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  •  I was reading Yahoo news (12+ / 0-)

    this morning. There was an article about Obama putting SS on the table. Same old shit he's been saying. Then I read the comments. Holy Shit. Everyone was talking about how they didn't want SS and Medicare messed with. Bt what was shocking was the amount of posts that were blaming the Democrats for wanting to make cuts! No shit. One poster said if you want to see SS go away vote Democrat. Then another agreed and went on about how the Dems are wanting to destroy their safety net. It makes my head hurt to think there are this many people who believe this shit.

    I don't think these posters were 'plants' either.

    "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

    by fugwb on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:38:54 PM PDT

    •  The democrats are to blame (17+ / 0-)

      if they don't put a stop to this.  I don't get it.  The dems were reelected and they continue to act - four months later - as if we are at the mercy of the rethugs.  I don't get it.  Did I say that already?  Why does the democratic party continue to be the roll-over or bend-over party?

      being mindful and keepin' it real

      by Raggedy Ann on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:57:51 PM PDT

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    •  Yahoo is a notoriously reactionary right-wing (5+ / 0-)


      If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

      by MikePhoenix on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:01:57 PM PDT

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    •  If the President had said "Forget touching Social (14+ / 0-)

      Security," and let the Republicans insist on cutting it; instead of "Well, I'm willing to cut Social Security, let's talk" would you have seen the same complaints aimed at the same Party? Doubtful, eh?

      If Republicans said every 3rd person named "Smith" should hang, we'd bargain them to every 7th. Then we'll see apologia written praising this most pragmatic compromise. There's our losing formula.

      by Jim P on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:47:49 PM PDT

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      •  If only Obama had said "No Social Security cuts!" (6+ / 0-)

        So why didn't he? What is wrong with how he sees the world?

        Why doesn't he see the righteousness of protecting Social Security and the senior citizens who depend on it to survive in some semblance of dignity? Why does he think our pensioners should take cuts to their meager subsistence payments when criminal Wall Street fatcats are rolling in the trillions of dollars in bailouts he approved?

        The political calculus is not the worst of it, I worry about the moral calculus of it.

        Eradicate magical thinking

        by Zinman on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 09:41:17 PM PDT

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        •  Obama's experience has been (0+ / 0-)

          privilege from the beginning. He is absolutely unconcerned about the "useless eaters" that somehow manage to live too long and actually expect to be repaid what they've paid into the retirement program - SS - all their working lives. Let them eat... cat food and die huddled in dark, unheated warehouses out of sight so as not to bother their younger 'betters' with pleas for mercy that might tingle someone's empathy gene for a moment or two.

          SS contributes absolutely nothing to the debt, it has no business being a bargaining chip in all-around bad faith efforts to reduce the debt. Except, of course, that there's a lot of money in that dedicated stream, it's the only stash left of labor's meager share of the national wealth they haven't stolen yet.

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