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    Armando, RainyDay

    IF in fact its the "Well the GOP aint never going to agree to that, it'll never be law"

    Then why not swing for the fences?

    Let the GOP turn down 20 million jobs and run on that in 2010, er ah, I mean 2012, er ah I mean 2014.

    There in lies the rub, the result is continued gridlock, which I'm sure the WH could have predicted.

    Gridlock itself is thusly a fabrication, an excuse for not being able to talk about creating 20 million jobs, which then perpetuates the talk of the Debt is too high.

    Both parties exaggerate the distance between the two, to energize the base and to solicit for donations.

    SO logically we then need to "Fix The Debt". No?


    ...... 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 Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 12:28:18 PM PDT

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    •  Perhaps the President is captive to CW? (3+ / 0-)
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      Armando, JesseCW, Creosote

      Why not swing for the fences?  Perhaps he thought he was.

      I recall hearing after the first debate with Romney, the President didn't realize just how badly he got rolled until he actually saw the actual footage.  I read that as his having a natural blind-spot for how optics play out in this process while he's in the center of it.  This could be much the same.

      If he seriously has accepted CW that SS needs to be 'reformed' lest it collapse tomorrow, then perhaps this was a trial balloon to measure public and GOP reaction, as well as demonstrate to the Beltway aristos how 'tough' he's willing to be with his supporters.  

      If that's really the case, he again doesn't appreciate the imagery he's projecting.   Whatever the merits of the proposed budget, it immediately falls prey to relatively simple summary: it cuts entitlements deeply, all in the name of deficit reduction, but offers little to no relief to those how actually need those programs.

      That's my simplest read on it.  How on-target it is/isn't will only be revealed in time.  

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