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    because PPP's latest poll has Markey up 7, and leading in every age group EXCEPT over 65, where he's down 50-42.

    I really don't understand people sometimes.

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:37:49 AM PDT

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    •  Well, they don't know about Gomez (2+ / 0-)
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      or at least don't know much about him. Right? So it's Markey's campaign's responsibility to hammer Gomez mercilessly on this issue. Never let it die.

      It's not just for over 65 folks, either, lots of people don't like it. Including independents.

      "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:30:42 AM PDT

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      •  They're not undecided (2+ / 0-)

        The 65+ demographic in Massachusetts consistently shows the lowest number of undecided and the highest support for Republicans. Frustrating.

        I agree that there's plenty of room for Markey to win votes on this issue.

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:47:45 AM PDT

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    •  Truthfully, with all the talk of 'austerity,' (0+ / 0-)

      and especially the Administration's constant harping on cutting Social Security and Medicare for years now, I'm not that surprised.

      I am a Boomer.  This topic is very personal to me, since I'm not that many years away from being eligible to file for Early Retirement (Age 62) Social Security benefits--which I plan to do.

      And while I'm a life-long Democrat who knows that Republicans have long wanted to see Social Security dismantled, I must say that I have very little faith (at this point) in the Democratic Party's will, or ability (whichever) to 'protect' Social Security and Medicare, when the 'Titular Head of the Party' has frantically attempted to strike a 'Grand Bargain,' which is designed to cut both Social Security and Medicare.

      Heck, since they Catfood Commission was appointed,

      For Immediate Release
      February 18, 2010

      President Obama Establishes Bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

      Names former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Senate Whip Alan Simpson as Commission Co-Chairs

      WASHINGTONToday, President Obama will sign an executive order establishing the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and announce that former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Senate Whip Alan Simpson will serve as the Commission’s co-chairs.

      this Administration has been almost singularly obsessed (aside from Obamacare the first year or so) with 'the deficit,' and by extension implementing 'austerity measures.'

      Bear in mind, seniors as a group are amongst the most 'atuned' folks in the electorate as a whole, on many topics--let alone on Social Security and Medicare.

      So, I sort of understand how many seniors would 'distrust' the Democratic Party on this issue.  

      Heck, I'm a life-long Democrat, and I've lost faith in the Democratic Party to keep our social safety net intact.

      There is really no evidence at this time, IMO, on which to base the opinion that an individual will be any better off with Democrats in charge--regarding the issue of Social Security, that is.

      And what folks need to realize is that there are 'backdoor' ways to turn both Social Security and Medicare into 'defined contribution' type programs, some of which so-called 'left leaning' policy wonks, etc., from Brookings are very much behind (i.e., Alice Rivlin, Isabel Sawhill, Ron Haskins, and the list goes on and one).  And remember, Rivlin actually worked with and produced a Medicare 'reform' plan with Paul Ryan.

      Anyway, it's really sad.  

      You know, I have one relative (and I'm certainly NOT bragging about this) who has what I would consider a 'Tea Party' mentality (although he's not in the organization, nor does he even participate in any Republican Party activities, etc.).  

      And even though we disagree about EVERYTHING POLITICALLY, we are both equally furious about the proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

      Luckily for him, he's already receiving his Social Security and Medicare benefits.  So, except for the Chained CPI, he will not be affected by most of the impending cuts.

      Anyway, it's really quite ironic.  

      We haven't agreed on anything political for at least thirty years, but now, this Administration has now given us 'common ground.'

      If the Administration and the Democratic Party does not want a major debacle ('loss') in 2014 and 2016, they had better wake up.

      And fast.

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      hiddennplainsight

      by musiccitymollie on Fri May 17, 2013 at 11:29:33 AM PDT

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