesn't need to be a deal. Wait till January 1st for the new congress, because they'll be accountable for their votes (unlike during the lame duck session). I don't want sellout scumbags like Joe Lieberman having a voice in these negotiations.

      The Grand Bargain must be stopped at all costs to protect the 99%.

      by cybrestrike on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 10:12:52 AM PST

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  •  Jump! (2+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick, NoMoreLies

    It's not a cliff.

    Call their bluff.

    I simply don't see any need to "bargain" when you hold all the cards. For what? "Comity?" For fuck's sake - we're lucky to get sanity out of them most of the time.

    "Negotiate" when the right-wing's feathers are thoroughly clipped and they finally realize that they lost.

    They haven't admitted it to themselves yet. Take Boehner's offer to "renegotiate" the affordable care act for instance.

    They lost. Rejected. They need to get used to it.

    Maybe one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 09:59:27 AM PST

  •  I emailed my entire state delegation. (2+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO, NoMoreLies

    Even that sociopath Marco Rubio about cutting benefits.

    I ignored the President. This fight is in Congress' hands. And all past indicators have demonstrated that the President does intend to do anything to make a deal happen, even cutting the Big 3 to do so. He put SS on the table during the debt ceiling debacle and he put deficit reduction via austerity ahead of any actual recovery for the 99%. I don't trust him or his economic team.

    Austerity has never worked during a depression. Anyone who believes that should pick up a history book or should find new economic advisors. Yet this manufactured crisis is spun up so the 1% can continue their pillaging of the rest of us.

    The Grand Bargain must be stopped at all costs to protect the 99%.

    by cybrestrike on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 10:06:20 AM PST

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