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  •  Well, yes, (36+ / 0-)

    yes that is next.  Read the transcript that I linked in my recent diary about Durbin.

    But I still think it gets down to this, and the president has said this to the Republicans: You want to do entitlement reform; I do too. I can produce entitlement reform and bring Democrats to the table, because I am a Democratic president. And so I’m ready to sit down with you and work out an approach. He is rejected.

    I have rejected the Paul Ryan approach, because I think premium support by Paul Ryan is the end of Medicare as we know it. I think there are better ways to do this and fairer ways that guarantee the long-term longevity of the Medicare program.

    What I’ve said to my liberal friends — and many of them, you can imagine, are unhappy with everything that I’ve just said — is they’re too shortsighted. If we don’t do this now with a Democratic president in the White House, what’s going to happen next? You know, how are we ever going to be – how can we guarantee we’re going to be in a better position in the future to deal with this? And if we don’t do it now, whatever we have to do becomes tougher, and bigger changes have to be made. So let’s seize this opportunity. Here’s a president who’s serious about it, who’s on our side philosophically, and now we can sit down with the Republicans and be in a stronger bargaining position.
    SEN. DURBIN: I don’t know — I don’t know about what he said in the meetings. But one tea party Republican senator came up to me after the dinner and said, you know, for the first time I think we can talk; I really think he’s honest about this. If they say that nothing focuses a mind like being hanged in the morning, when it comes to Republicans, nothing focuses the mind more than the idea of getting into Medicare. This really, to them, has been their goal in this whole deficit reduction. They want to get into Medicare, I think for good and sinister reasons, depending on your point of view. But the president clearly does not want to put Medicare and his proposals on Medicare on the table until there’s clearly a negotiating position, and it has to be a position that says everything’s on the table, including revenue. And that’s where things are stalling at the moment.

    Q: And you’re — he — his proposals go to benefits, but there are — seem like an increasing number of Democrats who are saying, in leadership positions, no benefit changes for Medicare. Do you think he could — the president could deliver if there were to be a comprehensive — he could deliver Democratic votes for benefit changes to Medicare?

    SEN. DURBIN: I think if the president comes up with a reasonable approach which ends up giving years of solvency to Medicare and endorses it, then many Democrats will come around to that position and feel the president’s sponsorship of it is what they needed to go back home and explain to the faithful that what they’re doing is not radical.

    There is more if you want to go read it.

    Medicare is what the Republicans want more than the Dems though.  Dems want to cut Social Security.  

    Durbin said that Obama is not willing to put the specific Medicare plan on the table until the Republicans agree to some revenue.  However he also said that he doesn't think they will get any revenue out of the Republicans until they do massive tax reform (which means lowering the corp tax rate et al).

    It's always a good idea to watch what the Bipartisan Policy Center (kings of catfood) to see what the future holds.  And there is another think tank that you watch for foreign policy things.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 01:03:20 PM PDT

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    •  No money? No influence. (0+ / 0-)

      "And the banks - hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created - are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place." - Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin

      Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

      by No Exit on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 07:42:45 AM PDT

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