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  •  So You're Saying..... (0+ / 0-)

    that will be Obama's platform?  He will run on extending the Bush taxcuts?  Do you seriously think he's not going to be asked about those tax cuts every single frigging minute of the entire 2012 campaign?

    I don't know why I don't feel cluster fuc*ed.  I'm elderly & on both SS & Medicare.  The last time I checked I was a lucid, highly functioning member of society.  You must know more than I about the future status of SS & Medicare.  

    •  when did you start getting SS/Medicare? (0+ / 0-)

      how long have you had them? Could you have done without them for a few years?

      •  I've Had SS for 3 Years....It's Fabulous. (3+ / 0-)
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        Shahryar, Odysseus, marty marty

        I turned 65 in September....I started Medicare the month after my birthday.  Ditto.....It's more than fabulous.

        I retired early at 60 after 25 years as a nightshift RN.  I certainly could have done without SS for a few years.  We saved 20% of each paycheck for decades.  Took it right off the top, never even missed it.  

        My husband paid into teachers pensions for 30 years.  We took one at 60 & one at 65.  We're comfortable & very grateful for SS & Medicare.  Medicare especially.....it takes the worry out of healthcare insurance for us.  

    •  I'm saying that puts him in a stronger position (2+ / 0-)
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      AAMOM, snapples

      Remember, the Rs wanted to include an extension of the Bush tax cuts in whatever deal was cut to increase the debt ceiling.
      They didn't get that.
      That leaves that issue out there, and it's an issue that cuts strongly in favor of the President and the Dems .
      The idea of tax cuts on the wealthy to help reduce the deficit is broadly popular.
      The tax cuts will expire automatically on 12/31/12 unless Congress & the President affirmatively act to extend them.
      The Rs badly want them extended.

      This gives the President and the Dems some significant leverage that they didn't have this time around.

    •  Hey it worked for him in 2008 (0+ / 0-)

      Why not try it again?

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