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As we've reported here many, many times conservatives in Congress continue to demand cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to reduce the deficit.  There are a myriad of bad ideas that they've proposed to do this.

Here are some (hopefully) easy to understand infographics on some of the proposals currently being debated in closed-door Congressional deficit talks. You'll note that many are based on the Bowles-Simpson (BS) report, which is the bible for corporate CEO's and the well-funded fiscal hawk lobby. You can also find all of these on the National Committee's Lame Duck website.

We're also asking you to sign the online version of our "No Cuts" petition here. We will have more than 65,000 petitions to deliver to the Senate soon...please add your voice to the debate.

Originally posted to NCPSSM on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:11 PM PST.

Also republished by Social Security Defenders and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  The special interest owned congress (4+ / 0-)

    wants to make sure that special interests don't step up and pay their fair share.  

    Soak the middle class and collect wealthy friends to take  care of you on the other side of the revolving door.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:21:24 PM PST

    •  Maybe we can get some special interests on board (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      This may seem counter-intuitive, but employers get the most productivity out of workers in their mid-40's. After that, employees often cost more than what the employers get out of them. The ADEA was put in place to prevent employers from getting rid of employees after their peak productivity declines. If they raise the SS and Medicare age, employees are more likely to work for more years after their peak productivity, when employers would prefer that they retire so they can bring in someone younger and cheaper.

      Maybe it's worth reaching out to some more Democratic-leaning employers to make this case.

  •  They should go ahead and hold their breath waiting (0+ / 0-)

    for that to happen.  It's already pretty clear that the senate will not allow Social Securty to be touched.  The president won't agree to entitlement cuts that impact benefits.  I know, I know, the folks who still think that he was a sell out for not abducting blue dogs and replacing them with clones that would vote for a public option are still not in touch enough with reality to understand that willingness to reform entitlements is not necessarily willingness to reduce benefits, but there it is.

    Picture a bright blue ball just spinnin' spinnin' free. It's dizzy with possibility.

    by lockewasright on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:31:34 PM PST

    •  Obama knows what he is doing (2+ / 0-)
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      lockewasright, sebastianguy99

      and while some here won't like any deal that involves even an ounce of compromise, I'm 100% sure that he's only going to support a deal that makes sense to the country. I think everybody needs to take a chill pill and let the man do the job he was (twice) elected to do. He's sacrificed a lot and continues to work so hard for us; we owe him not only our gratitude but also our support.

      •  You're right. I wish some of the (2+ / 0-)
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        doc2, sebastianguy99

        folks around here would figure it out.  He's a president who seems to have been focused on doing whatever he can for the middle class and those trying to join the middle class.  I see it in almost all of the things that he's done.  It seems to be the thing that he has been most focused on since he took office.  Maybe some day, during some more comfortable time, we can have the joy of watching a president accomplish nothing while watching perfect dream legislation languish in the legislature.  Right now, the 98% needs help very badly.  We can't improve our lives or pay bills with failed principled stands.  My electric co-op won't accept them in lieu of money.

        Picture a bright blue ball just spinnin' spinnin' free. It's dizzy with possibility.

        by lockewasright on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:57:50 PM PST

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  •  Raise the age for those who are well off is ok. (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    I have no problem with telling Trump and Wall Street types to wait until 70 and to pay more.

    Is there some kind of rule that says we cannot use the Shock Doctrine to advance our own kind of reform? Why is it that people have resign themselves to the sidelines helpless and incapable of organizing, mobilizing, and hounding every congressperson?

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 03:57:44 PM PST

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