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  •  And this gives (10+ / 0-)

    Obama the perfect way to get out of this. Keep labeling it a republican idea and remove it from the budget and offset it with a tax increase for the rich.
    The words 'republican idea' need to be wrapped around chained CPI and fast.

    Obama, to a fault, tries to get a compromise. This started back in law school where he classmates complained he would not take a side.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

    by GustavMahler on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 10:09:19 AM PDT

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    •  Eh, I'm convinced this is what he really wants (10+ / 0-)

      I've now seen too much evidence, dating back to before the first election, that he honestly and truly believes that spending on elderly folks is a big drag on the economy and that it needs to be reigned in.  

      I am convinced that he does not believe that tax increases and stimulus (to increase the tax base) will address the "old person drag" problem that he sees.

      And here's the thing, I'm surrounded by people who believe this.  Who were 100% convinced that Medicare would go bankrupt, like, this year.  That all these greedy old folks are stealing our future.  

      The thing is, those people are Republicans.  And I'm convinced that our president is, too.

      Thought is only a flash in the middle of a long night, but the flash that means everything - Henri Poincaré

      by milton333 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 10:15:23 AM PDT

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    •  I've been of the opinion (0+ / 0-)

      from the beginning that he was intent on doing this, and since he said more than once that he would have to fight his base for it, I assumed he knew the reaction it would provoke.

      But this makes me wonder if perhaps he really did underestimate the opposition to it. If so, why on earth would he have? The polls are pretty clear.

      We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

      by denise b on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 05:24:10 PM PDT

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