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  •  NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT!! (2+ / 0-)
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    Mr MadAsHell, savannah43

    President Obama shouldn't "take them up on it, at least to the extent of telling them to make him an offer. Take his own offers for cutting the programs off the table and tell them to put theirs out there, since obviously they're not going to bite on his."

    President Obama shouldn't offer to cut Social Security and Medicare. President Obama shouldn't invite offers to cut Social Security and Medicare.

    President Obama should make it crystal-clear that he has no interest in cutting Social Security and Medicare - that he has no interest in the Catfood Commission - and President Obama should make that the line he takes into a government shutdown.

    Besides being good politics, defending the last, sad remnants of the New Deal and the Great Society is also good policy - SocSec and Medicare are far and away the two most popular government programs in all of history, and any politician who steps up to defend them in a pinch can expect the people of the USA to rally to their side.

    But of course, President Obama doesn't want to defend Social Security or Medicare. He put the cuts on the table, and now he'll react to Cantor by putting bigger and bigger cuts on the table until Cantor finally says "yes", and announces that the deficit-reduction gods have been sufficiently appeased by the sacrifice of seniors' dignity and comfort.

    President Obama may not have to face re-election, but Democratic Representatives and Senators do. It should be made abundantly clear to all of them - every single one - that voting to cut Social Security or Medicare for any reason will trigger a primary challenge, even if it means handing the seat to a Republican. If this is going to happen, then the Democratic Party shouldn't be enablers to the process in any way, shape or form.

    I'm not big on drawing lines in the sand - purity tests are for teabaggers as a rule.

    If a Democratic politician votes against gay marriage, or against expanding access to birth control, then I'm disappointed - but not to the point of calling for a primary challenge.

    If a Democratic politician votes to bail out Wall Street, then I'm annoyed - but not to the point of calling for a primary challenge.

    This, however - this is enough. This is one of the few remaining point on which the two-party system isn't kabuki theater. And if the Democrats are going to "surrender" on it, well......why vote for them?

    "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

    by Australian2 on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 10:18:06 AM PDT

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