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  •  And that's why we oppose aid to disaster victims.. (5+ / 0-)

    ...unless they live in blue areas of course, right?

    A few dollars, a few deaths, what counts is how they vote.

    •  It's not like Social Security is being (1+ / 0-)
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      jacey

      cut in half. We're talking about trading a rather tiny decrease in benefits over the long term for a sizable increase in taxes on the rich. Increasing taxes on the rich is the Holy Grail to us, so why not consider giving up 0.25% of SS each year (especially if, as expected, provisions are added to protect the very poor and very old)? This is not to me a "hell no" moment.

      •  Who should they come for next? (5+ / 0-)

        We had huge tax cuts about to come online in the palm of our hands a few months back.The same ones we had during those horrible Clinton depression years. Been there blew that.

        Social Security is more essential to Seniors today than it was a few decades back. Pensions are virtually obsolete. Real wage increases have been a mirage for decades and people no longer are earning their highest incomes in the ten years before they retire. They get laid off in their 50's and eventually  end up working at WalMart greeters.

        •  Fine. But even with all that being (1+ / 0-)
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          jacey

          true, a third of SS recipients count on SS for less than half of their income (they have assets). Another third have some other income outside of their SS benefits. What is so terrible about shrinking benefits a small amount on those recipients that can afford it? There are easy ways to protect poor seniors or those in their 90s for whom the cumulative effects of chained CPI would become material. When 90% of America has it tough, everybody needs to participate in the pain. This one proposal is relatively innocuous, especially to the elderly who are flush or don't need all of their benefits.

      •  My COLA was $15/month this year. (3+ / 0-)
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        Tom Rinaldo, S F Hippie, unfangus

        My meds alone went up $90/month. Now you're saying that doesn't matter? They want to take that $15 so Obama can have a "deal"?! What's the matter with you? You call yourself a democrat?

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