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The phrase for today's drinking game is "balanced approach". The media and political mockingbirds are up early and this is obviously todays talking point. A Balanced Approach, for those of you who don't know, combines "revenues and cuts to entitlements" - that's how it's being defined, even by DEMOCRATS like David Axlerod and Melody Barnes on Morning Joe today.

Yes, everyone "cuts to entitlements" is now boldy out there - not the namby pamby "reforms" or "adjustments" but plain old vanilla "cuts". They've danced around the issue long enough and now it's time for Americans to "make the hard choices" and screw over the old, the poor and the ill.

Please notice how in the Medicare discussions you will never hear anyone in a position of actual power and influence  advocate for negotiating the costs of drugs in Medicare which would save Americans billions and whose "pain" would be to reduce the profits of an industry raking in billions and billions of dollars. NO, it's much more responsible to push for the "superlative" CPI (known formerly as "chained" CPI) as a nice moderate balanced way to take food out the mouths of the poorest among us.

Who IS out there in positions of power and influence advocating for common sense, decency, proportion, and social justice? Where is the true fiscal responsibilty, in which the pain is primarily allocated for those who have abundant resources to compensate for cuts or increases, which in the grand scheme are negligible to them? Who believes that starving an elederly person and eliminating a tax deduction for corporate jets are commensurate sacrifices?

Who are our champions? Are they in the White House? Are they Democrats? Where are they?

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 04:50:48 AM PST

  •  Drinking game? (10+ / 0-)

    either I or my television would be dead if I turn it on this morning.

  •  Our champions (7+ / 0-)

    Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Allen Grayson?

    Otherwise, it's pretty much a two-party, one-minded austerity brigade.

    Balanced Approach is the new Shared Responsibility.

    You see, we're much there as far as a fair, healthy economy goes. Now all we need is to close a couple of easily replaceable tax loopholes and cut the safety net. Fair and balanced.

    When 1% take 121% of the gains from "recovery", people actually recovering from lost employment are trading down on wages and benefits. Current strategies by moderates don't even consider winning the Class War.

    by Words In Action on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 05:33:07 AM PST

    •  Yes, we're pretty much down to counting the (7+ / 0-)

      champions on one hand.

      The entire Congessional Progressive Caucus seems to be MIA.

      “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 05:47:50 AM PST

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      •  This is not your grandfather's democratic "party" (0+ / 0-)

        how sad is that?

        I made a comment yesterday on my "heroes" left, Bernie Sanders, Barbara Lee and said 1 or 2 others, as on the top of my head just couldn't think of any.

        This is not your grandfather's democratic "party."

        There is a party going on, but we are not invited, we are only the kitchen help for set-up and clean-up.

        This morning I watched the news on the meeting  yesterday at the White House, all those big limos pulling up, and that filled with angst.

        A country so out of balance, sold out by congress to corporate rule, beholden to the MIC, the war profiteers.

        "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

        by allenjo on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 05:29:06 AM PST

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  •  heh, i sent email to my legislators a while ago... (11+ / 0-)

    it was pretty simple. it said, "i will never vote for a politician who misrepresents my interests by voting to cut my earned social security or medicare benefits.  in fact, should a politician do so, i will do everything in my power to make certain that no voter that i know will ever vote for such a bad representative again, either."

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 05:33:44 AM PST

  •  That very phrase (4+ / 0-)
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    inspired a rant of mine from a couple of weeks ago (which blew my mind when it ended up on the rec list)

    Awk! Balanced Approach! Chained CPI! BWAAAAAAAK!
    Yeah, who? The President? On my side?  Did I hear you say YES? BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZT! Hello, McFly, there ain't nobody in there, is there??

    I'm not turning my telly on today. At all. Fuck 'em, I can't afford their overpriced corporate bullshit airwaves anyway. They're about history in this house, except for the innertubez...

    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 05:57:25 AM PST

    •  I don't know how anyone can hear that phrase (3+ / 0-)
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      gulfgal98, Oaktown Girl, allenjo

      without running screaming to a darkened room in which to lie quietly with a damp cloth on one's face.

      The approach is balanced in that the pain is distributed equally among the poor, the old, the ill, the unemployed, and the working and middle classes.

      To the politicians, an Unbalanced Approach would be one which would protect, preserve and even enlarge the safety nets while taxing the wealthy commensurate with their actual incomes regardless of the source. It's Unbalanced because if anyone actually suggested disrupting the rich and corporate donor gravy train, they would be met with blank stares and "That's crazy!".

      (I don't remember your diary, but perhaps it permeated my subconscious and this is the My-Sweet-Lord -Ack!- Balanced-Appraoch Diary.)

      “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:14:57 AM PST

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      •  Every day (5+ / 0-)

        when I wake up and read more and more about this crap, I wonder what country am I living in?  The idea that our President fully supports shredding the safety net is appalling to me.  What is even more appalling is how 2/3 of the members of the so called Progressive Caucus are blandly going along with this heartless cruelty toward our most vulnerable citizens.  And the end result will do absolutely nothing to strengthen our economy either.  It is cruelty for the sake of greed.  How these people (from the President on down) can sleep at night or look themselves in the mirror in the morning is beyond me.  What is happening is purely pathological  and so what if there is widespread collateral damage to the masses?  They honestly do NOT care.

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:52:31 AM PST

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        •  Me too. I know there are lots of us who feel this (2+ / 0-)
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          way. How did we end up with this version of the Democratic Party?  It reminds me of the Bette Davis movie where one twin drowns in a rowboat and the other twin takes over her life, only in that movie the bad twin dies and the good twin survived and that doesn't seem to be the scenario with the Democratic Party - the good twin died and the bad one took over.

          The Democrats have been lucky that the Republicans have morphed into Tea Party lunatics since it means their own transformation into the DLC Third Way Fix the Debt What Used to Be Republicans gets masked.

          If the Republicans ever succeed in running a non Tea Party endorsed candidate again, like Chris Christie, the average voter will be hard pressed to find the real points of differentiation plus they will be blaming Democrats for 8 years of Recession. The result of Democrats turning their backs on the 99% will be the re-animation of the Republican Party, prematurely declared dead in our current situation. What would avoid this? Democrats deciding to act like Democrats.
           

          “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

          by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 07:13:47 AM PST

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  •  My outrage extends from top to bottom ballot (3+ / 0-)
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    gulfgal98, Victor Ward, Oaktown Girl

    I just plain will not vote for any candidate from any party that "cuts entitlements".  Nope.  I know it's going to be hard finding enough wacky 3rd party folks to fill the ballot but I'll do my best.  

    The VERY LAST thing I want the Democrats to do is to cut entitlements.  Absolutely the very last thing.  

    And it outrages me that they want to cut the income of old women on Social Security in order to fund "Defense" i.e., war (if they gave a damn about defending us they sure wouldn't be sticking it to 100 year old women).  

    I've had it.  This is the last straw.

    •  greenbell, (2+ / 0-)
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      Victor Ward, Oaktown Girl

      your comment(s) so clearly reflect my own feelings and you articulate them much better than I can.  Thanks.

      "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

      by gulfgal98 on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:54:50 AM PST

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