In all the discussions of Chained CPI and the President's inclusion of it in his budget proposal, the main defense seems to be centered on two points.
The main defenses are:
1) It will never get passed so stop worrying
2) (Even though it'll never get passed) It's acceptable as an exchange for all the other delicious progressive goodies in the budget (which other than Universal Pre-K are never spelled out mind you).
Occasionally 'protections for the most vulnerable' are mentioned but again, never elaborated upon. Of course, if Social Security benefits weren't being cut, there would be no need for such 'protections'.
But there is something that is never discussed, there is one glaring thing missing:
A well thought and presented argument describing the benefits of the proposal and why it should be adopted.How about just leaving out Chained CPI? How about that?
So why? Why do it? Why hasn't anyone made an argument FOR it?
Defenders of President Obama's budget - the floor is yours. Please tell the Dkos community the reasons this is a good proposal and why it should be adopted. Make a case for it on the grounds of it being a good policy.
The Floor is Yours!