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  •  All that I see is: (3+ / 0-)
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    Dem Beans, lostinamerica, kurt
    reduce Social Security benefits by $112 billion, and reduce federal pensions and veterans' benefits by $24 billion from fiscal 2012 through 2021
    $136 billion out of our pockets and into deficit reduction, which a fiscally irresponsible Congress or White House could spend on a whim—or another war or two.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 07:16:03 PM PST

    •  And IIRC SS is supposed to be separate (2+ / 0-)
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      Dem Beans, lostinamerica

      from the general fund, meaning that they're planning to take money paid into SS and pay down the deficit with it. No?

      "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

      by sceptical observer on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 07:18:59 PM PST

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      •  Pretty much. (1+ / 0-)
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        That's been the Republican's stated objective, though they'd much rather funnel it directly in the pockets of Wall Street--this way they would be doing it indirectly, unless of course they could find another war to get into so they could funnel it directly into the pockets of their buddies in the M.I.C.

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 07:38:46 AM PST

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