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  •  Beautifully-written and heartfelt (6+ / 0-)

    I completely agree that voting, and voting for Dems, is the only option, as the Republicans are venal, selfish and fact-free.  You have a wonderful and inspirational story and best of luck to you and Ellie.

    I do not have as much hope as you do though.  The administration and congress are going to raid Social Security after the election is safely over with, after running on "no privatization."  It makes me sick at heart and angry.  I fear the consequences for the Dems, the President, and for the elderly and vulnerable after they cut cost of living adjustments and raise the retirement age so that we can pay for two wars and millionaire tax cuts that are about to be extended in a completely unnecessary "compromise."

    Imagine doorknocking for Obama in 2012 after congress passes the recommendations of the Cat Food Commission.  It's not going to be fun.  Maybe I'll find someone else to doorknock for if I'm as angry then as I am right now.  

    •  this is the way I see it (12+ / 0-)

      presidential commissions rarely if ever produce meaningful legislation. I think the CFC (and I willingly choose that framing because I believe the commission IS truly up to no good) will finish its work and nothing meaningful will come out of it. I really, really doubt that the Obama administration is stupid enough to even begin to think about touching social security.

      With all the stupid death panels crap last year, the Obama administration knows the power of seniors. They will be rightfully pissed if he even eyes their social security. He knows this.

      You're watching Fox News. OH MY GOD--LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU

      by rexymeteorite on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 01:12:22 PM PDT

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    •  Republicans don't give a shit about me and you (11+ / 0-)

      2laneIA. To them, we're nothing. Our needs and desires are seen as an impediment to corporations and the wealthy few having everything they want.

      Case in point: Mike Huckabee compares people with pre-existing conditions to a burned down house

      According to Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee...[p]eople with pre-existing conditions, he explains are like houses that have already burned down.

      "It sounds so good, and it's such a warm message to say we're not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition," Huckabee explained at the Value Voters Summit today. "Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, "I'd like to buy some insurance for my house." He'd say, "Tell me about your house." "Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I'd like to insure it today." And he'll say "I'm sorry, but we can't insure it after it's already burned." Well, no preexisting conditions."

      "We don't differentiate between 'them' and 'us.' It's just 'us.'" --- President Barack Obama

      by marabout40 on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 01:13:32 PM PDT

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      •  after a year of paying for my ostomy supplies out (7+ / 0-)

        of pocket,because of 'pre-existing conditions' & having to recycle the bags & stretch wearing a wafer for over a week---
        Mr 'Commensense' Huckabee can go take a flying f&&k for

        Conservatism is killing this country. Jayden

        by swampyankee on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 02:29:19 PM PDT

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      •  OM f--ing G (2+ / 0-)
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        Are you KIDDING me? And he considers himself a disciple of Jesus? I'm going to caps now because I have to shout


        Maybe some up and coming college smarty pants (wink wink to rexy) can engineer some kinda DNA thingie that we could do to these guys and give them a Dr. Strangelove hand. I'm just saying.

        Maybe I had better NOT have another glass of wine

        "Asking a republican why they're a hypocritical tool is like asking water why it is wet." Patriot4Peace, New Year's Eve '09

        by ca union goon on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 09:08:08 PM PDT

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    •  I scanned the diary linked in your sig line, (4+ / 0-)

      and I am not at all convinced Dems will try to privatize Social Security. The idea that Social Security is threatened has been used to divide us throughout my life (as flag-burning used to be).

      I won't try to predict the future, for sure.

      •  You have to listen to what they are NOT saying (1+ / 0-)
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        as well as what they do say.  Plouffe did not say that my concern was baseless.  He started talking, (very fast), about privatization instead.  If he is looking ahead to 2012, and clearly from his speech he is, then you do not evade an Iowa precinct captain who has a serious and direct question.  You answer it with what she wants to hear, because you want the people who are leading caucuses to be on your side.  He did not do that.  That was very telling.

        Digby saw this coming in January 2009.  I admit it took me until I read that Pete Peterson had been seen at several meetings in the White House before I started worrying.  There have been a series of things, some of which I linked to in the diary, such as Obama saying everything was on the table, even HCR.  David Brooks interviewing senior staff people who said Obama was committed to reducing entitlements.  Orszag, and stuff he said before, during and after his stint as Budget Director.  The appointments to the commissions--no SS experts, and many hostile to SS.  Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn saying raising the retirement age should be considered.  Pelosi arranging for an up or down vote in the lame duck session.  Van Hollen squirming when Ed Schultz asked him if he would vote for cuts.  The nattering from the Village about sacrifice and the deficit.  

        The handwriting is on the wall, folks.  Wall Street wants this, the Village wants it, the DC media support it, the deficit peacocks in congress want cuts to Social Security and extending the Bush tax cuts, and the Obama Administration wants it.  If we don't fight back, we will pay personally, every one of us.  

        I don't have time to put all those links in again.  I have to go do absentee ballots.

      •  Dem's are all that kept Social Security from (3+ / 0-)
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        being privatized under Bush.

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