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I posted this as a comment on another Diary but I have decided this argument needs to be seen by a broader audience.  If the POTUS is indeed proposing changing the way Social Security benefits are calculated in the “Fiscal Cliff” (I prefer “Monetary Molehill”) negotiations; LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR I AM OPPOSED TO SUCH.  In fact, I believe we need to go over the Monetary Molehill to put more pressure on the Rethugs and their Tehadists wing to compromise. Let the Bush tax cuts expire. Period.   Then we can talk.

However, I am a realist. We have a Democratic POTUS who loves the idea of compromise for the sake of compromise.  Further, he has never shown that he is anything but enamored of having a “Grand Bargain” as a part of his legacy.  We are also in a situation or divided governance. While hopefully waning, the Rethugs have some very real power that must be addressed.  See more after the orange sherbets.

Elections have consequences and this proposed change in Social Security benefits is a direct consequence of the failure of progressives, the Democratic Party and the POTUS to effectively counter the Tehadists in 2010.

Compromises are painful. I receive Social Security. I don’t like the proposed “Chained CPI” proposal any better than anyone. However, I have to take responsibility for my inaction and lack of effort in the 2010 midterm elections.

If the Rethugs did not control the House of Representatives; Social Security and Medicare would not be on the table at all.  In fact, we would not be talking about the “Monetary Molehill”9 either.

In November 2010 I was in the process of moving to a district that was going to easily reelect their progressive Rep.  I had moved from a district that elects deep red conservatives. I could have donated and helped financially in the House races in purple districts where the Dems had a chance of gaining or retaining seats.

I guess I was also basking the afterglow of having elected the first POTUS with African American heritage and the passage of a flawed, but step in the right direction, health care reform bill.  I, like a number of my fellow Dems and progressives, did little to help.

However, that is all water over the dam. Now I am most concerned that if the compromise goes through; a number of Dems and Progressives will “take their ball and go home” for the 2014 mid-terms.  My fear is that we will have another election where a number of left-wingers will stay home or push for the election of candidates to the “left” of the Dems.  Such action will push Washington further toward Tehadists control.  Possibly more importantly the Rethugs will take more state houses and be given free reign to mess with “right to work laws,”  voter suppression, women’s health issues, etc.

Much has been said and written in regard to the Rethugs’ problem with changing demographics. However, unless all Democrats and progressive recognizes that we are slowly moving the dialogue to the left and that we are winning in the long term; national policy will continue to be dictated by the Kochs, Norquist, Rove, etc.

Two steps forward and one step back is still a net “one step forward.”


If the POTUS agrees to a Chained CPI alteration of Social Security benefits that actually goes into effect will you "take your ball and go home."

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:31:07 AM PST

  •  It really doesn't make any difference. Once the (3+ / 0-)
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    kerplunk, absdoggy, corvo

    few have it all, then it is game over and it looks like that is gonna happen one way or the other. I've been a life-long, solid Democrat, but if somebody comes along with solid ways of bringing back our representative democracy, then I'll be in their camp and the Democratic Party can go pound sand. Loyalty is a two-way street, is it not?

    Hope has a hole in it when Republicans come, bringing shackles and sorrow; branding their greed on the backs of the poor. - Wendy Connors

    by Wendys Wink on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:43:02 AM PST

    •  Yes it is (2+ / 0-)
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      Wendys Wink, corvo

      If I were back in MA, I might have voted for Jill Stein, but here in VA as a swing state voter, I voted Obama. But if this deal goes through, yes, I will be disappointed, and I will not see a realistic chance to vote out Scott Rigell here in VA-02, so I probably won't contribute or work towards that.

      Obama won as a populist and before his 2nd term even begins has abandoned it. The consequences are on his head, not mine.

      Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

      by absdoggy on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:17:37 AM PST

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    •  I got in trouble for talking like this at this (0+ / 0-)

      web-site during the election.
      Now, we are impotent.

  •  I live in Michigan and WE NEVER GIVE UP! (0+ / 0-)

    Keep fighting folks and remember the long arc of history bends  toward justice. Obama is making Boner&the GOPers look like major bullies/whiners while he looks like the reasonable person trying to make the government work.  Even my repub relatives are seeing what a steady, calm and responsible leader Obama is and how drastic the demands of the GOP have become. We must replace these extremists with more and better Democrats and turn things around at the state and federal level. Don't let this bump divide us so that progressives sit out the 2014 election (like so many did in 2010) - it is vital that we turn out in huge numbers and take out the trash.

    Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. - Einstein

    by moose67 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:17:29 AM PST

  •  The House offices are gerrymandered. (0+ / 0-)

    A lot of the states have Republican governors.  We need to work hard to elect true blue Democrats at every level of government.

  •  sigh... (0+ / 0-)
    I guess I was also basking the afterglow of having elected the first POTUS with African American heritage and the passage of a flawed, but step in the right direction, health care reform bill.  I, like a number of my fellow Dems and progressives, did little to help.
    So you got doped by the black guy like so many other white liberals?  Well, we can be magical.

    The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing online commenters that they have anything to say.-- B.F.

    by lcj98 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:35:53 AM PST

    •  Not "doped" or even "duped"........... (0+ / 0-)

      by any stretch of the imagination; more like "fat, dumb and happy" thinking maybe we were actually headed toward a lasting progressive majority and post-racism.

      I am really surprised by your "by the black guy" comment. Yes, I am sometimes critical of our POTUS but I am also one of his strongest supporters. I will freely state that BHO may be the smartest, most understanding and compassionate president ever.  

      I contributed to his campaigns is 2008 and 2012. In 2008 I actually had to convince one of my closest neighbors, "a black guy" and avid hunter, that is was OK to vote for BHO because he was not going to take away his guns.

      However, a lot of us, Dems and Progressives and the POTUS, screwed the pooch when it comes to the 2010 midterms. I am accepting responsibility for my part of  that disaster and for any negative outcome that may stem from it.

      If the chained CPI becomes law we on the left, yes including the POTUS, are all responsible because of 2010; not just BHO

      The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

      by cazcee on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:02:32 AM PST

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