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  •  That assumes Republicans really want to cut (4+ / 0-)
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    gffish, lcrp, shades at midnite, OldDragon

    Social Security.  I think they just want to manipulate Democrats into cutting Social Security.  They need and want older voters and it's not at all clear that the Democratic Party is all that into us anymore.  

    •  Or manipulate Obama into cutting SS? (2+ / 0-)
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      Sunspots, OldDragon

      I wonder whether this was part of the strategy to defeat Obama in 2012 -- and once that melodrama was over, the steam went out of it.

      The question is whether they'll bring it back in the lead-up to 2016.

    •  The White House has been strangely willing (3+ / 0-)
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      Sunspots, Stude Dude, OldDragon

      to provide cover for the Republicans - I immediately have to think of the sequester coming from our side at their request - huh? Honestly I've never seen or heard of anything like that and it is no compliment to Democrats - it's like the leaders are saying "our voters won't like it, but what are they gonna do about it?"

      We shoot ourselves in the foot so they won't have to? I think that is taking bi-partisanship to new bizarre levels when we present bad Republican policies as bad Democratic policies in order to allow the Republicans to save face, or something. It's all a little too 12 dimensional for me.

      Fortunately for us, Dem voters made it very clear that screwing with Social Security (chained CPI, etc.) is still the third rail and no amount of 12 dimensional obfuscation is gonna change that.

      Somehow the Republicans cowardice and truculence and the Democrats altruistic eagerness to sacrifice their own voters have combined to a standoff where all of us (the people) have been saved from all of them (politicians) because they were either too clever by half or half as clever as they needed to be.

      “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 07:24:02 AM PST

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