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  •  I've been asking myself repeatedly: (9+ / 0-)

    "So why is Obama so hell-bent on reaching out across the aisle?"

    First, it seems, because Obama is a man of honor, and believes in honoring his campaign promises, however naïve that may seem, and short-lived that may prove to be. And I, for one, am damned glad to have a man of honor back in the White House after too long away.

    Second, because he is keenly aware that not far ahead loom the twin specters of entitlement reform and health care reform. In the (albeit unlikely) event that Obama is successful at seeing one or more of these urgent reforms through during this legislative session, he has determined that he will need Republican shoulders to help bear the burden of public ire for the transitional and not so temporary pain that will result in the short-term, no matter how much he reminds us the expected benefit in the long-term.

    And he knows that if he alone bears the burden, his party alone will bear the brunt of public ire at the ballot box come November 2010.

    That’s my $0.02, at least.

    Now are the days we've been working for.

    by StrangeAnimals on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 03:12:56 PM PST

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    •  grrrrrr (12+ / 0-)

      There is no "entitlement reform" needed, only health care reform.

      Social security is fine, and in a better fiscal shape than any other program in the budget.

      •  Good point, but entitlement reform is needed (5+ / 0-)

        Entitlements should be eliminated and transformed into, rights (preferably enshrined in the constitution).  Health, housing, food, education, social security are human rights, not mere "entitlements", dependent on the largesse of the government of the day.

        "No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it."- Franz Kafka, "Before the Law"

        by normal family on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 03:24:46 PM PST

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      •  I agree (5+ / 0-)
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        but it is on Obama's agenda, at least it seems. As a physician, I would like to see health care reform tackled immediately after this week's vote. Of course, we need a Sec HHS first!

        Now are the days we've been working for.

        by StrangeAnimals on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 03:25:25 PM PST

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      •  Summers wants to destroy Social Security. (13+ / 0-)

        Why did Obama ever pick that man for ANYTHING????  And for heavens sake, Social Security is not an "entitlement."  It's an insurance that U.S. workers HAVE PAID FOR, and that government has STOLEN THE MONEY AND REFUSES TO PAY IT BACK.  It all started with Johnson using the money for Vietnam and it continued after that.  Reagan increased the payroll tax and made it more regressive, and he used the money for his tax cuts for his rich friends and for the military.  Republicans are in love with uniforms, except when they have to wear them.  Clinton could have used the surplus to put money back, but he was too cozy with Republicans to do that.

        •  The plan Clinton left in place was to pay down (6+ / 0-)

          the debt, which includes all the IOU's congress has written to Social Security.

          It was a sound plan that Bush immediately rejected as foolish; he then proceeded to give more than twice the surplus away in tax cuts.

          The GOP idea, is, has been, and always will be to bankrupt the government by pillaging our common resources and turning them over to their richest cronies.

          In that way, by Reagan dogma, the US will be unable to afford Social Security, Food Stamps, health care, etc. So will have to do away with them.

          It's a hateful, spitful policy aimed at destroying the fabric of American society and auctioning off Amercia itself to the highest foreign bidder.

          •  Clinton should have started returning $ to S.S. (2+ / 0-)
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             Instead, he chose to leave the surplus for the next administration.  That was a huge mistake.  Bill Clinton is very smart, but he made many mistakes, big ones like signing bills to deregulate banking and commodities trading, and leaving the surplus for a moron to give to his rich friends.  He also made mistakes on trade deals with China and others.  He was a captive of the supply siders on the far right.  Although he balanced the budget, he set up the economy for a fall with his bad trade deals and deregulation.  Of course, Bush made things much, much worse and has to be blamed for not taking care of the economy or anything else.

          •  Lets connect the dots (3+ / 0-)
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            The Cheneybush administration accomplished, or tried to accomplish:

            Tax cuts for the wealthy;
            A war in Iraq for no apparent reason and a long term occupation;
            More tax cuts for the wealthy as a thank you for the Accomplished Mission;
            A new entitlement for prescription benefits--Medicare Plan D;
            Attempted to divert Social Security revenue away from paying benefits into private accounts;
            Attempted to kill the estate tax (Katrina arrived on the day before a vote would have taken place); and
            $700 billion to those criminals caught holding the bag of mortgage backed securities before they could unload them to widows and orphan.

            There is a very consistent pattern here.

            All of the above would tend to cause in the long run the Fed to purchase several trillion dollars more of T bills from the Treasury, to inject trillions of reserves into the banking system, and to dilute the value of the dollar like no one living has ever seen.  While Argrntina and Zimbabwe have experienced this type of inflation, neither has too much in common with the U.S.  One cannot help but make comparisons to the Weimar Republic after WWI.

            If the question is whether this is incompetence or deliberate; because of the consistency of the pattern,I cannot help but believe it is deliberate.

          •  I would disagree with you on only one thing (2+ / 0-)
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            It's a hateful, spitful policy aimed at destroying the fabric of American society and auctioning off Amercia itself to the highest foreign bidder.

            The owners of the GOP politicians don't want to auction America off - they want to keep us as slaves.

            "The time for justice is always right now!" - Samantha Booke, Wiley College debate team, 1935

            by Edgewater on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 05:12:21 PM PST

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        •  agree, trinite. and how often do we (0+ / 0-)

          hear what soc. sec. money has been used for over the years?  The media ought to publish a list of all the things that many of us would never have agreed to fund.  Instead, boomers are painted as selfish for wanting what they paid for, and what they were promised.  As soon as we are recovered (which will be a long time, if ever), we should start replenishing that fund, not making working people work longer.  what rubbish.

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