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  •  Anna... I don't think the Republicans (3+ / 0-)

    really WANT IT.  Look at how fast they came out to say this is no longer on the table.  They didn't say it like they were defeated, and they didn't say it like, oh, those irresponsible Democrats, they took this off the table, damn them.  They just said, it's off the table.  And they said it with visible relief.  

    They should be relieved.  Nobody wants to take responsibility for being the guy who cut people's social security checks, even just a little.  Not most Republicans, not most Democrats.  Even the most anti-SS of the Republicans didn't want this -- they want the Ryan Plan.

    The real pressure for this is coming from centrist Democrats, people like Ed Rendell and Corey Booker and Harold Ford and Kent Conrad and Erskine Bowles, and quite a few more, I suspect we'll see, because the big donors of the Democratic Party think that our problems can be solved if the old people just stop being greedy and "share the sacrifice."

    And let's none of us forget that about three months ago, Ezra Klein reported that the Whitehouse was talking about replacing Tim Geithner with Erskine Bowles after Geithner leaves.  

    These guys are more powerful than we are, certainly on a "per capita" basis, because they are so few and yet so damned powerful and persistent at this and do most of their dirty work behind the scenes.

    •  Obama is (0+ / 0-)

      smarter than they are.  They are certainly willing to burn the house down rather than pay their own expenses, so it's lucky we have a smart negotiator.  

      "oh no, not four more years of hope and change?" Karl Christian Rove

      by anna shane on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 12:34:33 PM PST

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