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  •  A plea to all diarists in this series. (0+ / 0-)

    The strongest argument in support of the President's budget from progressives that I've heard to date is that the sequester must end and offering cuts to SS and Medicare is the only way to get Republicans to agree to a budget.  All arguments about SS or Medicare or fiscal policy per se, or what's preceded the current situation, are irrelevant to this issue.  Obama has to get Republicans to end the sequester and he's being a pragmatist for the good of the country.

    Please help us with this argument -- does it have merit, are there alternatives?

    •  Obama could propose creating 20 million jobs (0+ / 0-)

      Solely thru infrastructure spending. It fact that would just be returning to a historical norm.

      20 million jobs @ 36k each equals the supposed SS shortfall, making SS good thru 2090.

      ...... Social Security blogathon March 25th thru March 29th. #HandsOffmySS FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 06:07:19 PM PDT

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      •  doesn't address the argument (0+ / 0-)

        There are lots of better ways to get savings or raise revenue. The only ones that matter are the ones that Republicans will agree to in order to end the sequester, because the sequester does more harm than chained CPI. What's fair, what was avoidable, what has better optics doesn't matter because the only goal is getting a budget that will pass. That's the argument that needs to be addressed.

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