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  •  I reject the premise of this very stupid (10+ / 0-)

    and misleading NYT article:

    President Obama’s re-election and Democratic gains in Congress were supposed to make it easier for the party to strike a deal with Republicans to resolve the year-end fiscal crisis by providing new leverage. But they could also make it harder as empowered Democrats, including some elected on liberal platforms, resist significant changes in entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.
    I'd be hard pressed to find a "mainstream media" article more chock full of CW beltway memes about how Dems are too partisan and unyielding and the real source of the "fiscal cliff" impasse, with their annoying and unserious refusal to budge on entitlements and not be so mean about taxing the rich. Nothing in this article about how Repubs are being their usual dickish selves about tax rates and defense spending. The whole article could just as well have been penned in 1994 and published in the Weekly Standard, ghostwritten by Grover Norquist. It's a dishonest and condescending opinion piece posing as journalism.

    Tax the rich, negotiate with drug companies, pay less to providers and facilities, stimulate the economy, cut defense spending, end corporate subsidies, and there IS no deficit problem anymore. Period. STOP LYING to protect your class.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 05:07:29 AM PST

    •  No one, including the Republicans (2+ / 0-)
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      mmacdDE, ratcityreprobate

      talked about making changes to Social Security. Even the Romney/Ryan ticket barely mentioned Social Security, because it doesn't add to the deficit (and if they'd stop stealing money from it, it wouldn't add to our debt!).
      I am sick of the Village hand waving about how we must cut "entitlements" in order to grow the economy.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:45:56 AM PST

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      •  They never said it during the campaign (2+ / 0-)
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        Laconic Lib, skohayes

        when it was politically dangerous to do so. But they've certainly been saying it since then, and were saying it before. It's been at the top of the GOP agenda since the 1930's, with not a few Dems on board.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:56:28 AM PST

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