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  •  I don't see a lot of people influential (2+ / 0-)
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    in the White House or Congress on that list.

    I do see a lot of people influential in the Village and on Sunday morning, though.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:20:32 AM PST

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    •  Obama appointed Erskine Bowles (2+ / 0-)
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      to head up his Cat Food Commission, along with Alan Simpson.

      Unfortunately, Obama embraced the recommendations of the CFC and continues to listen to Bowles recommendations.

      Ed Rendell is another friend of the WH, a media maven who spends a lot of time on political talk shows, especially on MSNBC, promoting the Obama/Biden ticket as well as other Dem candidates the WH was backing.

      Mayor Bloomberg, co-chairman of Fix the Debt,  just helped the campaign of Robin Kelly by spending $2 million on ads to help her win the Dem primary for Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s seat.   `It appears this particular deficit hawk is helping Dems by using the issue of gun control to advance the agenda to cut SS, Medicare and Medicaid.

      It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

      by Betty Pinson on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:37:14 AM PST

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      •  I've heard this notion a few times today. (1+ / 0-)
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        There is no evidence that Bloomberg is using the gun issue to get cuts to SS, Medicare or Medicaid.  Gun reform is important to him and he has supported candidates for that issue.  

        There is also no evidence that Robin Kelly is going to go rogue on SS, Medicare or Medicaid.  I trust her a hell of a lot more than I trusted Jackson.  

        Throughout the day today I'm seeing this advanced as 'proof' of Bloomberg using gun control as a means for his 'real' agenda.  

        •  We'll see (0+ / 0-)

          Unfortunately, we probably won't find out until it's too late to do much about it.

          Bloomberg and his corporate pals at Fix The Debt, ThirdWay, etc. are clever enough to avoid leaving fingerprints.  They're masters at manipulating the machinery behind the curtain.

          It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

          by Betty Pinson on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:56:58 AM PST

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    •  Bowles, Rivlin, Rattner, Villaraigosa are (0+ / 0-)

      incredibly influential

      "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - Melissa Harris Perry

      by justmy2 on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:56:02 AM PST

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