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  •  It's the thing that amazes me the most (8+ / 0-)

    In this entire discussion, the fact that lower- and middle-class folks have already sacrificed to Mammon, with decades of wage contraction, is not even acknowledged by the party of the People.

    All these speeches, all this grandiloquent oratory, all this arguing that Americans have to have skin in the game...the vast majority of people, from the left-most Communist through the hardest right Libertarian, are already putting thirty or forty years' worth of sacrifice in.

    And I'll tell ya, if Mr. Obama would just say that, that all Americans will have to sacrifice but 99% of us already have, his words would resonate far and wide. But what do you folks think? Will that happen? No.

    Instead, the ultra wealthy will "sacrifice" solely by their tax rates returning to Clinton-era levels...which, to you folks on this Website who might think otherwise, is not even a tax increase. And the rest of us will get to purchase chicken during our retirement years because beef will be too expensive (as a chained CPI hack put it in an interview on NPR last year).

    And that will be seen as a Grand Bargain, and it will lead to decades more suffering for everyone but the already wealthy.

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