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  •  Thank you for noticing this! (2+ / 0-)

    it's the first thing I thought of, unfortunately. "Without a crisis", he can't "modernize" it.

    Obama has repeatedly stated that he wanted to "modernize" Social Security in a third way kind of way. But without a crisis, he can't get away with it. That makes this a set up.
    And because it's relevant to your comment, I'm commenting here further.

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    the President knew that both internationally and domestically taking either of those actions would be viewed as a gimmick
    What people "view" as a gimmick is irrelevant. The law is the law.

    The 14th Amendment is a lawful option. The platinum coin is a lawful option.

    Yet the President has already stated he won't avail lawful options at his disposal.  He is bound by the Constitution. If he won't follow it by using the tools at his disposal, tools granted by that Constitution to the President of the United States, then we've got a big problem here.

    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 03:21:48 PM PST

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    •  Now that is true (5+ / 0-)

      Gary doesn't rule out either if the other two options.  Obama did that.  He is taking on this crisis because he wants to

      Now we shall see whether he is simply calling Boehners bluff (only a clean debt limit rise gets his signature and through the Senate) or if it an excuse to cave.  This time I think it's the former actually.  Not sure why, but that is what would make sense to me.  

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 06:34:41 PM PST

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    •  It's politics. The views of the people matter (1+ / 0-)
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      What people "view" as a gimmick is irrelevant.
      If enough people view it as a gimmick, then Obama and the Democrats and the agenda we want passed will suffer greatly.  If the people view the Republicans as bringing down the government for their own selfish ends, then they will suffer.

      "But the problem with any ideology is that it gives the answer before you look at the evidence." - President Clinton

      by anonevent on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 07:04:05 PM PST

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      •  The law is the law (0+ / 0-)

        regardless of what the people think. It's not like it's hard to see that. Explained correctly, Americans would certainly understand if their President didn't want their economy to tank completely--and there were perfectly legal remedies available to him.

        If he didn't use them, and the economy tanked--say, to Depression levels--they would ask "Why didn't he do something??"

        As they should. As we all should.

        Now, if you want to make the argument that the Corporate Information Services would flog The Great Gimmick as a meme until it reached Tea-Party-like proportions, that's something else entirely.

        It is time to #Occupy Media.

        by lunachickie on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 07:17:25 PM PST

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