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  •  Yesterday in a meeting (4+ / 0-)
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    with House Democrat's Obama came out with his new talking points for cutting 'entitlements'. Would be worse if the Republicans do it seems to me to be what they are saying. This is just a variation on the reoccurring theme the WH has been operating on since day one of this administration.  Better Dems then Repugs, or as I hear from partisan supporters often enough here, would you rather have Romney doing the cutting? Heh? How is this even a logical argument let alone a justification for any of this manufactured ongoing austerity, debit/ deficit, Grand Betrayal insanity coming from the Democrat's?  Love the it's just being pragmatic double speak/talking point  

    President Barack Obama told House Democrats this week that it’s better to make changes to entitlement programs when a Democrat is in office rather than risk doing so under a Republican chief executive, according to two lawmakers who attended.

    “He certainly made that point; if there are going to be entitlement reforms it is better to do it with a Democratic president in office,” Andrews said. Welch said Obama “was just really being practical about this.”

    The president said that “those of us who care about Social Security and Medicare have to be the ones absolutely engaged in making sure that they are sustainable and the Democrats are committed to it, and he’s a Democratic president who is committed to it,” Welch said.

    The president’s messaging to his party was part of his effort to strike a deficit-reduction deal with Republicans -- an agreement that has eluded Obama so far. Obama this week also met separately with Senate Democrats and Republicans, and the House Republican conference........

    The president said that “those of us who care about Social Security and Medicare have to be the ones absolutely engaged in making sure that they are sustainable and the Democrats are committed to it, and he’s a Democratic president who is committed to it,” Welch said.

    What digby said
    Did you know that the Chained-CPI is actually a middle class tax hike?
    http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/...

    'So, what we have is a proposal to cut Social Security benefits to fix a projected future shortfall and it won't fix the shortfall.  Meanwhile, it will raise taxes, mostly on the middle class in a sneaky backdoor fashion but there's no mechanism to use any of the money raised to go to Social Security without changing the dedicated funding system and putting Social Security into the general budget (thus leaving it far more vulnerable to future cuts.) And interestingly, this tax increase adds up to much more than the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for those making over 400k a year. What a beautiful scam.

    Don't worry though.  If we can only gut these "entitlements" for the sick and the old we'll have vanquished the bad guys forever more and then we can do whatever we want. Right? Isn't that what the Grand Bargain promises?'

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