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  •  you are mixing apples and oranges (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCalSal

    I bold what's in Simpson-Bowles because it's the stuff that is NOT being talked about with regard to S-B that is of interest. The unbolded stuff ids talked about all the time (and note it's not ranked by usefulness.)

    It is helpful information, especially point #1 about S-B recommending waiting on Medicare discussion.

    That's the apples.

    You are talking about oranges: current fiscal cliff discussions as to what will happen. We do not know how that will pan out but here's what we do know:

    • Privatizing Medicare is not on the table for discussion because elections have consequences and Paul Ryan lost.
    • The tax cuts expire if nothing is done.

    As to what happens next, you don't know because no one knows.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:49:37 AM PST

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    •  Oh they know (1+ / 0-)
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      vigilant meerkat

      They just aren't saying because they don't want opposition until it is too late.  

      •  no, they don't know (1+ / 0-)
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        SoCalSal

        they'd only know if Ds control both houses.

        Not a bad thing you're asking for, mind you. ;-)

        But you're demanding something that doesn't yet exist, which is why you haven't gotten it, nor will you prior to serious negotiations.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:09:10 AM PST

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