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  •  President Obama has never said, unambiguously,... (9+ / 0-)

    and clearly, that he intends to protect folks' Social Security and Medicare against any cuts.

    Those programs are not part of the sequester. If they were, then this controversy would've lasted 1 week:

    I'm on Medicare. What happens to my benefits?
    Good news. No change in Medicare benefits, including Part D low-income premium and cost-sharing subsidies and catastrophic subsidy payments.


    Will anything happen to my Social Security payments?
    No worries here either. Social Security and disability payments were exempt from the budget cuts. On the other hand, the Social Security Administration might reduce services to the public, close some offices and watch its already epic backlog of disability claims grow even bigger.


    While not part of the sequester, they are in the crosshairs for any compromise. The GOP, at a minimum, demands they be cut.

    If President Obama stood unambiguously in defense of them, and called out the GOP's desire to slash them, I think he'd win.

    Why doesn't he?

    •  He doesn't because he wants to cut them. (2+ / 0-)
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      tardis10, HCKAD

      His actions for years have shown that.  He appointed Social Security haters to head the deficit commission.

      Chained CPI has now become Superlative CPI.  He wants to cut our entitlement programs because cutting the military is apparently too far out of the realm and raising more money via a transaction tax on Wall Street, excess wealth, or unearned income.

      He's a Wall Street Democrat, socially liberal (sorta, kinda) and whatever Wall Street wants for everything else.  Coming soon, war with Iran.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:28:04 PM PDT

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