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  •  I think Obama makes a very good... (6+ / 0-)

    ... Republican president.

    He was talking like a Republican and mentioning "fixing Social Security and Medicare" before the '08 election, and he has periodically mentioned "fixing Social Security and Medicaid" or "doing something about entitlement programs" [good Repub-speak, letting them define the agenda] throughout his first term.

    Now that he has been re-elected, he continues to do exactly what the Repukes want him to do.

    The last line of defense is our Congress Critters.  Obama has already betrayed us and they haven't even made a final deal yet.

    So, will our Congress Critters - including those Democrats who have mentioned "fixing Social Security and medicare" or "doing something about entitlement programs" also betray us...???  Just like they did when they took our rights away with the Patriot Act, MCA '06 & MCA '09, FISA fiasco '08, and allowed Dumbya's 'office of faith-based initiatives' stay in place and run through the White House...???

    Corporations, Big Banks, and Casino Wall Street have already taken over or want to take over major chunks of our government.  It does not look like anyone in Congress or the executive or judicial branches wants to stop them.

    THEN what?

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 01:20:58 PM PST

    •  Not on the tax issue (1+ / 0-)
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    •  I Call Him Conservative Not Republican. (2+ / 0-)
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      assyrian64, The Hamlet

      I think it's an important point because referring to him as Republican support the both-sides-the-same meme and they're still miles apart.

      Obama and most conservadems as far as I can tell support a significant government promotion of the general welfare, as do conservatives around the world, though they're obviously willing to wind it down.

      The Republicans oppose the very concept, they've become libertarian on that issue.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 01:35:41 PM PST

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      •  Either way... (3+ / 0-)
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        mrkvica, RainyDay, DarkestHour

        ... "fixing Social Security and/or Medicare" with the current proposals means both disabled people and senior citizens are screwed.

        There's a 1.7% COLA for Soc Sec expected next year..., but the Medicare Parts A & B premiums that are deducted before the money is deposited in one's account is expected to rise by 5% (no word yet on price hikes for Medicare Part D, corporate prescription insurance we were forced to buy under Dumbya, but I'm guessing they'll go up), which is considerably more than the amount of the Soc Sec COLA, so even less money will be available for disabled or seniors to spend on food or medicine.

        [As a senior citizen my only income is Social Security, and I have Medicare.  When one has a very limited income, one pays attention to even small amounts which can make a huge difference.]

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 02:26:02 PM PST

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