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  •  I assume you will won't respond again (7+ / 0-)

    after being informed of the fact that you are 100% wrong.

    right, because you are a mind-reader (0+ / 0-)

    Like the rest of these people giving the president grief over something that HASN'T happened, and wasn't announced.  Have you heard it from the presiden't mouth?  because I guess I missed that one....

    by cpetty08 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 03:11:22 PM EST

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         Yes...did you not watch the Press Conference? (2+ / 0-)

        Did you not watch yesterday's press briefing by the WH spokesman?

        You did miss it....too bad for you...but now that you know, let me guess...you have a new excuse?

         

     MR. CARNEY:  -- part of his -- if I could please answer Sam’s question, I’d appreciate it.  And the President did include it in his counterproposal, his counteroffer, as part of this process, as part of the negotiation process. I would note that this is a technical change -- would be if instated -- to the way that economists calculate inflation, and it would affect every program that has -- that uses the CPI in its calculations.  And so it’s not directed at one particular program; it would affect every program that uses CPI.  There are also -- as part of the President’s proposals, he would make sure that the most vulnerable were exempted out from this change.

            But let’s be clear, this is something that the Republicans have asked for, and as part of an effort to find common ground with the Republicans, the President has agreed to put this in his proposal -- agreed to have this as part of a broad deficit reduction package that includes asking the wealthiest to pay more so that we can achieve the kind of revenue targets that are necessary for a balanced approach to deficit reduction.

            Q    Right, but there’s a lot -- again, my question was there’s a lot of people who voted for these lawmakers on a promise that --

                 MR. CARNEY:  You heard the President say every time he talked about this --

                 Q    Can I finish my question?

                 MR. CARNEY:  Sure, yes.

                 Q    A lot of people -- I’ll let you answer -- a lot of people voted for these lawmakers for reelection not too long ago on a promise that Social Security wouldn’t be touched, and if it was touched, it would be done separately from these fiscal cliff negotiations.  What do those people -- what are these people now supposed to believe about the promises that their lawmakers made, including the President?

                 MR. CARNEY:  Let me again make clear two things.  One, the President has always said as part of this process when we’re talking about the spending cuts side of this that it would require tough choices by both sides.  And that is certainly the case if you want to reach an agreement.

            Secondly, this is a technical adjustment that supporters of it and economists -- outside economists say is meant to make the government’s estimates of inflation more accurate.  Thirdly, as part of the President’s proposal, there is a clause that would protect vulnerable communities including the very elderly when it comes to Social Security recipients.

                 So there’s no question that it represents an effort to compromise, but it is also not -- this is a technical adjustment that economists believe is about getting the proper measure of inflation, and it is one sought by Republicans.

            So, again, we’re not going to get everything we want.  We knew that the President’s proposal that he put forward to the super committee that we put forward in the beginning of these negotiations would not pass unchanged.  But I think your question demonstrates the absolute fact that the President has shown enormous good faith in trying to reach a compromise here.  And it would be shocking if Republicans passed up this opportunity for what they say they seek, which is significant deficit reduction, significant spending cuts, simply to protect those just shy of being millionaires from having to pay a dime extra in income taxes.

       time for new talking points...whereever you are getting them from...tell them the are old, stale, and making you look foolish

        "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - Melissa Harris Perry

        by justmy2 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 03:38:56 PM EST

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             Heh (0+ / 0-)

            notice the criquets in response to this comment?

            by kos on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 06:15:09 PM EST

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    "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - Melissa Harris Perry

    by justmy2 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 01:21:35 PM PST

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    •  that is so funny, the master of the saying a lot (0+ / 0-)

      of words, and in the end, you don't know what the heck he meant.

      Kinda Sara Palinish in a way, but maybe more confusing.

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 03:41:51 PM PST

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