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    policies are about to come unraveled. There are a number of articles posted on the web today that show boomers aren't the only ones attacking Obama from the left. For example:

    From veterans:

    The situation has reached a tipping point. Newspaper editorial boards and magazines call it a “national disgrace” and insist VA Secretary Eric Shinseki should resign. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, is calling for the resignation of Allison Hickey, the VA’s head of benefits.

    Given the breadth of the crisis, this widespread outrage isn’t surprising. But perhaps what is surprising is that for the first time, several prominent veteran advocates who’ve been staunch supporters of Obama are now joining the chorus of critics who say the president has badly mishandled the VA.

    “I supported President Obama in both elections, but what is happening right now at VA is inexcusable,” says Thomas Bandzul, a well-known advocate for veterans who is legislative counsel for Veterans and Military Families for Progress and past associate counsel for Veterans for Common Sense.

    (emphasis mine)

    From NOW:

    The National Organization for Women, which has supported the vast majority of President Barack Obama's policies, lashed out at the president Tuesday over a part of his 2014 budget proposal that the group says will diminish Social Security payments to women.

    "On Equal Pay Day, the National Organization for Women has a message for Congress: Do not follow President Obama in cheating the women of this country," NOW President Terry O'Neill said in a statement. "The president and the Democratic leadership in Congress may think most voters aren't bright enough to figure out what's going on, but they're flat-out wrong. Voters who helped elect these leaders are now feeling betrayed, as they see supposedly progressive politicians turn their backs on the most vulnerable among us."

    NOW, a progressive advocacy group, criticized the president's plan to include a chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) in the 2014 budget. The chained CPI would reduce Social Security benefits for future recipients by measuring inflation differently and accordingly slowing down the cost-of-living increases for beneficiaries. Obama is reportedly planning to include the cut in his budget proposal on Wednesday as a compromise.

    You can only betray your constituents for so long and then they get wise and turn on you with a vengeance.

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