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  •  What are you basing this on? I don't agree with (2+ / 0-)
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    miracle11, sturunner

    Obama on a lot of things, but I don't see any eveidence that he wants to

    sell off any govt program that helps the average American to the highest bidder, using the Republicans as a cover
    Why do you say this?

    I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by Blue Knight on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 07:21:59 AM PDT

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    •  adsf (0+ / 0-)

      David Dayen: The Gradual Privatization of Medicaid
      Naked Capitalism, March 14, 2013

      Using Medicaid Dollars for Private Insurance
      NY Time, March 31, 2013

      The Obama administration and Republican officials in several states are exploring ways to redirect federal money intended to expand Medicaid, the main public insurance program for the poor, and use it instead to buy private health insurance for Medicaid recipients....

      "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
      Platform of the Neo-Democratic Party
      Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

      by Sanctimonious on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 07:56:02 AM PDT

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    •  asdf2 (0+ / 0-)

      The Democratic turncoats behind the “Fix the Debt” attack on Medicare & Social Security
      Naked Capitalism, Feb 24, 2013

      Warning: long! Excerpts below:

      Most left-side commenters paint “Fix the Debt” — the well-funded campaign to scare Americans into believing the debt is not only going to destroy us all, but that massive cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid are the only way to “fix” the “problem” — as a billionaire-led, CEO-led operation to kill (or at least seriously maim) the social programs by delivering one blow after another. But Fix the Debt is also a bipartisan operation.

      The Campaign to Fix the Debt is the latest incarnation of a decades-long effort by former Nixon man turned Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson to slash earned benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare under the guise of fixing the nation’s “debt problem.”

      Fix the Debt is led by the president of the CRFB, Maya MacGuineas. Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson are listed as its “founders.Michael Bloomberg, Judd Gregg, and Ed Rendell are listed as its “co-chairs.”

       ... Erskine Bowles is a Clinton man. Bowles and Simpson are Obama men, hand-picked by our president to lead his personal “fix the debt” commission, aka the Catfood Commission. Judd Gregg was the Republican that Obama wanted to install in his first-term cabinet as Secretary of Big Money. (Scorecard note: When you hear Simpson–Bowles, you should see Barack Obama. In my mind, they are his surrogates, his water-carriers, just as he and Bill Clinton are Pete Peterson’s water-carriers.)...

      This is what “starve the beast” looks like from the “left”

      Both parties want to starve the beast — underfund government so drastically that it can’t function alone. Both parties want to privatize public services...the Democrats are every bit as evil as the Republicans when it comes to economic policy.

      ■ From the Republicans you get blatant privatization, such as Bush’s 2005 attack on Social Security or Paul Ryan’s Medicare voucher plan.

      ■ From the Democrats, you get back-door privatization, like Obama’s Health Care act. Ask yourself — why didn’t Obama just offer a bill that expanded Medicare to everyone in the country? Answer: Because he wanted to shovel money into corporate (meaning, billionaire CEO) hands with a “public-private solution” to a public policy problem. This is always the Neoliberal “solution” — starve the government along with the Republicans, then sell public-private “deals” that screw the public while offering pretend or partial solutions.

      "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
      Platform of the Neo-Democratic Party
      Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

      by Sanctimonious on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 08:16:38 AM PDT

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    •  left wing hysteria is rampant (1+ / 0-)
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      paz3

      I will hold my fire until he releases his budget. I just don't see any upside for Obama even with chained CPI. He is just going to get attacked for trying to hurt SS from the people who would love to destroy it.

      •  didn't he release it yesterday (0+ / 0-)

        and it was in there?

        How is taking a hundred dollars worth of food from hungry kids or from old poor sick people equal to taking a hundred dollars from billionaires? -- howabout, 19 Dec 2012

        by billlaurelMD on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:12:37 PM PDT

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