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  •  Have had the same general reaction about Amy.... (0+ / 0-)

    She did get the endorsement of a used car dealer in her reelection bid. :)

    A mini chained CPI (say .01 vs .03) would probably be ok as it would translate into a 3% reduction after 30 years

    BUT ONLY if it includes a SS tax surcharge for those who currently earn above the earnings limit as part of the deal AND medicare premiums are frozen for beneficiaries. The current system allows premium increases which are direct immediate benefit cuts for SS recipients.

    I don't like the CPI proposal in general but if it is used to stabilize funding for the system through increased revenues and freezing medicare premiums it is a win for the middle class. I think we need to offer "cuts" that really turn into benefit increases.

    I really really like Tim Walz. He just needs a bit of reminding to do the right thing.

    Franken you can count on as a senator.

    •  Franken needs to step up and lead (1+ / 0-)
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      If they were actually trying to get a fair comprehensive deal I wouldn't be so angry about this.   I just see them offering Social Security and Medicare as chips for nothing related to the health of the programs.   If they care about the deficit they'll slash Defense.  Until they do that I don't believe the deficit has anything to do with it.   It's just capitulation to the long term Republican agenda to kill both programs and that I can never support.

      •  I agree he needs to lead (0+ / 0-)

        My point remains that we as constituents need to tell our MCs and senators what we want to have happen.

        Franken was a Harvard trained mathematician. If you give him good ideas as ways to advance the debate he has shown a willingness to carry the proverbial water.

        Personally I believe that both Senators from MN can be counted on to do the right thing to protect social insurance programs. But we need to give them the tools to do their jobs by providing reasonable and solid alternatives to bring forth to their colleagues in the Senate.

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