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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:06 PM

Say it ain't so!! Safety net cuts still in play?

How could that be?

I thought the table had been yanked from underneath such propositions that had never ever existed to begin with.

President Barack Obama urged Congress Tuesday to replace the automatic spending cuts of the budget sequester with a balanced set of deficit reductions that included cuts and revenue. He also indicated that, as far as he's concerned, a "grand bargain" is still possible.

The proposals that I put forward during the fiscal cliff negotiations in discussions with Speaker Boehner and others are still very much on the table. I just want to repeat: The deals that I put forward, the balanced approach of spending cuts and entitlement reform and tax reform that I put forward are still on the table.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/06/1185112/-Austerity-showdown-Safety-net-cuts-still-in-nbsp-play

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Reply Say it ain't so!! Safety net cuts still in play? (Original post)
stupidicus Feb 2013 OP
Ilsa Feb 2013 #1
stupidicus Feb 2013 #3
Ilsa Feb 2013 #6
stupidicus Feb 2013 #15
Ilsa Feb 2013 #19
djean111 Feb 2013 #2
stupidicus Feb 2013 #7
WillyT Feb 2013 #4
stupidicus Feb 2013 #11
Recursion Feb 2013 #5
stupidicus Feb 2013 #12
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #8
JoePhilly Feb 2013 #10
stupidicus Feb 2013 #13
JoePhilly Feb 2013 #9
stupidicus Feb 2013 #14
forestpath Feb 2013 #16
stupidicus Feb 2013 #17
forestpath Feb 2013 #20
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #18
djean111 Feb 2013 #21
stupidicus Feb 2013 #22

Response to stupidicus (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:17 PM

1. As the sign said, we don't need to worry about

The govt taking our guns. We need to worry about them taking our Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:50 PM

3. SO true that is

it's been one of the biggest things I'd hoped I was wrong about.

the last thing this country needs right now is any further erosions in the faith and trust in our government, and I can't think of a better abrasive effort that would achieve that. I'm guessing that some will occur on the basis of it being on the table to begin with.

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Response to stupidicus (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:55 PM

6. Why would our creditors

Have faith in our ability to repay if the govt is willing to screw over its own citizens?

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:18 PM

15. well

perhaps maybe because of the willingness to screw us if necessary to pay them?

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Response to stupidicus (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:42 PM

19. Only if they assume there

Won't be a Greek-styled revolt.

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Response to stupidicus (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:34 PM

2. That will be my line in the sand.

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Response to djean111 (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:56 PM

7. indeed

like many I am having trouble coming to grips with the idea that it has even been put on the table, whether it is taken off or not.

The way the politics in DC continues to drift rightward in this increasingly leftward-leaning country is really something...

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Response to stupidicus (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:53 PM

4. Did You Catch This ???

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Response to WillyT (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:02 PM

11. the first I saw of it was here

http://americablog.com/2013/02/barack-obama-social-security-and-medicare-cuts-are-very-much-back-on-the-table.html

it looks like the message is much the same from all sources -- lube up, just in case.

I left this same message on your link by accident.

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Response to stupidicus (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:53 PM

5. Does the GOP still exist?

Then entitlement cuts are still in play

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Response to Recursion (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:03 PM

12. good point

it is hard to imagine the impetus would be there for it if not for them

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Response to stupidicus (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:57 PM

8. I'm certain they are coming

sooner or later.

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:00 PM

10. They've been predicted here on DU about every 4-6 months since

Obama took office.

His first term is over ... did not happen.

But hey ... fortunately, we have 4 more years during which to predict that he's absolutely going to gut those programs.

And each time that it does not happen, that does not prove Obama does not plan to do it.

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:07 PM

13. I'm not so sure

I think it depends upon how much opposition he gets from the congresspeople. Given the unpopularity of the cuts/age raises and the midterms approaching, he's not doing them any favors either.

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Response to stupidicus (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:58 PM

9. So is this the time when Obama cuts those programs????

Its been predicted about 10 times since Obama took office.

"Obama is about to CAVE!!!!"

DU explodes in terror. Breathless threads about Obama's evil plan. AGGGGGRRRRHHHH!!!!!!!!

Then, nothing.

But hey, maybe this time its actually coming.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:16 PM

14. who said anything about caving?

let's not change the subject to non-alleged caving or to exaggerations like "gutting" the programs, and stick to what he says is "still on the table", no?

What's next, it's not really "on the table" in the useable sense, like wax fruit not intended for eating, having only ornamental value?

Just because the situation/conditions underwhich the actual bartering involving such has yet to occur doesn't mean the time isn't ripe for it now, does it? Perhaps maybe you can enlighten us as to the other ten times in the last four years they were "on the table" in budget negotiations, no?

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Response to stupidicus (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:23 PM

16. They were never NOT in play. Apparently hurting seniors and the disabled is

 

President Obama's definition of "balanced."

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Response to forestpath (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:40 PM

17. sorry

I should have maybe made my sarcasm more clear.

As I've noted many times here, he raised my suspicions a long time ago, in terms of what his actual position on the matter is. There's a big difference however, between holding the pov stated in 2006 that "Too many of us have been interested in defending programs as written in 1938." and actually putting it "on the table" for revisions of the kind proposed.

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Response to stupidicus (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:48 PM

20. I got your sarcasm - I was just being sarcastic, too!

 

It's either that or scream at the egregious betrayal.

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Response to stupidicus (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:42 PM

18. they always will be.

 

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Response to stupidicus (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:44 AM

21. Most of the "hair on fire" I see here is from those swiftly mocking those of us

who calmly announce that Obama putting Medicare and Social Security on the table is a betrayal and/or our line in the sand.
Jeers, like clockwork.
I'm going to take the Occam's Razor approach - if Obama continuously announces that cutting Social Security and Medicare are on his table, instead of at least STARTING from a position of not cutting those programs, then sooner or later he will cheerfully sign off on said cuts. And say the GOP made him do it. And telling us to eat our peas. Or whatever is next down the price line from peas.
I have heard that his hands are tied so many times that sometimes it seems that the White House "negotiation process" is merely a chapter from Fifty Shades of Gray.

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Response to djean111 (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:36 PM

22. yep, that's the case alrighty

it's been quite the goalpost movement from start to finish as well.

It started with disputes about whether he actually intended to put them on the table or not, and when that appeared to be settled, onto the stuff like "hands are tied" you mentioned.

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