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  •  It's not for lack of trying. (9+ / 0-)

    The problem that he has had in succeeding with that is that the Republicans don't really want to do it as much as the centrist Democrats.  Like Rendell.  You won't find any constituency in the Republican leadership for chained CPI.  It goes straight from Erskine Bowles and Ed Rendell to the president's negotiating offers, which Republicans have turned down twice now because they'd rather obsess about other things.

    •  the most ridiculous statement yet (3+ / 0-)

      the Republican's really don't want to cut social security and medicare and that's why Obama hasn't succeeded?  

      •  Yeah they want to cut it... (0+ / 0-)

        They want to get rid of it and replace it with The Ryan Plan, which is basically private accounts that would be called Social Security in name only.

        http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

        They might cringe away from privatization at the last moment if given the chance -- I don't know -- because it's pretty extreme.  Gingrich condemned it conservative social engineering.  But that's the approach they want to take.  They don't want to nickel and dime it down.  Republicans know that's political suicide for them.  They pretty much admitted it in plain spoken English last Saturday.

        So that's the spectrum of ideas they have.  Chained CPI doesn't come from that spectrum of thinking.

    •  and BTW (1+ / 0-)
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      FiredUpInCA

      you really should read the link that I provided that documents Boehner is the one who put them on the table.

      •  Yes I read it, and it linked me (0+ / 0-)

        to a roll call article from around december 10 or 16, which I read, and then I linked back to you (or I tried to...) another roll call article from December 30.  

        Here's the roll call article I tried to quote back but probably muffed.

        http://www.rollcall.com/...

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