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  •  Been doing this forever (9+ / 0-)
    They do it by undermining the faith in the programs of younger people by constantly warning that the programs are in crisis and won't be there for them
    I've heard the same song and dance for nearly six decades:  "Social Security will be bankrupt ... can't depend on SS by the time you retire ...  the politicians have robbed SS ... there will be nothing left ... better start hiding it away in your mattress ... etc., etc."  All sides use it to their advantage.

    I'm not sure if we are actually believing it more now or if we've become immune from hearing the constant drumbeat.

    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

    by winsock on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 04:21:32 PM PST

    •  It's the old "divide and conquer" (1+ / 0-)
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      except it doesn't work any more, because the generational divide isn't as easy to exploit as the "Fix The Debt" conservatives want us to believe.  

      More and more people of all ages are drilling down on the web for their own answers and in this case realizing the social contracts behind Medicare and Social Security and Medicaid - that these programs are not entitlements so much as insurance programs paid for by taxpayers, intended to cover exactly the expenses they do.

      It's just that the revenues and expenses need to be balanced over time. Everyone knows that.

      And everyone knows the wealthiest among us have gotten a pretty cushy ride where taxes are concerned for the last couple decades.

      No reason that can't be adjusted a little more in favor of those most in need.

      The generational divide might well be in effect for the dinosaurs of the GOP, where no-one could blame the next generation for wanting to be let out a few blocks away from their school. Naturally they'd guess their youngers would be typical, that the rest of America's kids would be ashamed of their elders too.

      Well, it ain't so...

      "Really, GOP, please proceed." -Mark Sumner

      by Beastly Fool on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 02:32:20 PM PST

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    •  I see plenty of people on our side (0+ / 0-)

      who have bought into the idea that Social Security has been "robbed" or "raided." I try to explain to them the nature of the SS trust fun, and that its investment in treasuries rather than dollars is a feature, not a bug.

      It's unfortunate but there are a lot of well-intentioned liberals who have made the mistake of adopting conservative terminology when speaking about Social Security. But the fact is that talking about "saving" or "strengthening" the program is a tacit admission of the utterly false conservative claim that Social Security is weak and/or failing. It is not.

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