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  •  I Think What You Saw In Boener's Eye Was Fear... (3+ / 0-)
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    Did you happen to notice Eric Cantor sharpening his incisors in the background?  He was right over Boehner's left shoulder.  Some would say....breathing down his neck.

    Cantor wants Boehner's job.  They both know it.  It's his if Boehner accepts a tax hike, that's why he's stalling w/ his ridiculous "Plan B".  A new Speaker is elected January 3rd.

    Boehner has to do the kabuki.  

    •  Excuse....Make That Boehner's Eye (2+ / 0-)
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      •  One Eyed Boner (1+ / 0-)
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        The Republican Party is Simply a Coalition of Greed and Hate

        by kerplunk on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:44:57 PM PST

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      •  While I agree with your conclusion... (6+ / 0-)

        Republicans shouldn't even be part of this particular conversation. It's the Democrats and the Democrats alone who must answer for this -- if Social Security remains part of this "deal" -- which is really nothing more than yet another redistribution of wealth to those at the top. This is a scam on the American people.

        Why is Obama spending his political capital on cutting Social Security?

        We held up to our part of the bargain. It's time for the POTUS and Democrats to hold up to theirs.

        Social Security shouldn't even be mentioned in these negotiations. It wasn't part of the sequester deal. It's not part of the budget, and it's sure as hell not part of the deficit -- past or future -- in any way whatsoever. So how in the hell did it end up smack dab in the middle of these negotiations as one of Obama's concessions?

        We were told last year that so-called "entitlements" wouldn't be part of the sequester. That statement was uttered from the mouths of Democrats time after time all year long. We were told other discretionary spending would be, along with Pentagon cuts and tax hikes for the wealthy.

        So, a year later, after we gave up cuts to Head Start and the SNAP program among others; after we've all worked our asses off and donated money to reelect the president and elect more Democrats, we're supposed to believe that everything is different now; that entitlements cuts (SS cuts alone add up to $138 billion over ten years) are all of a sudden back in the game. And all those cuts (all told) need to be three or four times the number of Pentagon cuts, which are reported to be in the range of $100 billion over 10 years?

        And, just for good measure, we'll also lose the payroll-tax-cuts.

        If we're going to lose the payroll-tax-cuts anyway, and we've got to suck it up on entitlement cuts as well then why in the hell are we dealing with the Republicans at all?

        We may as well just go over the cliff. We'll lose our part of the Bush tax cuts along with the wealthy. But entitlements will be safe (for a while anyway) and the Pentagon cuts will be substantial.

        I say go over the bloody cliff. Yes, it'll be painful. But at least our collective future will be a bit more secure.

        Call the freakin' White House.

        "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

        by markthshark on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:15:18 PM PST

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