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  •  because the entitlement 'cuts' are so small (2+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, orlbucfan

    sounding to anyone who isn't glued to politics 24/7, so, it doesn't create a target just by talking about it

    it's the reason that the GOP don't ever get punished by their older voting base for advocating this shit

    but if they actually make the cuts they will be in big trouble, unless they get the democrats to do it too for cover, but we won't do it without raising taxes in exchange, which they won't do, so, it's a catch 22

    if i thought that Obama actually wanted to make cuts to entitlements for nothing, then i would be screaming bloody murder too

    •  dog murderer (0+ / 0-)

      "Our problem is not that the glass is half empty or half full, but that the 1% claims that it is their glass." ---Stolen from a post on Daily Kos

      by jestbill on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:20:20 AM PDT

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    •  Really? (2+ / 0-)
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      Code Monkey, jennylind

      Everyone's just going to be okay with Obama proposing "small" SS cuts?

      Sneakers is right. Putting Chained CPI on the table at all is a dumb move. They're not keeping it on the table because they want the Republicans to say "no" to it, they're putting it on the table because they (and I mean Obama and the Democrats) want it.

      Why not propose actually strengthening SS and increasing benefits? The GOP will say no to that just like everything else, so why propose something that will actually differentiate the Dems from Republicans in terms of protecting the retirement of the middle class?

      Or is that not "Clintonesque" enough?

      This isn't brilliant strategery "painting Republicans into the corner", it's the same old deficit hysteria. Can't put lipstick on that pig.

      Banking on the American people to be able to sort all this out and declare the adult in the room the winner is a very big bet. -Digby

      by Boogalord on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:20:57 AM PDT

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