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  •  This is why the Dems (3+ / 0-)
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    need to not allow any cuts to Medicare in the debt/budget compromise.  If we help them cut Medicare, then our attacks on the Ryan plan will seem weak if not hypocritical.

    •  Yup, and that's exactly the GOP's strategy (4+ / 0-)
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      The GOP wants to hold the debt ceiling, and the entire economy including every American's job as a result, hostage to try to extract Democratic concessions on Medicare that will give the GOP cover in 2012.

      You're absolutely right that this is why we have to not blink on the debt ceiling talks.  It's critical to call the GOP's bluff.  Boehner has revealed plenty enough that at the 11th hour, he'll cave.  He did on the FY 2011 C.R., he's made it clear the debt ceiling must be raised in the endgame of this debate, and now he admits it has to be done well before the August deadline.

      We'll certainly end up making concessions liberals won't like.  I didn't like the C.R. concessions, and I'm sure I won't like the debt ceiling concessions.  But there must be no concessions on Medicare in particular or on preserving a robust safety net more broadly.  That safety net, going directly to the livelihoods of all Americans, is our most potent 2012 campaign issue.

      43, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and a boy, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 06:48:48 PM PDT

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      •  President Obama really needs to give a speech... (1+ / 0-)
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        To outline exactly what the consequences of default would be, chasten Congress publicly for not acting, and say something like, "The other party wants to pass a plan that will take Medicare away from our seniors and replace it with a voucher system, take away funding for Pell grants and other forms of student aid, and cut food stamps and nutrition programs for millions of struggling families. Yet they have refused, time and time again, to even discuss raising the marginal tax rate on people earning more than $500,000 a year. Make no mistake - we need to reduce our deficit and get our house in order. But I refuse to allow Republicans to take from our seniors, our students, and our lower-income families while defending tax breaks for the wealthy and tax loopholes for corporations. We need to get serious about reducing our deficit, and that means talking about ways in which we can increase our revenue in order to continue providing the vital services that are helping millions of Americans through this economic recovery."

        That would draw a line in the sand, and I think that would resonate.

        Independent, Auckland Central resident, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

        by SaoMagnifico on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 08:29:04 PM PDT

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        •  Speech as political strategy: (1+ / 0-)
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          "The Republicans want you to choose to  either change Medicare to let Grandma go poor, or make it impossible to get a loan to buy a new house, or to cede control of our finances to outside forces who may not be friendly to us

          so they can make it possible to continue to give tax breaks to the Exxons and Enrons of America"

          "Obviously, sacrifices must be made in this time of need, but they must be shared by all Americans"

          Obviously, some substitutes are needed for details, but it's important to keep it simple. But the right speech can be mined for sound clips throughout the '12 cycle by every D congressional candidate.

          "I hope; therefore, I can live."
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          by tietack on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 10:38:43 PM PDT

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