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  •  Good God (1+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan

    Government program fundings are adjusted upward and downward constantly sas time goes on. Changes in funding are not the same thing as dismantling programs.

    What a lame farce.

    Now that President Obama has placed the social safety net on the negotiating table
    Negotiations equal destruction?  Only a fool thinks this way. Life is not a constant. Programs are up-funded or down-funded as circumstances change. Only a fool seeks to handcuff government over adherence to such a simplistic standard.
    •  current social security benefits are not even... (9+ / 0-)

      barely adequate for a very large segment of people receiving them.  for many older folks it is their sole income and average benefits are around 15k a year.

      benefits may be adjusted up and down as you say, but when they are inadequate is not the time to talk about cutting them.

      your objection is ludicrous in light of this.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:13:49 AM PST

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      •  You describe my family (0+ / 0-)

        Yet i understand the notion of governance is more sophisticated than the word "cuts".

        According to your diary, it is reprehensible to "cut" the Big Pharma welfare program put in by Bush's prescription drug addition to Medicare.  Medicare is not allowed to negotiate any prices for prescriptions. whatever the vendor demands, Medicare has to pay. But we can't "cut" that, per this diary's philosophy, because fewer dollars will be spent through the Medicare system.


        •  i can fix that... (4+ / 0-)

          a cut is a cut in the benefit value that goes to the recipient.

          if drug prices are negotiated and the same drug is provided at a lower cost to the single payer, that is not a cut to the recipient.

          sure you can probably find some weasly way to make it look like a "cut," hell, if you can't figure out how to do it, i can show you, but your objection is not for reasonable people.

          i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

          by joe shikspack on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 10:24:37 AM PST

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