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  •  So is everyone else with an income. (6+ / 0-)

    The temporary FICA reduction in the stimulus package was designed to be just that--temporary. That is a completely different issue from dealing with the strains caused by all of the baby boomers who are now beginning to retire in some numbers.

    •  Strains caused by the baby boomers? (2+ / 0-)
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      Nah. Strains caused by the looting of our Treasury for tax breaks and useless wars--as well as by the crappy gutless way our government has been around the issues of Medicare, health care reform generally, and controlling health care costs in particular.

      And no, I don't just mean Obama; I'm talking about over the last 12-13 years. That whole Medicare part D thing was ridiculous.

      Honestly, if the government could stop engineering massive giveaways to individuals and companies that are already really REALLY rich, maybe we could pay for things that most of us agree are valuable and worth spending some money on.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 10:42:34 PM PST

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      •  Indeed, (1+ / 0-)
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        what you point out is a long-term problem, and Medicare D (D for Deficit? Debt?) was truly ridiculous.  Thank you Billy Tauzin, GWB and the GOP Congress.

        That said, Obama's problem is that, AFAIK, he never even proposed revamping Medicare D -- for example, to allow the .gov to negotiate prescription drug prices.  And that's because he made a temporarily-secret deal with Big Pharma that if they didn't oppose what became the ACA, he wouldn't push for that.

        Which, in my book, is a failure of leadership.

    •  yeah, I know. (0+ / 0-)

      I just don't see why I should be overwhelmed with pity for people who are making 1/4 million/year, when I'm trying to support 3 adults on around 120K.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 10:44:27 PM PST

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