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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:23 PM

Saxby Chambliss Is Breaking With Grover Norquist To Make It Easier To Cut Social Security

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Please spread this far and wide. As a Georgian I am outraged over all the undeserved praise Saxby has been getting.

There has been much fanfare about Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss’s (GA) break from Washington Lobbyist Grover Norquist. On a local television station, Chambliss spoke of breaking with Norquist’s pledge to never raise taxes under any situation, saying, “I care too much about my country. I care a lot more about it than I do Grover Norquist.”

The senator is not breaking from Norquist because he wants to raise taxes on the wealthy or big corporations. Rather, he’s doing it because it will make it easier to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.

For more than a year, Chambliss has been involved with a group of senators who support the Bowles-Simpson plan to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits while lowering the corporate tax rate. This Bowles-Simpson plan closes a few token tax loopholes, and also reduces the popular mortgage interest deduction. Norquist is opposed to closing even the tiny loopholes that the Bowles-Simpson plan closes, so he staunchly opposes the plan altogether — which also means opposing Chambliss.

Chambliss is willing to deal with closing small loopholes in the tax code in order to get to the wider goals of the Bowles-Simpson plan: cutting Social Security benefits by raising the retirement age, cutting Medicare benefits by capping overall spending, and dramatically lowering corporate tax rates.


Read more: http://boldprogressives.org/saxby-chambliss-is-breaking-with-grover-norquist-to-make-it-easier-to-cut-social-security/


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Reply Saxby Chambliss Is Breaking With Grover Norquist To Make It Easier To Cut Social Security (Original post)
Report1212 Nov 2012 OP
still_one Nov 2012 #1
Iggy Nov 2012 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2012 #3
Report1212 Nov 2012 #6
Paladin Nov 2012 #9
Kaleva Nov 2012 #4
Tutonic Nov 2012 #5
tilsammans Nov 2012 #7
Wounded Bear Nov 2012 #8
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #10
Octafish Nov 2012 #11
Report1212 Nov 2012 #12
Scuba Nov 2012 #13

Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:32 PM

1. Raise the cap, no social security problem. If the Democrats are party to cutting or raising the age

Of social security and Medicare they will lose.

I had no illusions when I voted Democratic, it was for the Supreme Court.

If Democrats actually stand by what has been the foundation of their party since FDR, I will be extremely happy

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:41 PM

2. Can't Wait to See How Many

 

"Democrats" are on board with taking the meat axe to our social programs....

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:44 PM

3. That is SO disgusting. I am appalled.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:55 PM

6. What do you expect from Saxby Chambliss?

This is the man who smeared a disabled Vietnam Veteran.

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Response to Report1212 (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:21 PM

9. I Will Never Forgive Him For That. (nt)

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:45 PM

4. The home mortage deduction costs about 80 billion a year in lost revenue..

and it primarily benefits those who are better off.

"In truth, the mortgage interest tax deduction benefits the rich far more than middle-income families."

"Yet the mortgage interest deduction alone costs the Treasury some $80 billion a year."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/31/opinion/a-sensible-limit-to-the-mortgage-interest-deduction.html?_r=0

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:46 PM

5. K & R

n/t

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:16 PM

7. K and R!

And tweeted, too!

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:19 PM

8. Why am I not surprised?



I knew he had to have an ulterior motive. He wouldn't change that much for "the good of the people."

Something about leopards and their spots, I guess.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:32 PM

10. Never trust these people. They are bought and paid for.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:35 PM

11. Compromise we can believe in.

Tax the rich.

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Response to Octafish (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:42 PM

12. More often than not, "bipartisan" is code for help the rich nt

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 05:51 AM

13. Is this the same Saxby Chambliss who attacked Max Cleland's patriotism? Cred = Zero.

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