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  •  short term gain, long term pain (6+ / 0-)

    Seems to be the negotiating strategy of this administration.

    The Republicans get permanent cuts in Social Security.

    We get a temporary extension of UI (which would normally be extended without any concessions for any other administration.)

    •  Precisely, on a net present value basis, the cuts. (5+ / 0-)
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      ferg, Brown Thrasher, zaka1, PhilJD, allenjo

      ..to Social Security are far more devastating than the upside from unemployment insurance.

      It's 200B over ten years vs 15B over 1 year.

      It's a no-brainer.

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      by PatriciaVa on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 03:47:11 PM PST

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      •  Not a no brainer (0+ / 0-)

        if your unemployment is running out and you have a family.

        Look, I agree that Obama should never have proposed the SS cuts, especially at this stage of the negotiations, but 2 million people and their families are a lot of hostages (not to mention that the economy would be depressed by that alone).

        I do think Obama needs to take the case to the country, and make it clear in a national speech that Republicans are using a phony crisis to tear down the programs that people love in order to keep taxes low on the wealthy

        Frankly, I don't know what Obama should do in the end, but I don't think the Unemployment extension should be overlooked as a factor.

        The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

        by Upper West on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 12:46:49 PM PST

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