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Gonna be short and sweet, but this is, imho opioion, a very important message to all Americans that have been paying into Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.

Let's face it people  If you draw a salary?  You paid for this.

You Paid For This!

(go down there. the orange gothic script won't bite you on the way down.  i've tested it)

This was my reply to Joan McCarter's excellent diary entry entitled CNN Poll:  If fiscal cliff talks fail; Republicans will be to blame

The continued posturing of the Right(wrong) party is to say that we need to cut entitlements AND that their attempt to appease their base in the short term is neither cute nor quaint.  It is a full force, no holds barred public display of wingnuttia entrer en scène that will give the troops something to coalesce around.

They can't seem to fathom that continuing to beat the same drum, and pushing full-speed-forward on a losing narrative isn't going to work for them.

Or, can they?

Watch closely for the next few weeks.  Listen closely.  I know it hurts, but tune into the Entertainment News Channel that cannot be named and watch them start moderating their pissyness with the R Senators and Rep's that start speaking Nordquist blaspheme.

They are going to cave.  It's up to the President to come out and say that everything is on the table, once again.  Yet he should back it up by mentioning that the Republican claim that Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Benefits, etc. are NOT the entitlement to which the Republicans continually refer to them to be.  It is also up to the Senate Democratic office holders to do the same.

You Paid For This!

Say it!  Say it proud, say it loud!

That is my bumper sticker for today.  And my prediction for this month.

I've never block quoted myself, so please understand that I just thought this was important.  Might not be, but I though so.


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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Obama in 2012: Because There Might Not Be Much Left by 2016

    by funluvn1 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:06:03 PM PST

  •  I paid for this! (5+ / 0-)

    Totally, friend.  Totally agree.  We all paid in -- we the people that the rich wish to disenfranchise have paid in over our long careers.

    And they want to suck up our funds to fuel their lifestyles, and leave us dying in the streets with no jobs and no health care and no housing or other assistance.

    We live in the most evil and decadent of the developed nations.

    I am not proud of this.  I think what the GOP has wrought over the past forty years is nothing short of evil incarnate.

    And I'd be willing to tell them so to their evil fucking faces.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:14:50 PM PST

  •  Maybe it's just the lawyer in me talking, (7+ / 0-)

    but I don't get the aversion to the word "entitlement."  It's just a legal term of art.  It means, well...exactly what you're saying. It's something that, by statute, the government has to pay you.  There's no discretion, there's no argument that the funds are exhausted - if you paid in, you're entitled to the benefits.  

  •  Republicans may still win the day (0+ / 0-)

    As I understand it the Democrats message is that we will raise your taxes and we will balance this by cutting your Medicare benefits.  Hmmm.....this may have unintended consequences.  

    If I hear one more MSNBC pundit (Puke Russert, Ezra Klein and Chris Matthews just today) shill for raising the eligibility age I may be driven to FOX News.  

    I mean I don't care how much you tax Bill Gates if all I get out of it is NO Medicare.

    •  They are pushing the message (2+ / 0-)

      It's a damn shame, and the battle is not yet won.  It's time to call, not write, those Congresspeople and Senators again.

      Obama in 2012: Because There Might Not Be Much Left by 2016

      by funluvn1 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:35:11 PM PST

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    •  ACHHHH and Now Warner (0+ / 0-)

      How could any of you have voted for this creep!!! Tells us royal "we" are living longer. Who?  Fat cats?!! So we can have Social Security and Medicare cut.  What a jerk!!! WHY do we have Democrats like this?  What good are they?  All they do is vote to increase "defense", protect the upper classes and screw the poor and the sick.

  •  We do need to cut entitlements - FOR THE WEALTHY (6+ / 0-)

    Wealthy investors (in congressmen) paid for their enormous entitlements too but that is different than paying into Social Security.

    They gave chump change to the campaigns of or whoring congressmen to buy favoritism.

    We need to cut entitlements for big oil, agro business, jet airplanes, yachts and the like.

  •  Earned benefits has been what I have been calling (1+ / 0-)
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    them for awhile. Every time a repug says entitlemrnt I correct him immediately and call it what it is an earned benefit. Really changes the tone of the conversation.

    " The whole world is about three drinks behind" Humphrey Bogart.

    by flatford39 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:51:05 PM PST

  •  Bi-partisan angle? (1+ / 0-)
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    Because this LTE was in my paper today.

    I want to address her allegation that the “far majority of Americans on the dole are seniors and disabled on Social Security and Medicare.” This is a Democrat myth.

    I am 67-year-old veteran currently receiving Social Security. Not a penny of that is free. I have been paying FICA tax for 50 years. It is an insurance policy, paid for from every paycheck you get in life.

    Medicare also is paid for through payroll taxes, and on top of that, I pay for it monthly while receiving the benefits to the tune of over $200 a month (much more than I spend).

    So how, exactly, am I on the dole?

    " can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

    by Catte Nappe on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:58:53 PM PST

    •  In the eyes of many wealthy "overlords" (0+ / 0-)

      If you don't work until you die at your desk, you're a slacker.

      I am outraged that there seems to be NO moral compass guiding these idiots to an understanding that we are not "work units" and they are not "wealth units".

      Many of them are only "wealth units" by virtue of having won the sperm lottery, not by any productive work of their own (see, especially, Heirs of Sam Walton - they're in the dictionary next to 'greedy').

      For a better America, vote the GOP out of office whenever and wherever possible and as soon (and as often) as possible!

      by dagnome on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 04:58:15 PM PST

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  •  insurance (0+ / 0-)

    It is the point of having insurance like Medicare and Social Security (SSI) that you are ENTITLED to the benefit if you pay the premiums. I paid the premiums so I will get benefits or there will be hell for my elected politicians.

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