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    fat old man, Smoh

    appreciation for intelligent conversation, not necessarily agreement.

    It seems almost 50%-50% at this point.

    But, I do not think we should fear the fiscal cliff so much we do something strategically catastrophic like accept the chained CPI to Social Security, or increased Medicare age of 67 rather than accept military reductions in sequestration.

    Howard Dean has been saying sequestration is the best deal progressives are going to get as the GOP will never ever again agree to military cuts.

    Our plan ought to include a freeze so inflation gradually reduces our bloated military spending back to historic averages for peacetime.

    There is not way we can reduce social spending enough to match the reduced tax revenue the GOP is now capping at enough to sustain military spending at this level.

    This is Ronald Reagan's and Lee Atewater's and Democrats are very close to being duped into it because in a game of chicken, whoever cares most loses.

    We have to start educating our people that a two quarter recession would be less bad then the next 100 years of reductions of Medicare, Medicare, and government pensions this "chained CPI" of Bowles-Simpson that the GOP is trying to sneak under the transom with all the smoke and mirrors.

    It is an easy way out for the President and our Democratic leadership because 95% of the population or more do not understand it.  But, they will besmirch their  historical legacy, and fracture the Democrat Party if they unnecessarily agree to such GOP tripe that is essentially using military spending to squeeze out social spending voters would never go for directly.

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

    by HoundDog on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:52:15 PM PST

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    •  I don't fear the cliff (2+ / 0-)
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      HoundDog, Smoh

      Nearly as much as most of the deals that have been proposed to avoid it.
      There is too much at stake and too many people watching for a deal to be struck now, that's why I think what will happen is mostly nothing. Congress can end the sequestration any time it wants to, and those defense cuts will hurt a lot of places so there won't be a lot of trouble getting enough Dems on board. When it becomes obvious that no deal will happen, they'll just kick the can again.

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