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Remember this during the fiscal curb talk?  Remember whenever Republicans manufacture a crisis?  They all come out and look Very Serious and call on the President "to lead".

And all the Villagers happily go along with that meme.  How many times have you wanted to throw a brick at the TV when Chuck Todd repeats their talking points like that?

And then came today and the President's speech.  Eugene Robinson has a short blurb up with his take on the speech.  He echoes the thought that a lot of us are sharing after that incredible speech today.

Obama’s critics are fond of complaining that he doesn’t show enough leadership on vital issues. They should be careful what they wish for, because it sounds like they might get it.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 11:02:08 AM PST

  •  My KosFriend and colleague, you're spot-on. (5+ / 0-)

    With a great deal of finesse and savoir-faire, the President just made it clear that he's going to kick some serious butt. As they say in Texas, he "opened a can of whoop-ass". And he didn't mention Republicans once by name.

    My deep hope is that he can keep his hands off of the New Deal and the Great Society and launch forward. Time will tell. But so far, he sent a strong statement, one which he will now have to act upon. Given the very recent transformation of OFA, I suspect to see quite a few ads supporting his positions on things. Bite that, John Roberts.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 11:10:23 AM PST

    •  Below is the President's recommendations to the (2+ / 0-)
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      zenbassoon, commonmass

      Super Committee (2011) regarding deficit reduction.

      Here's a very brief excerpt on "means testing Medicare," and here's the link to the entire proposal.  The (PDF) proposal is entitled "Living Within Our Means and Investing In The Future."  (It is from the White House website.)

      Especially salient to New Deal programs (healthcare) are pages 38-39.  However, cuts, or savings, to healthcare are discussed on pages 35-43 of the proposal.

      Here's an excerpt on means testing Medicare premiums:

      Increase income-related premiums under Medicare Parts B and D.  Under Medicare Parts B and D, certain beneficiaries pay higher premiums as a result of their higher levels of income.

      Beginning in 2017, the Administration proposes to increase income-related premiums under Medicare Parts B and D by 15 percent and maintain the income thresholds associated with income-related premiums until 25 percent of beneficiaries under Parts B and D are subject to these premiums.

      This will help improve the financial stability of the Medicare program by reducing the Federal subsidy of Medicare costs for those beneficiaries who can most afford them.

      This proposal will save approximately $20 billion over 10 years.


      So, we must be vigilant, and burn up the phone lines to both the White House AND Capitol Hill, if we don't want to wind up with a "means-tested" Medicare program.

      I believe that "the American People" can stop the evisceration of our social insurance programs.  It will just require that we 'get off our duffs,' and make our voices heard VERY LOUDLY!

      I'm in--I hope the rest of you are.  

      I start back tomorrow, calling daily to let members of both parties know that cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, which adversely affect the bottom line of beneficiaries, ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.

      Please folks--call your Congresspersons, Senators and the White House.

      If we don't, and draconian cuts to these programs are enacted, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

       

      Mollie

      “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 02:44:23 PM PST

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  •  It was fun to watch the Republicans (2+ / 0-)
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    NancyWH, zenbassoon

    Stone faced. Gohmert tried not to change his expression. I can't imagine that they don't know what's coming, and I can't wait to see the faux outrage when it happens.

    -7.75, -8.10; Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Dave in Northridge on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 02:24:03 PM PST

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