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  •  I wouldn't say Simpson is willfully ignorant (1+ / 0-)
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    I'd say he's followed his own BS down a rabbit hole and found that hole rather comforting. His being questioned by anyone, twisted to reaffirm his BS... in his own comfortable little hole.

    •  "It is difficult to make a man understand (6+ / 0-)

      something when his livelihood depends on him not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair. The same holds true for beliefs that challenge a world view as profoundly as actual facts challenge his world view with respect to Social Security. I would guess that many other cherished beliefs are experiencing similar stress (scary nonwhite people, women, the idea that the rich are specially deserving because they are rich,..). In most respects, he responds like an early stage Alzheimer patient - if he doesn't want to believe it, he doesn't.

      Your black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

      by OrdinaryIowan on Wed May 11, 2011 at 07:49:15 PM PDT

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      •  Let me add (2+ / 0-)
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        That ALL Republicans hate Social Security. They were against it in '35, and they will always be against it. They only ratchet their opposition up or down according to the polls. Sure, there are exceptions to the rule, and the official platform won't state it explicitly, but as long as they see a way to chisel a profit from ordinary Americans' retirement benefits, they will oppose it.
        Period.
        Damn crooks.

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        by Da Rat Bastid on Wed May 11, 2011 at 08:03:43 PM PDT

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        •  Wait. No exceptions. (0+ / 0-)

          Only those rethugs who have swing districts say they're for it. They're playing to the polls.

          Catch St. Louis' progressive talk show, The Murdock Report, every Tuesday @ noon! Stream or download it: www.wgnu920am.com I do the twit thing too @Smokin'JoeWGNU Remember, there's nothing free about Free Markets!

          by Da Rat Bastid on Wed May 11, 2011 at 08:07:26 PM PDT

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