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  •  2laneIA, regarding the statement (2+ / 0-)
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    ""I flat guarantee" no changes to Social Security."

    That statement was walked back on the Sunday following Biden's statement earlier that week (Tuesday) in the Virginia diner. Here's an excerpt from the AP piece, walking back his statement:

    Last week, Vice President Joe Biden made a more sweeping guarantee during a campaign swing in southern Virginia, telling a customer at a diner that Social Security will not be changed.

    "I guarantee you, flat guarantee you, there will be no changes in Social Security," Biden told the customer, according to a White House pool report. "I flat guarantee you."

    A Biden adviser said later the vice president was merely reassuring the woman that her benefits would not be changed. The adviser spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.

    I'm not sure why that didn't get picked up more widely.  I saw it about a week after the piece was written.  So I'm not surprised that it has been reported that the Administration is poised "to trade 'cuts' for revenue."

    Here's the link to the piece.

    The article title is:  Dems Slam Ryan Over Social Security Privatization.  The three paragraphs are buried at the bottom of the article, paragraphs 18, 19 and 20 out of 23 paragraphs, LOL!

    Come to think of it, maybe that's why! :-)  


    “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 Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 12:54:51 PM PST

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    •  Thanks. Link saved. (2+ / 0-)
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      I did wonder about that, because in the original reporting it was mentioned that all the people in the diner were older.  Of course chained CPI would affect them too, so he would have to have meant raising the age or reducing benefits long term.  Since it's Biden I'm sure he knows exactly what the impact of chained CPI is.  

      He said all the right things when campaigning in Iowa.  Fix Social Security by raising the earnings cap.  He would protect veterans benefits above all else. He understood the struggles of working people.  Etc.  But if he helps to cut a deal with chained CPI in it, it hurts elderly now and in the future, as well as disabled people, including veterans.  In which case, I will be inquiring how Martin O'Malley or Brian Schweitzer would deal with such issues.

      •  You're welcome. I didn't think of O'Malley or (2+ / 0-)
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        Schweitzer when replying to another commenter earlier.

        So, thanks for jogging my memory.  I'd have to check out some of their policy positions a bit closer, but generally-speaking, I have a favorable impression of them both.


        “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 Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 02:09:50 PM PST

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        •  Schweitzer came to the 2008 Tom Harkin Steak Fry (1+ / 0-)
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          and gave a barnburner of a speech in the worst weather he could have had.  But.  He supports the Keystone Pipeline, which is a major reason why I recycled the Schweitzer signs I saved from that event.  O'Malley is unprepossessing on TV, but maybe he'll get better.  I really don't know what I think about either of them.  Regarding Biden, I feel a sense of betrayal.  Maybe that is unfair, but I would need to hear from him directly why not.  And in Iowa, he may have to respond to me directly.  Markos can grouse about Iowa, but we do put the hopefuls on the barbie.

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