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  •  Privatizing social security and medicare (10+ / 0-)

    is really what they want, but they are quite adept at hiding that by skirting around the issue. They are quite willing to wait and let the Democrats parcel that out in new negotiations (at least by proposing the chained cpi and raising the age for medicare) and then hammer the Dems in the next elections on cuts to the "entitlements".

    •  Agreed. But, where I think we went wrong was (1+ / 0-)
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      Sylv

      in thinking that this agenda was designed as a boon for the financial community. It's not. The problem with these "social programs" is that they distribute dollars directly to individuals and goods and service providers without any opportunity for Congresscritters to subsequently interfere. It's the automaticity of these programs they resent because they deprive Congress of the opportunity to play tooth fairy or scrooge. The ACA is the last straw. If society looks after the electorate in health and in sickness, what's left for the legislators to do? How will they extort votes for themselves come election day?
      What's going to become of the tradition of incumbency? How are the members of Congress going to join this pantheon?

    •  Not "privatizing", rather "reforming" (3+ / 0-)
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      Slightly Wobbly, Sylv, Calamity Jean

      Dear, you've got the lingo all wrong! They want to "reform" these programs in order to "strengthen" and "save" them. Unfortunately, Obama uses these euphemisms too, perhaps not in the same way that they do, but whenever he uses them, he enables their ideas. He's really very disappointing that way. He's still using these terms. He just can't help himself with the appeasing, even if it's more symbolic than actual these days. It's like he can't bring himself to fully reject the liberal shame we've been told we need to feel over the past few decades. He's internalized the liberal self-loathing and it shows.

      That said, I'm glad he's holding firm on all this. I'm sure it wasn't easy for him.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 06:52:54 AM PDT

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