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View Diary: Reid: Social Security cuts for defense sequester relief would be a 'stupid trade' (255 comments)

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  •  Why would the revenue trade even make sense? (10+ / 0-)

    I don't understand the Democratic line that "We'll only cut social insurance programs if Republicans agree to more revenue." The Democratic position should not be taxes for the sake of taxes. That's a GOP stereotype of the party, the party of a bloated, ever-growing blob sucking up tax revenue for no reason. You collect taxes so that you can spend on programs. The spending is the goal. The taxes are just the means.

    Reid seems to narrow the "revenue" line to "revenue for social insurance programs." But, still, what is respectable about "We'll only screw over granny if we get a few a few more pennies out of the rich?" You're still screwing over granny as well as future generations who will retire without pensions and with little savings.

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