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  •  Chained CPI (5+ / 0-)
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    ferg, KingTag, slinkerwink, mmacdDE, Aspe4
    Republicans had backed down on their demand to included chained CPI in any last minute fiscal cliff deal, saying that they didn't want to appear to be holding tax cuts hostage in order to get Social Security cuts. Two weeks ago, this was something President Obama was offering—but Republicans summarily dismissed it as insufficient. Now, they are saying it they don't even want to see it happen at all. Apparently, this is what happens when Democrats call Republican bluffs.
    One factor getting the Republicans to back off the chained CPI had to be all the emails and calls they were getting from seniors in their districts. Cutting SS benefits is still the third rail even in conservative-leaning districts.
    •  I think partly that (1+ / 0-)
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      cocinero

      And partly because Obama suggested it.

      Anything he suggests is poopy, because he's a poopy head.

      And yes, I think that's exactly the level the GOP operates at.

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