Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Last Call

To recap today:  Republican Paul Ryan pledged to destroy Medicare, completely annihilate Medicaid, all but eliminate public education, federal infrastructure, general public safety, decapitate the New Deal and end the American Dream with his perverse, cruel budget that would crush generations of Americans under austerity and finish transferring basically all the country's wealth to the richest 0.5% or so.

And the Democratic party reaction to that?

Liberal Democrats challenged President Obama on Tuesday over his willingness to cut Social Security benefits.

People still wonder how we lost control of the House.   If you think President Obama is the bad guy in this scenario, resign from reality now and let's get somebody in here who isn't a useless sack of pus.

At a meeting that lasted just less than 90 minutes, Obama was peppered by questions from Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), among others, who challenged Obama on adopting “chained CPI” — a less generous formula for adjusting benefits under Social Security and other programs for inflation.

Obama has said he is open to chained CPI as part of a “grand bargain” that would include spending cuts as well as new revenue. And he didn’t back down from that support during a closed-door meeting with Senate Democrats, despite pushback from Harkin and Sanders.

House Republicans will pass a budget that will obliterate us.  And you stupid clowns are worried about chained CPI?   That's like worrying about if you left your stove on when your city is being nuked from orbit.

Ahh, sweet release...


lumpkin said...

So, just because the republicans are even more extreme, we should band together and support Obama cutting SS? I don't get it. Why can't democrats be against both of these bad ideas? Can't they be opposed to all bad ideas, instead of only the ones that emanate from the republicans? Why should the democrats in congress support the president's attempt to stick the democratic party with the eternal stigma of having "cut social security"? You don't fight horribly bad ideas by supporting really bad ideas. That would appear to be the republican's game plan here, and you are supporting it.

Zandar said...

You'd have a point if "Obama will cut Social Security!" hadn't been the battle cry of that side for the last four years, when he hasn't actually done it. What needs to be done is to remove the cap on taxable benefits, which would easily fix any issues with SS's solvency. My greater point is we're worrying about an Obama "maybe" when we've got Paul Ryan with a "definite".

Professor Fate said...

It's true He hasn't cut social security or imposed the chained CPI or raised the medicare age but it is because each time he's tried the GOP were simply and fortunately too bloody crazy to take the deals that were given to them. It has not been for Obama's lack of trying.

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