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  •  Trumka says he's feeling confident about Obama (13+ / 0-)

    http://www.salon.com/...

    This interview is from today:

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    Trumka said the AFL-CIO isn’t wasting any time: Last Thursday it held 100-plus local events to push members of Congress not to back a regressive “Grand Bargain.”

    “If any bipartisan deal includes cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, or extends the Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent,” Trumka pledged, “we will oppose it.” Asked about “chained CPI” – a way to slow Social Security’s growth that Sen. Bernie Sanders has warned could be part of a bipartisan deal – Trumka said, “That is definitely a cut to Social Security benefits.” Asked if he’s confident Obama would hold the line against cutting social insurance or extending all of the Bush tax cuts, Trumka answered, “I think so. He’s been pretty clear about that.” (In a September MSNBC appearance, top Obama adviser David Axelrod mentioned both “raise the cap” and “adjust the growth of the program” as elements of a Social Security “discussion worth having.”)

    Trumka said he was concerned when Obama asserted in the first presidential debate that his position on Social Security was “somewhat similar” to Romney’s. Afterward, said Trumka, “his whole team scrambled to say he misspoke, and hopefully he misspoke. Because Romney wanted to privatize Social Security and voucherize Medicare and Medicaid. I don’t think that’s the president’s position. And I can tell you something: If it were, we’d oppose it just as strenuously as if Mitt Romney proposed it.”

    Just saw this. Thought it was interesting. Trumka says the President has been clear enough about his views for Trumka to feel confident about Obama holding the line against the GOP here.

    Just wanted to share this.

    •  !@#$%& awesome (9+ / 0-)

      thanks for that!

      Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

      by Cedwyn on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:06:19 AM PST

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    •  Confident? (0+ / 0-)

      This does not sound like someone who is confident he knows what the President will offer.

      his whole team scrambled to say he misspoke, and hopefully he misspoke.  Because Romney wanted to privatize Social Security and voucherize Medicare and Medicaid. I don’t think that’s the president’s position. And I can tell you something: If it were, we’d oppose it just as strenuously as if Mitt Romney proposed it.”
      This sounds like someone who got a respectful hearing, but no commitment that his position is markedly different from Romney's.

      Look, any one who says they can guarantee these cuts are not on the table are making it up and clearly have not been paying attention.

      This has been a golden age for confirmation bias. - David Brooks

      by Mindful Nature on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 11:50:13 AM PST

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