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  •  My whole life of ~53 years (4+ / 0-)

    I've heard talk about getting rid of SS on and off for as long as I could remember. I remember because as a kid I really did not believe there were Americans who genuinely hated thought FDR and stuff like SS.

    Now as for cloaking their intent in words of support for SS ... I would say that varies in direct proportion to the political skill of the specific speaker.

    I will venture to go one step further. Back when I was a kid some GOP pols might openly speak of killing off SS. But as time has gone on SS opponents have had to reply more and more on cloaking their intent. I submit that is a good sign for the future of SS. (Sort of how racists once felt comfortable about openly being racist.)

    •  I agree that it's good they must cloak their (1+ / 0-)
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      agenda.

      The trouble is they may actually succeed in duping the electorate.

      Which is why it is important to do nothing which lends a spurious credence to their playacting.

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 02:00:53 PM PDT

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      •  Anything can happen (3+ / 0-)
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        But seeing how the bees came buzzing out of the hive over this mild chained CPI change proposal. I seriously doubt the bees will roll over dead for more draconian proposals. And now that the hive has been disturbed I figure, what they heck? Let's hand out poking sticks to GOP candidates - but only after making sure the beer cooler is full. Don't want to miss the show.

        I don't think we are very far apart at all. Difference of opinion seems to lie in the risk estimate. Which is healthy. None of us has a perfect risk predictor.

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