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  •  The 'Deficit' Commision's report (1+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell

    will be binned and recycled in a bout five Washington minutes.

    Catfood Commission=Red Herring.

    it tastes like burning...

    by eastvan on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 12:58:03 AM PDT

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    •  We'll see. But it doesn't look good. (2+ / 0-)
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      midwestblue, FistJab

      The Dems are for austerity, for the little people, of course.  And the Republicans have always been for it.  So what do you think the final outcome will be?  Obama can't even commit to not raising the retirement age.  I have zero faith.  Why should I.

      •  Raising the retirement age to (1+ / 0-)
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        xanthippe2

        70 is not going to happen. It makes for great jabber and fills up space with noise, but it is not realistic. 68 year old construction workers? 69 year old pilots?
        At a time when young workers can't break into the labor force?

        Not going to happen. But it does make for great jabber.

        it tastes like burning...

        by eastvan on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 02:47:00 AM PDT

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        •  Retirement age is *already* too high (0+ / 0-)

          66, going up to 67 for the "younger set". Yes you can get cut-rate benefits at 62 - but that just means you have to stretch out less money for a longer time.

          Think they're going to blink at 70? Nawww, they'll just point out the "early retirement at 62" loophole - maybe even offer a HARDER cut for retirement at 60. And then laugh all the way to the bank.

          If it's
          Not your body
          Then it's
          Not your choice
          AND it's
          None of your damn business!

          by TheOtherMaven on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 09:13:51 AM PDT

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    •  It's entering in the midst of a Perfect Storm (2+ / 0-)
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      Salo, mightymouse

      ...in Washington.

      Dollar devaluation, inflation, massive debt, negative interest rates on Treasuries, growing reluctance of other nations to finance our deficits, a bankrupt consumer class, total government paralysis.

      I see no other choice but to starve the American middle class -- to make up the difference.

      It's not like anyone is going to bail us out. We're a danger to the global economy.

      •  Well, There's Always That (1+ / 0-)
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        Simplify

        "Unlike every other nation in the world, the United States defines itself as a hypothesis and continues itself as an argument." - Lewis Lapham

        by Miep on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 04:04:49 AM PDT

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        •  There's always a choice (1+ / 0-)
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          Miep

          but the results are not always predictable or even pleasant. Violent, bloody revolt is the inevitable outcome of crushing the lower classes to feed the ultra-rich. It has never failed to happen yet. EVER.

          If it's
          Not your body
          Then it's
          Not your choice
          AND it's
          None of your damn business!

          by TheOtherMaven on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 09:16:30 AM PDT

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          •  That, Too (0+ / 0-)

            "Unlike every other nation in the world, the United States defines itself as a hypothesis and continues itself as an argument." - Lewis Lapham

            by Miep on Fri Oct 29, 2010 at 02:22:59 AM PDT

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