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  •  Bingo (11+ / 0-)
    The GOP wants huge cuts in Social Security benefits, Medicare benefits and Medicaide benefits.  They want to gut or cripple most of the federal goverment with huge draconian spending cuts that would again hurt the poor and middle class.
    Worse yet, the GOP wants President Obama and the Democrats to spell out the cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid rather than do it themselves which we can then use against them.

    Last night I spend a couple of hours on RedState and was surprised to see the number of them backing down from this fight and suggesting instead the GOP should just give Democrats the middle class tax cut and go home, and let the economy crash.

    They know that if they jump up to get specific and push a $trillion of entitlement cuts they will get slaughtered in the 2014 and 2016 polls.

    BTW if we have any cuts to government spending it should come in the form of cuts to military spending.

    President Obama and House Minority Leader Pelosi have found the right angle -- focus attention on the Democrats trying to pass the middle class tax cuts over GOP obstruction -- highlighting that the Bush tax cuts are going to expire.  

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 10:08:37 AM PST

    •  The cynism of the American right (4+ / 0-)

      is both amazing and disgusting

    •  All GOP actions come down to, at this point, (2+ / 0-)
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      MBramble, historys mysteries

      privatizing every dollar they can out of government coffers.  It's what they do.  Health care (don't forget ACA was a Republican plan that certainly has a giveaway to insurance companies in new customers components) - defense contractors (massive government moochers, wouldn't exist otherwise) - Education school vouchers for private schools -

      The goal with privatizing SS is obviously to put the last remaining big hunks of federal money in the hands of Wall Street to profit from off fees.

      Privatize to profitize - it's behind every single thing the business wing of the GOP does.  And they just enlist the crazy wingnuts for votes, as they are too stupid to understand they are giving their money to the GOP, too.

      "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

      by mumtaznepal on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 11:59:09 AM PST

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