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The Pushing Back at the Grand Bargain blogathon grew out of the Social Security Defenders blogathon,  March 25th thru the 29th. The starting point was an email between myself and joanneleon and Bruce Webb. I asked joanneleon if she was willing to do it all again, and she said yes. From there I created the group Pushing back at the Grand Bargain last Sunday, and we started recruiting writers. We just barely filled the schedule for Monday, but we pulled it off.

By Monday night we nearly had Wednesday squared away. We got word that petitions would be delivered to the White House Tuesday, and scrambled to get a live blog dairy up that included the Livestream, Lady Libertine did a great job managing that. On Wednesday Joanne covered the White House Budget press conference with a dairy that had the Livestream and eventually the transcript.

I would like to thank joanneleon and Lady Libertine for working so hard under the gun. We really threw this together in less than 36 hours. And without these 2 ladies dogged perseverance, long hours worked to meet deadlines, this blogathon doesn't happen.

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There are a few dairies that stood out in my mind. I asked jamess to investigate the group Fix the Debt, their corporate and political connections. Fix the Debt is a major advocate of the Chained CPI, and this sort of background reporting is essential when looking to motivations. Jamess ran with the idea and flat out hit a home run.

Letsgetitdone wrote a superb Tour De Force taking a financial perspective, explaining in some depth how the falsehood of Debt is Important Issue... is fabricated. And how the Grand Bargain is just a single cog in a much larger whirring bit of machinery built by the corporate elite.

Tool revisited the original intentions of the 2 guys who wrote the Social Security law (Edwin Witte & Wilbur Cohen) and FDR, that Social Security should be one part of a two part plan. This is a solid policy dairy, if you haven't read it, please do so.

* [new]  Right on Tool. (32+ / 0-)

Thanks brother.

Please sign the petition to pardon Gov. Don Siegelman.

by One Pissed Off Liberal on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 06:03:16 PM EDT

Of course without writers, we'd have no content. Maybe I could have written 4 dairies per day, I am a bit prolific, but readers would have tired of my data geeky take.

I should also thank the blogathon elves who work into the wee hours, updating the schedule template, and adding links to all the dairies. This is important because it creates an archive of all the blogathon dairies, which I've included here:

Blogathon diaries you might have missed
Monday:
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

Tuesday:
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

Wednesday:

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

Thursday:
Hell No! The Ultimate Pushback against the Grand Bargain by Letsgetitdone
Hell No! Obama & The War on Seniors by CitizenOfEarth
Hell No! No Grand Bargain. Death of the Third Way: Son of Plutocracy by Words In Action
Hell No! Liveblog: Joint press conference AFL-CIO, House Progressive Caucus, Sens. Sanders & Harkins by joanneleon
"Hell no!" Why Toss 'Enrage the AARP' into an Already Tough 2014 Haul As Is? by LeftHandedMan
Hell No! I Am A Loco-Foco by Unitary Moonbat
Hell No! to Chained CPI: Defending the People’s Pension by cosmic debris
A Military Wife's Honest To God Opinion on the Grand Bargain. by angelajean

Friday:
Hell No! Joe Biden in Iowa 2015 by 2laneIA
Hell No! Lieberman told us why Social Security must be cut by joanneleon
Hell No ! Chained CPI cuts Head Start, CHIPS, WIC, SNAP by Roger Fox
Hell No!  to 'Fix the Debt' Corporate Re-Patriots by jamess
Hell No! Growing up Grand Bargainy: The 1980s by joejoejoe
Hell No! A Fail On Every Level by ek hornbeck
Hell No! I Can't Sell This $hit to Voters! by Seneca Doane
Hell No ! Seniors and Vets Will not be hung out to dry by Vetwife
Hell No! Pres. Obama: Compromise with the Voters, not the Republicans, eh? by teacherken
Hell No! No Grand Bargain. How did we end up with Social Security in the first place? by Horace Boothroyd III
Thank you for reading the Pushing Back at the Grand Bargain blogathon by Roger Fox
Hell No! We are not finished. by joanneleon


Thanks to all those who gave Mojo, Rec'ed dairies and commented. I'll leave you with one last note, a graphic from the SSD Blogathon:

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5:47 PM PT: Thanks to all who rec'ed these dairies, you kept this issue on the front page of DK for the nation to see. Together we changed the face of the blogosphere, and the discussion. And maybe kicked the Overton Window back a few inches.

Thanks again.


6:46 PM PT: Just to be clear, joaneleon and Lady Libertine did the vast majority of the work. They deserve the Lions Share of credit.

Originally posted to Pushing back at the Grand Bargain on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 05:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Social Security Defenders.

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