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  •  I agree. I honestly don't think that "rhetoric" (19+ / 0-)

    will be the determining factor in the 2016 campaign.

    If a Grand Bargain is struck and austerity measures put into place before the next Presidential election, appeasing or mollifying the base won't be possible.

    This is particularly true if Social Security takes the hit that NYT reporter Annie Lowrey predicted on XM radio the other day.  [Just found out that she is Ezra Klein's spouse.]

    Lowrey believes that a comprehensive standalone package of "cuts" will be put forward and passed.  [She didn't specify that she was referring to Bowles-Simpson's three (3) recommended cuts, but it would only make sense that she probably was.]  They are:  means testing, raising the FRA to 69, and the least in "severity," implementing the Chained CPI in regard to COLA for all transfer programs, and to index tax brackets.

    If these three cuts go through, I can't see "all the rhetoric in the world" making any difference.

    I just hope and pray that the Dems recognize this.

    Mollie

    “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

    by musiccitymollie on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:33:40 AM PST

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