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  •  They're just not that into us (13+ / 0-)

    When the Senate Majority Whip (MW) and personal friend of the president (he first urged Obama to run for president) is proposing CFC Lite, it's a problem.  When he starts publicly recycling the "20 year projection" canard, it's an even bigger problem.

    When the fairly regressive Greenspan Commission recommendations were adopted in 1983, those modifications were projected to ensure systematic solvency for the next 75 years.  Now, 30 years later, our MW (and his friends in the WH) are telling us that the system may become insolvent in 20 years?  What happened to the extra 25 years of projected solvency?  Has anybody tried to figure out what happened to them?  What does the now alleged inaccuracy of the prior projections say about the accuracy of present projections?  How does projecting SS solvency decades down the road differ from palm reading?

    Why is a party that isn't doing a damned thing about the objectively verifiable climate crisis so worried about future SS projections of questionable accuracy?  One doesn't have to be James Hansen to know that we're frying our home planet.  Where is the presidential commission on climate change?  Al Gore has plenty of time on his hands these days, and there has to be one ex-legislator Gooper (Olmpia Snowe ?) who still actually believes in science.

    Occam's Razor tells us that the only logical conclusion to draw here is that FIRE calls the shots w/ the Dems.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 10:54:04 AM PDT

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    •  imagine a fraction of the effort put in attacking (3+ / 0-)
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      SS was used instead on dealing with the climate crisis and fighting back by employing people all over the Country, FDR style, rebuilding and retooling the infrastructure to be one that can survive the inevitable changes from our changing climate.

      That kind of stuff doesn't even end up in official discussions about our economic situation and to my knowledge absolutely no lone member of the Democratic Party, in the entire history of Social Security, has ever tried this hard to get changes to SS, changes that always amount to cuts to its beneficiaries.

       Cuts in benefits to people in the most successful, most popular, and most needed govt. program in its history and obviously Obama's efforts to get those cuts ain't over yet.

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 02:21:55 PM PDT

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