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  •  The only real answer is creating Jobs. (7+ / 0-)

    You know, that thing which a) takes people off the safety-net expense sheet, b) increases revenues.

    The projections having social security a money-loser assume a 20-year recession. Mind you, I'm not saying the Very Serious People aren't entirely behind that, for how else can we drive down wages so we can compete with slave-labor in the global marketplace?

    Further, raising the cap solves the issue right there. To do that we'd have to have a Democratic House, but it's impossible to get a Democratic House if you are sticking your thumb in the eyes of voters. They're inclined to notice they're being fucked with, and don't interpret the event as political sophistication, even when smiled at, for some reason.

    It's remarkable that people are so so so eager to solve a problem of 2036, but completely disinterested in the MASSIVE JOBS CRISIS of 2013.

    Half of the United States is in poverty or low-income right this moment. And the trend increases every day. Instead we get "gosh we have to solve this budget crisis (which is not a crisis) and we'll do it by hurting Social Security (which isn't causing deficits) and we'll do it right now."

    Downright insane, when you think about it. Especially in light of electoral politics. I'm not getting why "Adopt Republican Agendas, Analysis, and Rhetoric" is a smart Democratic move.

    Was it Truman who said "Give the people a choice between a Republican and a Democrat pretending he's a Republican and they'll pick the Republican every time" or somesuch?

    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 Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:36:18 PM PDT

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    •  But not jus jobs, but decent paying jobs (5+ / 0-)
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      ichibon, lostinamerica, rivercard, Jim P, caul

      Jobs that people can live decently off of and contribute to payroll, federal and state taxes.  Those are not the low or minimum wages we see as dominating the "new" jobs available.

      There's no reason for anyone working at a job to be poor.  Too many people are working incredibly hard for poverty wages and that number is steadily increasing as the 1% gobble up more wealth.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:31:11 PM PDT

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