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  •  Success for the ACA means destruction of SS? (1+ / 0-)
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    At some point in the future, the right will introduce a plan to replace Social Security with a system of individual mandates and fines to compel working-age Americans to invest in for-profit Wall Street mutual funds during one’s working years, and to compel them to buy annuities from for-profit money managers at retirement (which with the help of centrist Democrats will be postponed to 70 or beyond).  The genuine progressives will respond with a defense of Social Security.  Whereupon the faux-progressives, the neoliberal heirs of Carter, Clinton and Obama, will reject the option of preserving Social Security — why, that’s crazy left-wing radical talk! — but insist that the subsidies for the poorest of the elderly be slightly increased, as the price for their adoption of the conservative plan to destroy Social Security.  Throughout the process, the right-wing Republicans and neoliberal Democrats will ask, “How can progressives object to means-testing, privatization and 50 state programs, when those are the very features of the Obamacare system that our friends on the left celebrate as a great achievement?”

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    by quagmiremonkey on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 05:19:27 PM PDT

    •  Well If It Emboldens Republicans to Start *Openly* (1+ / 0-)
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      calling for the end of Social Security then that's an even bigger political win.  Because when you get right down to it the American people aren't going to allow any fundamental changes in the structure of Social Security anytime soon

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