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  •  IS SS is really on the table...and from our side?? (16+ / 0-)

    Hey, didn't we just go down this road....and weren't we told it would not happen again?!?!?

    •  Same guy who voted FOR Telecom-Immunity (4+ / 0-)
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      doesn't surprise me at all.

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      by polecat on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 10:35:51 AM PST

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    •  It is "on the table," Bailey2001. Below is the (0+ / 0-)

      link to Jay Carney verifying this on February 5th (in the Daily Press Briefing):

      MR. CARNEY:

      The President, again, in his negotiations with the Speaker of the House put forward a broad $4 trillion deficit reduction package that remains available -- the parts that haven't been acted on -- to the Speaker right now.

      So when it comes to specific plans -- again, we had this debate at the end of the year -- the specificity attached to the President’s proposal to Speaker Boehner is considerable compared to what we saw in return.  Specificity is there.  It remains available to be acted on.

      If you Google, you'll find that the proposal from last year's Lame Duck included the implementation of the Chained CPI and raising the Medicare eligibility age to Age 67.

      Look, none of the politicians, or their spokespersons, want to repeat the specifics "out loud," out of concern of a voter/citizen backlash.  That's why they constantly refer to a document, Carney does throughout this briefing.  [He always makes somewhat oblique references to the President's proposals.]

      The reason for this is that if he actually speaks the words:  "The President is asking Repubs to pass legislation which will implement a Chained CPI, and raise the Medicare eligibility age," it would make FRONT PAGE NEWS, and the MSM would have to report it. (The MSM does their best to provide "cover" for all of these negotiations, if you notice.)

      Anyway, Carney knows this.  

      So he purposefully stays away from making DIRECT references to the names of the social insurance programs.  He almost always simply says "cuts, or savings," and refers the pool reporters to "the President's written proposals," in order to avoid such headlines.

      Got a bit redundant--apologize.

      Hey, don't take my word for it--please read the Daily Briefing transcripts.  :-)


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      by musiccitymollie on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:17:17 AM PST

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