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  •  wyvern, respectfully, the last part sounds a (1+ / 0-)
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    Panama Pete

    bit like a progressive radio or DNC 'talking point,' LOL!  [Just kidding!]

    As you said: ". . . one of the reasons the sequester happened in the first place is because as part of his "grand bargain" with Republicans, Obama offered to cut SS & Medicare," is CORRECT.

    What killed the deal was NOT the President's refusal to cut Social Security and Medicare, it is the Republicans' refusal to put ENOUGH TAX REVENUE on-the-table, to suit the President.

    This is constantly verified by the Administration's Press Secretary, Jay Carney, in almost every Daily Press Briefing.

    Here's a link to the DKos Transcript Editors webpage so that you can read some of the many fascinating and revealing transcripts there.

    Here's a brief excerpt from, and direct link to the February 26th, 2013 Press Briefing:

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    But when it comes to entitlement reform, I would remind you, as we made clear again last week and have repeatedly since December, the President's offer to the Speaker of the House remains on the table.  That includes roughly $580 billion in revenue through tax reform -- again, short of what John Boehner said was possible, significantly short of what John Boehner said he supported back just a few short months ago.  And it includes savings from entitlement reforms -- tough choices by Democrats as part of a broad, comprehensive deficit reduction package that would include tax reform that generated revenue.

    The President has shown his commitment to entitlement reform, including the so-called superlative CPI change, as well as means-testing of Medicare benefits.

    These are -- these represent choices that are reflective of his willingness to compromise and Democrats’ willingness and interest in compromise. What we haven't seen, unfortunately, from Republican leaders is anything like that commensurate level of -- anything commensurate with that level of compromise.  

    We have not seen proposals from  -- at least comprehensive proposals from Republicans that include revenue in the way that the President's proposals include savings from both discretionary spending and entitlements.

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    Glad you asked that question.  Please don't take my word for it--follow the link and see for yourself.   ;-)

    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

    hiddennplainsight

    by musiccitymollie on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 03:04:44 PM PST

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