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According to the Huffingtonpost Republicans have put revenue on the table.  Obama see's the possibility of a grand bargain and is willing to take it.  A cynic might say that the Republican Party has decide to rehabilitate it's image by getting Obama to agree to something even more unpopular that the shutdown.  This does not go anywhere near far enough.  If Democrats agree to entitlement cuts they will turn the country over to the Tea Party for a generation.

It helps to think of the Republican Party in the context of an abusive relationship (yes I know some people here will object to this analogy).  The abuser punishes the abused for any perceived infraction.  The American people broke the Republican Party, the abuser's, rules in electing a black President.  As such the American people must be punished by the withholding needed government spending.

In failure to support the Republican shutdown the American people again transgressed.  Worse, the abuser was seen as being blocked by Democrats.  This created the idea among the people that Democrats will protect them from the Republican Party.  In order to regain power the abuser must now show that any attempt to to escape the abuse will only cause it to continue worse than before.  As a result the Republicans have taken the option to attack entitlements.  The message this sends to the American people is any attempt to resist will only make the situation worse.

If we posit that the Republican Party will retaliated against those who vote against them, but the Democratic Party will not retaliate against Republican voters, we can break this down into game theory.

Vote Republican, Republican Wins, No Retaliation.  Consider this the kill me last option.

Vote Republican, Democrats Win, No Retaliation.

Vote Democrat, Republicans Win, face the wrath of the party willing to shut down the country to keep your family for receiving healthcare.

Against this form of terrorism, the only response Democrats can give is no.  The Democratic Party must either take the role of the protector of the people from the abuse of the Republican Party or face a continuing string of electoral defeats.  If Democrats allow Republicans to force entitlement reforms is signals to the American people that the Democratic Party will hand their abuser the weapons needed to hurt them.

To remain electorally relevant the Democratic Party must take up the mantel of protector of the American People.  This can only be done by taking the budget weapon away from the madmen in the Republican Party.

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  •  Wait. I thought we didn't have to worry (0+ / 0-)

    about SS cuts. You know, the ones that Obama really doesn't want, but offered anyway, because Republicans would never, EVER consider changing their minds about revenue increases.

    What happened?

    Oh, nevermind. Republicans haven't agreed on anything. No deals made or legislation passed, yet.

    So we're still safe, or something.

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. ~ J. Garcia

    by DeadHead on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 04:03:44 PM PDT

  •  Earned benefits, not "entitlements." (2+ / 0-)
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    ZedMont, flatford39

    Can we please change the landscape on use of their denigrating word?
    It grates like "Democrat" Senate.

    "He went to Harvard, not Hogwarts." ~Wanda Sykes

    Blessinz of teh Ceiling Cat be apwn yu, srsly.

    by OleHippieChick on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 04:12:45 PM PDT

  •  Read it again. Cole is not offering any tax (2+ / 0-)
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    flatford39, TheDuckManCometh

    increases.  In fact he ruled that out entirely.  When he says he will put revenue on the table, what he means is that he will support entitlement cuts, and THAT is the revenue he's talking about - the money "saved" from entitlement cuts.

    And in exchange for the revenue cuts, the Democrats will have to agree to remove the sequester, which is about to pounce with all four feet on Defense.

    What planet is this guy orbiting around?

    Blue, blue, my world is blue...

    by ZedMont on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 04:17:28 PM PDT

  •  What is missing in these discussions is how the (0+ / 0-)

    people who are now retiring have had  their promised pensions "unfunded" for 30 years and will only have SS to lived on unless they have been able to squirrel away thousands of dollars in savings somehow.  

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