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  •  You are right. He's not Nixon. My (4+ / 0-)
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    sense is that it will be done on a pro rata basis across the board. It is sad but true that the best way to bring political pressure is to to affect the largest number of people and that includes seniors and, unfortunately, some of the most vulnerable. You can rest assured that if the Department of Health and Human Services  sends out a letter advising tens of millions of seniors that their Social Security checks are going to be reduced because of Congresses' inaction, the limit will be raised.

    Further, affiant sayeth not.

    by Gary Norton on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 03:52:56 PM PST

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    •  This suggestion just might work (1+ / 0-)
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      You can rest assured that if the Department of Health and Human Services  sends out a letter advising tens of millions of seniors that their Social Security checks are going to be reduced because of Congresses' inaction, the limit will be raised.
      Obama does have some real leverage here if he decides to use it.

      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

      by FishOutofWater on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 04:07:13 PM PST

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    •  As long as the public understands (2+ / 0-)
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      it's the Republicans in the "Congress."

    •  Theoretically He May Have The Power To Decide (2+ / 0-)
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      what gets funded and what doesn't, but I think a key question is how much choice the current accounting computer systems can in practice accomodate on short notice with no serious re-programing.  

      This is, after all, a highly PRACTICAL problem in a dimension orthogonal to all the legal theory.

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