Skip to main content

Hell No!

Just yesterday, President Obama stated,

"I will not agree to any deal that seeks to cut the deficit on the backs of middle class families," Mr. Obama wrote in the budget blueprint released Wednesday. "I am willing to make tough choices that may not be popular within my own party, because there can be no sacred cows for either party."

If President Obama makes a Grand Bargain with the Republicans and cuts items like Social Security and Medicare, or even Tricare for military families and military retirees, it will harken back to the days of President Bill Clinton and his famous bargain that cut free health care for military retirees. Talk about sacred cows - back then we never believed that the President would sign legislation that took away a benefit promised from the day folks signed the dotted line. It would take two decades for military folks to think about voting Democrat again. Most of today's active duty personnel don't remember how military retirees fought all the way to the Supreme Court to protect that hard earned and long promised benefit. When retirees lost that battle, they learned the hard lesson that promises made to the military are not the same as a contract; they learned that government is not trustworthy.

And that's the crux of the matter, a trustworthy government. It isn't about a government that is too big or too small, it's about a government that we trust to spend our tax money appropriately.

We're watching President Obama make a huge mistake - he'll offer up programs like Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and Tricare in the name of bringing Republicans to the table they don't care to sit down to. They've ignored that table for 5 years now. Why do we think this time is any different? Because President Obama will load that table like a buffet line at a Las Vegas Casino... they'll smack down their measly 20 bucks a head and gorge on crab legs and prime rib while we watch them feast. If we were casino owners, we'd chuckle as they waddle out the door to hit the tables and pay us back with their gambling debt. But we don't own any casinos and we have no fall back position.

Once a Grand Bargain passes, there won't be any going back. Military Retirees learned that lesson the hard way. Will we be next?

DailyKos Blogathon -- Week of April 8th

(All times are Eastern, diaries published by the Pushing back at the Grand Bargain group)
Monday, April 8
10:00 a.m. Roger Fox
12:00 noon eXtina
2:00 p.m. Guest crosspost by Yves Smith
4:00 p.m. Horace Boothroyd III
6:00 p.m. slinkerwink
8:00 p.m. joedemocrat

Tuesday, April 9
10:00 a.m. Guest crosspost by Bill Black
12:00 noon Livestream Event diary/Team
2:00 p.m. joe shikspack
4:00 p.m. Roger Fox
6:00 p.m. Priceman
8:00 p.m. TomP

Wednesday, April 10
11:00 a.m. Liveblog budget announcement press conference
12:00 noon  Words in Action
 1:00 p.m.  bobswern
2:00 p.m.  One Pissed Off Liberal (OPOL)
4:00 p.m.  Puddytat
6:00 p.m.  Tool
8:00 p.m.  SouthernLiberalinMD

Thursday, April 11
10:00 a.m. Letsgetitdone
12:00 noon  CitizenofEarth
 1:00  p.m. Words in Action
2:00 p.m. Liveblog event diary
3:00 p.m.  LeftHandedMan
4:00 p.m.  Unitary Moonbat
6:00 p.m. cosmic debris
8:00 p.m. angelajean

Friday April 12
10:00 a.m. joanneleon
11:00 a.m. Roger Fox
12:00 noon jamess
1:00 p.m. joejoejoe
2:00 p.m.  ek hornbeck
3:00 p.m. Seneca Doane
4:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Jim P
7:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. Roger Fox

* If you would like to join the blogathon, contact joanneleon or Lady Libertine by kosmail.


1. Call your senators and representatives and tell them "Hell No!" with a priority on contacting senators.  U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  You can find email contact information here

2.  Contact the White House and tell them "Hell No!".  Switchboard: 202-456-1414.  Email contact page is here.

3.  Petitions.  There are a number of petitions available.  Choose from the following or preferably sign them all.

a. White House petition calling for no cuts to Social Security.
b. AFL-CIO petition calling for no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and calling for more jobs, repealing the sequester and ending tax loopholes for the wealthiest individuals and corporations.
c. Sen. Harkin's petition telling Pres. Obama not to cut Social Security.

4. Social Media.  Share this diary and promote this blogathon on Facebook and Google+ using the buttons at the top of the diary.  Send this out on Twitter and add the hashtags #HellNo and #NoGrandBargain.

Blogathon diaries you might have missed
Hell No! #NoGrandBargain: "Pushing back at the Grand Bargain" by Roger Fox
Hell No! Chained CPI will reduce eligability for EITC #noChainedCPI by Roger Fox
Hell No! Dan Pfeiffer: "The President's Budget Shows That He is Serious About Solving Deficits" by eXtina
Guest Crosspost, Yves Smith: Obama Wants to Be the President Who Rolled Back the New Deal by Yves Smith via joanneleon
Hell No! Stop crushing the poor by Horace Boothroyd III
Hell, No! Social Security Contributes Nothing To Deficit by slinkerwink
Hell No! No Grand Bargain: Chained CPI: Social Security Means So Much To So Many by joedemocrat

Bill Black: “Wall Street Uses the Third Way to Lead its Assault on Social Security” by Bill Black via joanneleon
Hell No! Livestream. Petition delivered to White House. Millions of signatures. 12:30pm by Lady Libertine
Hell No! No Grand Bargain. Are "Progressives" Destroying the New Deal? by joe shikspack
#HellNo ! #ChainedCPI : $65 billion income tax increase on working families #noChainedCPI by Roger Fox
Hell No! Chained CPI is a Cut. You Either Care About People or You Don't. by priceman
Hell No! No Votes or Money To Dems Who Vote To Cut Social Security. by TomP


Hell No! No Grand Bargain Liveblog 2014 Budget press conference by joanneleon
Hell No! No Grand Bargain: Are We At War With Our Own Neoliberals? by Words In Action
Hell No! “Progressives Rage...Over Plan to Cut Social Security” (Pt. 1 of 2) by bobswern
Hell No! Pam Martens: “Progressives Rage...Over Plan to Cut Social Security…” (Pt. 2 of 2) by bobswern
Hell No! There's No Way to Vote Against Goldman Sachs by One Pissed Off Liberal
Hell No! Hands Off Social Security - This Has Gotten Personal by Puddytat
Hell No! Expand Social Security - Don't Cut It by Tool
Hell No! "Do You Think That Democracy Is Part of the Problem?” Attacks on Soc Security& Democracy by SouthernLiberalinMD

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, Renee, Ed in Montana, northsylvania, Chi, BOHICA, Geenius at Wrok, badger, Gooserock, Avila, hyperstation, OLinda, Richard Cranium, TheMomCat, Boston Boomer, BlackSheep1, chuckvw, fishwars, roses, ctsteve, wader, Dallasdoc, pat bunny, riverlover, dkmich, Oaktown Girl, Kitsap River, Armand451, joanneleon, radarlady, 3goldens, NoMoreLies, Jeffersonian Democrat, run around, one of 8, dewtx, Brooke In Seattle, YucatanMan, Laurence Lewis, Dem Beans, PinHole, Savvy813, Ginny in CO, Pluto, Orinoco, detroitmechworks, blueoasis, DarkestHour, triv33, praenomen, 4Freedom, gooderservice, JVolvo, llbear, onionjim, CA Nana, doingbusinessas, kurious, Aaa T Tudeattack, cpresley, BentLiberal, One Pissed Off Liberal, SpecialKinFlag, puakev, Mary Mike, terabytes, DWG, joedemocrat, HCKAD, bobswern, carpunder, pioneer111, skod, Don midwest, also mom of 5, JeffW, zerone, elwior, KJG52, jamess, tofumagoo, mofembot, temptxan, petulans, luckylizard, priceman, David Futurama, cybrestrike, MufsMom, Rick Aucoin, nchristine, lostinamerica, BoiseBlue, dharmasyd, Nebraskablue, asym, DaNang65, jpmassar, catilinus, Susan Grigsby, Proud Mom and Grandma, gulfgal98, Lady Libertine, Onomastic, allenjo, ozsea1, coquiero, Seitanist, asterkitty, smiley7, PrescottPatriot, peregrine kate, kareylou, Sunspots, Willa Rogers, SouthernLiberalinMD, Lucy2009, PrometheusUnbound, quill, Whatithink, ursoklevar, cwsmoke, Williston Barrett, Ginger1, This old man, BusyinCA, jennyp, Glen The Plumber, Kayjay, Lily O Lady, Chaddiwicker, poopdogcomedy, Alhambra, JerryNA, GreenMother, Jim Domenico, aguadito, OldSoldier99, ajbailin

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site