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This is good news from Greg Sargent of WaPo:  

In an interview with me this morning, Senator Dick Durbin, a top ally of the White House, told me he opposes including Chained CPI for Social Security in the final deal. He said it would be difficult for Democrats to support Chained CPI for Social Security if it ended up in the deal, though he said it was premature to say anything definitive about how they would vote.

“We ought to deal with Social Security in a separate conversation that is not part of deficit reduction,” Durbin told me. “To do it at this stage is the wrong way to go.”

Durbin has said this before, but it’s notable that he’s repeating it in the wake of the White House’s reported offer of a deal that includes Chained CPI for Social Security.


For liberals who want to prevent this from happening, their best hope may be to pressure Democratic lawmakers to declare this a nonstarter. When enough Democrats spoke out against hiking the Medicare eligibility age, the White House got the message that many in the party viewed it as unacceptable, and drew a hard line against it in the talks.

Wapo, Greg Sargent, The Plum Line: Dick Durbin: No cut in Social Security benefits

Good advice from Greg Sargent.  Time to contact your senator and/or congressperson and let them know how you feel

Originally posted to TomP on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:57 AM PST.

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

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:57:46 AM PST

  •  Good news indeed. (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, chicating

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:05:32 AM PST

  •  To paraphrase Bette Davis (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, FiredUpInCA

    Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy cliffmas!

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:06:52 AM PST

  •  i really do think (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, FiredUpInCA

    that the President made this offer knowing it was a dead letter, and knowing that before the Democrats gave it a thumbs-down, that Boehner would reject it.  I think - we're going over the cliff, and I think Boehner's current stance blaming the president for it is going to backfire.

    "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

    by louisev on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:07:14 AM PST

  •  Carney just said that PBO never put SS on the tabl (5+ / 0-)
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    TomP, itskevin, wasatch, Jerry056, FiredUpInCA

    e, Boehner did.

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:09:52 AM PST

  •  I'm calling chained CPI 'Dogfood for everyone" (0+ / 0-)
    When prices go up, consumers make substitutions in what they buy. According to The Pet Food Institute, which represents manacturers of dog and cat food in America, after a century of chained CPI, and a century of substitutions, nearly all American seniors will subsist entirely on dogfood.
    I made that up.

    “Americans are fighters. We're tough, resourceful and creative, and if we have the chance to fight on a level playing field, where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot, then no one - no one - can stop us. ”-- Elizabeth Warren

    by Positronicus on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:25:40 AM PST

  •  good cop bad cop (1+ / 0-)
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    Hopefully that's the game. Obama has a deep seated need to be the great organizer - he's not gonna give anybody hell at this point it's not who he is - so he comes to the table open to all ideas. Then the Senate Dems say no to the stupid stuff and make the Republicans own it rhetorically. If everything else is already specified and then there's a fight about Social Security with POTUS and Reid saying "It's not that much money" The Republicans have to fight specifically for throwing grandma in the street.

    As least I hope that's the 3d chess going on. If it wasn't for redistricting we'd be having a much different conversation.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:33:22 AM PST

  •  Oh and look at the AFL-CIO "standing up" (0+ / 0-)

    to Obama on this. Oops, nevermind. No mention of Obama's role in this at all!

    Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Boehner's lame-duck demands:

    Republicans are once again demanding benefit cuts to pay for tax cuts, and threatening to harm the economy unless they get their way. House Speaker John Boehner’s recent “Plan B” proposal would extend tax cuts for people earning between $250,000 and $1 million, at a cost of $400 billion. At the same time, Republicans are demanding to cut Social Security COLAs through the so-called “Chained CPI.” We call on Congress to reject House Speaker Boehner’s proposal to extend tax cuts for people earning up to $1 million and support President Obama’s demand for at least $1.2 trillion in additional tax revenues. We further call on Congress to reject Republican hostage-taking and reject any cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, or Medicare benefits, regardless of who proposes them.

    “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln

    by Sagebrush Bob on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:56:10 AM PST

  •  Durbin will do whatever the F Obama wants him to (0+ / 0-)

    Seriously. If you're looking for a Senator to save the day Durbin is not the man. Has he promised to filibuster? No? Well then.

    I don't negotiate grand bargains with deficit terrorists!

    by priceman on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 04:46:47 PM PST

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