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View Diary: Why Aren't We Talking About EXPANDING Social Security and Medicare? (273 comments)

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  •  Yet, we still hear the conservatives complaining (5+ / 0-)

    that "the majority" of people don't want Obamacare and the like, without being challenged on those supposed facts  by the media who are beholden to their appearances for the sake of ratings. Even the least bad of the talking heads can't rake Grover Norquist or John McCain or one of their minions over the coals and expect him to return for more of the same. Add to that organizations like FOX News, and Houston, we have a problem.

    “Social Security has nothing to do with balancing a budget or erasing or lowering the deficit.” -- Ronald Reagan, 1984 debate with Walter Mondale

    by RJDixon74135 on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 04:40:18 AM PST

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    •  Well if we as Democrats actually proposed (9+ / 0-)

      some far reaching and radical proposals and fought for them and not allowed ourselves to be shouted down by the other side and kept fighting instead of settling for third best or fourth best we might be able to make ourselves felt. But many time we are accused of being Obama haters, even though we donated and volunteered in multiple campaigns (for me it goes back to his Senate primary in 04). To disagree with the President is not an act of betrayal, if your disagreement is public. And if there is a purity test for Democrats, well we turn into Republicans. Who have been very good at getting what they want. They got their tax cuts, they emasculated health care reform, they prevented Obama from appointing judges in a way that Democrats would never have dared to do to Bush. Obama is seen by a large number of people as illegimate, and an outsider who is some kind of Marxist revolutionary. And we on the left are begging the President to be a little more like LBJ on social issues.

      How did Ayn Rand supplant FDR as America's leading political thinker? Because we progressives stopped fighting in the 70s to expand upon the New Deal. And we sat back and watched Reagan happen. And now we have a Democratic President more likely to quote Reagan than FDR. So in many ways we ourselves to blame for allowing things to get this bad.

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