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  •  Just the suggestion that SS should be raised (14+ / 0-)

    instead of cut is a HUGE win for real Democrats. This proposal, even if it is mostly symbolic, shows that the conversation has been changed.

    Just a year or two ago we had the Democratic President and the Democratic minority leader in the House pushing for CUTS to SS benefits. We've flipped that narrative, and if we keep up the pressure in a year or two the discussion will have moved even closer to helping the least fortunate.

    And yes, a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans IS something that Democrats should run on. This is another sign that we have changed the discourse. If some people want to make a big deal about the national debt and the deficit then it is only fair that we ask the wealthiest Americans to start pulling their own weight, since they have been the sole beneficiaries of almost all new economic growth for decades.

    •  My Republican sisters and their spouses (4+ / 0-)

      already have Democratic representation (the joys of living in the Bay Area), but proposals like these could make them more likely to support Democrats in the future because this hits them where they live -- they're both receiving Social Security and while they're reasonably well-off, they know that might not last.

      If 10% of Republican boomers and seniors switch to supporting Democrats over this issue, that could make a big difference in some swing districts and states.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 01:12:13 PM PDT

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