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  •  Nope (22+ / 0-)

    Obama made up his mind to put the social safety net on the path to destruction prior to assuming office and is hellbent on seeing it through, ignoring the will of the people who put him into office, bypassing democratic processes, and lying through his teeth - albeit in a most artful manner - all the way.

    Obama Pledges Reform of Social Security, Medicare Programs
    By Michael D. Shear
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, January 16, 2009

    President-elect Barack Obama pledged yesterday to shape a new Social Security and Medicare “bargain” with the American people, saying that the nation’s long-term economic recovery cannot be attained unless the government finally gets control over its most costly entitlement programs.
    That discussion will begin next month, Obama said, when he convenes a “fiscal responsibility summit” before delivering his first budget to Congress. He said his administration will begin confronting the issues of entitlement reform and long-term budget deficits soon after it jump-starts job growth and the stock market.

    Notice the Republican framing and use of the word 'bargain' - he had his marketing plan in place even before he assumed office.

    "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
    Platform of the "New" Neoliberal Democratic Party
    Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutoocracy, their real constituency.

    by Sanctimonious on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 06:29:25 PM PDT

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    •  programs?? (9+ / 0-)
      attained unless the government finally gets control over its most costly entitlement programs.

      Which is our most expensive entitlement programs, Medicare and social security or the military and three wars???  

      Note, the military and the wars are not a part of the deficit reduction discussion.

      No vote from me in 2012 till I find someone that actually represents my interests.

    •  Obama '08 Social Security promises... (3+ / 0-)
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      and 2011 realities

      •  Whatever happened to THAT guy? (4+ / 0-)
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        WheninRome, caul, politicjock, Annalize5

        "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

        by elwior on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 09:29:41 PM PDT

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      •  He didn't say he wouldn't "modify" Social Security (0+ / 0-)
        •  I'm to the point where I can only hope he doesn't (1+ / 0-)
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          endorse further modification -- like the way Clinton "modified" AFDC.

          The corporation is one of the great unheralded human inventions of destruction. It is a way to absolve from any personal liability a bunch of people. They form together in a massive id and they do whatever they want. -- Keith Olbermann

          by caul on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 01:49:11 AM PDT

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          •  Yes, caul... (0+ / 0-)

            "...the way Clinton "modified" AFDC." was the inspiration for this book:

            Nickel and Dimed
            On (Not) Getting By in America
            by Barbara Ehrenreich

            The New York Times bestseller, and one of the most talked about books of the year, Nickel and Dimed has already become a classic of undercover reportage.

            Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour?

            To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart salesperson. She soon discovered that even the "lowliest" occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors.

            Nickel and Dimed reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategies for survival. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way America perceives its working poor.

            "Nickle and Dimed" came out in 2001~!

            This is an excellent article on "Clinton's Folly":

            JANUARY 4, 2010 2:02PM
            Clinton's Welfare "Reform" Chickens Come Home to Roost

            Healthcare isn't the first "reform" to need quotation marks around it. Bill Clinton's signature 90's program of welfare "reform" was pretty much the same kind of Democrat kabuki.

            We just hadn't yet realized that Al From and the DLC's strategy called for lies and corporate giveaways on purpose. We thought they just, you know, didn't understand the consequences of what they were doing.

            That they were incompetent. Not too hard to believe. Now we know they knew what they were doing and just didn't give a shit.

            That might have been the first time the conservaDems stretched their muscles and convinced a still-mostly-liberal party that the way to get elected was to do what the Pubs would have done, thus attracting the campaign funds that would otherwise have gone to the GOP.

            Unfortunately, GOP policies to the poor are a disaster no matter who passes them into law, and now that the Bush economy has collapsed, the failure of Clinton's "reform" is so great it can no longer be ignored.

            It's a great read. Bill Clinton. What a guy.

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