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Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:32 PM

Durbin wants new fiscal commission. Wants to raise retirement age, cut COLA.

What is wrong with that man? He wants it to be fashioned like the old fiscal commission, aka the Bowles/Simpson Commission, or the Catfood Commission.

Durbin Proposes Social Security Commission


Durbin wants the commission to make recommendations to make Social Security solvent for 75 years. The panel would be expected to consider increases in the payroll tax, a higher retirement age and a lower annual cost-of-living adjustment for beneficiaries.

"You would basically say to a commission, within a very limited time frame, to come up with a proposal for 75-year solvency of Social Security and then — and this is important — it would be referred to both chambers on an expedited procedure," Durbin told reporters at a Washington breakfast sponsored by The Wall Street Journal…

Durbin's proposed 18-member commission would contain an equal number of Republicans and Democrats but require 14 votes to send a plan to Congress.


In a 1997 article at FAIR, John Hess said it very well. They are going to keep trying to "rescue"
Social Security until great harm is done.

Can Social Security Survive Another Rescue?

The rescue of Social Security has been a staple of American journalism for 20 years now—a story all the more remarkable in that Social Security has never been in peril except from its rescuers.

The rescues have all been based on faulty arithmetic. First, in 1977, the rescuers humbly confessed that they had made a mistake in adjusting benefits to inflation, as a result of which Social Security was threatening to go broke. (They never say the Army is threatening to "go broke," only that it needs more money to do the job that it's asked to do.) Not to worry. Amid the Yuletide hosannas of our massed punditry, our leaders found the courage to enact a correction that would, they swore, assure solvency into the 21st Century.

..In the early '80s, when income taxes were slashed and the great military buildup began, it was clear that some luxuries would have to be sacrificed, like housing, welfare, health and education. But Social Security was the promising target, one with a tax attached that bore mainly on the little folk. Because, however, the little people cherished their Social Security, a frontal attack by the Reagan White House was a political disaster, so a campaign of deception was mounted.

A bipartisan commission under Alan Greenspan went to work on the numbers, while the media developed an unprecedented campaign of vilification of the elderly. On magazine covers, in cartoons and columns and on broadcast commentaries innumerable, they were depicted as hogs, vampires, sharks, gorillas and card sharps scooping up the sustenance of the young. While the investment banker Peter G. Peterson led the media legions, Greenspan fabricated a hurricane warning. Multiplying one false assumption by another (for example, he assumed that the C.P.I. would rise nearly three times as fast as it actually did rise, while his private firm was forecasting an even smaller increase), he predicted that Social Security would go bankrupt in 1983.


Disappointed in Democrats like Durbin who are continuing this effort to cut the safety nets.

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Reply Durbin wants new fiscal commission. Wants to raise retirement age, cut COLA. (Original post)
madfloridian Mar 2013 OP
montanacowboy Mar 2013 #1
donnasgirl Mar 2013 #33
olddots Mar 2013 #47
donnasgirl Mar 2013 #50
KittyWampus Mar 2013 #2
Cleita Mar 2013 #3
KittyWampus Mar 2013 #5
Cleita Mar 2013 #8
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Cleita Mar 2013 #10
rhett o rick Mar 2013 #12
woo me with science Mar 2013 #26
KittyWampus Mar 2013 #4
Dr Fate Mar 2013 #23
still_one Mar 2013 #51
Yavin4 Mar 2013 #6
wishlist Mar 2013 #7
Cleita Mar 2013 #11
global1 Mar 2013 #13
truedelphi Mar 2013 #14
madfloridian Mar 2013 #15
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Bluenorthwest Mar 2013 #18
woo me with science Mar 2013 #20
JDPriestly Mar 2013 #32
YoungDemCA Mar 2013 #41
99th_Monkey Mar 2013 #19
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Dr Fate Mar 2013 #22
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Dragonfli Mar 2013 #25
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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:39 PM

1. Hey Durbin

RAISE THE FUCKING CAP

YO - HEY STUPID

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Response to montanacowboy (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:13 PM

33. How does it feel

To be sold down the river by one of your own

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Response to donnasgirl (Reply #33)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 08:57 PM

47. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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Response to olddots (Reply #47)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 09:33 PM

50. olddots

sorry it's how I feel, I have been disillusioned for awhile now.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:41 PM

2. #1. Where does it specifically say Durbin wants to raise retirement age/cut COLA

#2. Commissions are where ideas like this go to die.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:42 PM

3. It amazes me that when all these attempts fail and when they succeed the outcomes

are failure, that they still go back and try to do the same thing. Isn't that one of the definitions of insanity? Durbin is no Democrat. He just runs as one.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:43 PM

5. Durbin is a strong left Democrat. And the thread title is bullshit.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:45 PM

8. I don't believe he is if he puts stuff like this out there.

A true Democrat would be fighting for lowering the retirement age and bringing the COLA in line with the reality of seniors lives.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:48 PM

9. Commissions are where ideas go to die.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:53 PM

10. You hope.

If the right powers that be are behind those ideas, they might not die.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 04:10 PM

12. If he wants it to die, why doesnt he gut it up and kill it? He should be proposing raising the cap.

If commissions are where things go to die, why isnt this dead from the last commission?

This is a brow-beating technique. Keeping reform alive instead of killing it. Pres Obama should say outright, that he will not sign a bill that cuts Medicare or SS. That would help kill this.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:06 PM

26. ...

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:43 PM

4. Totally misleading thread title> Durbin does not say anywhere he wants to raise/cut anything

"The panel would be expected to consider" is a phrase invented by the author of the article. It refers no quotes from anyone I could find.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:51 PM

23. Good. So it wont happen then.

nt

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 09:54 PM

51. It is so nice to see how open minded they are. They were not that open minded during the ACA debate

When they would not have advocates of the public option even be allowed to be part of the debate

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:43 PM

6. Democrats = Charlie Brown and the football

Dear Sen. Durbin,

There is no way to make Soc. Security solvent. We did this in the 80s. Payroll taxes were raised in order to make it solvent, and look where we are now. The Republicans will raid the fund as soon as it looks solvent.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:44 PM

7. Current colas barely cover health care cost increases each year

I get a small federal pension and have basic family Blue Cross so those measly Colas don't cover much besides the 10 to 15% yearly increases in the Blue Cross premiums ($299 per month for me and husband) plus the ever increasing deductibles and copays that we have to pay ourselves. Colas were already cut back in the 80's and the Reagan era Social Security cuts are still being phased in so that younger beneficiaries get less and less.

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Response to wishlist (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 03:53 PM

11. My finances are similar and I have a similar dilemma. n/t

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 04:14 PM

13. Durbin Is Coming Up For Election 2014....

call and tell him to do the right thing or he won't get your vote.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 04:36 PM

14. rec'ing the topic and

here is some

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:02 PM

15. Durbin in 2011

"We're very, very close," Durbin said. "And there's a sense of urgency. Our relevance is going to be hooked to our timeliness. If we wait too long, we may not be players. And a lot of people are counting on us to be players."

Durbin criticized a resolution put forward by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a liberal independent from Vermont, that says Social Security should not be cut under a deficit reduction plan. Durbin said he would not vote for such a resolution.

"I think Bernie is going too far with his language," Durbin said.

"In 2037, as we know it, Social Security falls off a cliff," he said. "There's a 22 percent reduction rate in payments, which is really not something we can tolerate. If we deal with it today, it's an easier solution than waiting. I think we ought to deal with it. Many of my colleagues disagree, put it off to another day. But from my point of view, leaving it out makes it easier politically, including it, I think, meets an obligation, which we have to senior citizens."

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sen-dick-durbin-social-security-cuts-ruled/story?id=13400977#.UVC65jc6z4s

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #15)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:07 PM

16. Thank you.

The Third Way dance:

Deny, deny, deny, deny, deny....minimize, minimize, minimize, minimize, minimize....rationalize, rationalize, rationalize, rationalize, rationalize.....defend, defend, defend, defend, defend.

It appears we are back at Step One!

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:09 PM

17. K&R

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:35 PM

18. Durbin is a DOMA yes voter now claiming he was wrong to attack the rights of others

But that is what the ruthless, cold, self interested piece of trash blowing in the wind did. Voted against the rights of his own neighbors.
He is not to be trusted and should be replaced.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #18)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:46 PM

20. +1

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #18)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:10 PM

32. In short, he is an opportunist.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #18)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 07:16 PM

41. He's also beholden to Big Finance in New York and Chicago

www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=n00004981

Again-follow the money...

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:44 PM

19. I'm certain that Sen. Durbin's constituents are demanding that he cut Social Security.

NOT.

But I could hazard a guess as to who IS demanding it.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #19)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:46 PM

21. Indeed. nt

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:50 PM

22. Elections have consequences. Far Left Liberals should not have stayed at home in 2012.

Oh well- forntunately our good centrists know how to work with the other side and get things done.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:52 PM

24. Commission

Commission = A bunch of rich people who don't rely on Social Security to make cuts to those that do.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:57 PM

25. These party "leaders" like Obama and Durbin are third way Republicans and take their orders

from Pete Peterson and right wing think tanks such as Third Way and PPI.

Did I call third wayers Republicans? How rude, I forgot that one's entire ideology can be Republican but as long as one Registers as a Democrat one may call oneself that. Even if one does identify oneself publicly as an eighties Republican.

It is a real technicality so I suppose Ideology is irrelevant and I must apologize to the right wing Heritage Foundation "Democrats"

Sorry if I have offended any infiltrators that have earned the right to be Democrats by the magick of party registration, my bad.

You can't believe how sorry I am...

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Response to Dragonfli (Reply #25)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:07 PM

29. These solid DEMS are tricked, fooled or pragmatised into doing/not doing all these things.

This is why we cant always get the ponies- not b/c they dont want to get them for us.

Not their fault. Elections have consequences. We dont have the votes. Keep your powder dry for the next fight. This is chess, not checkers.

Also, we are supposed to call them fake "Democratics"- usually it is only the fake Republicans that can call them Democrats.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:06 PM

27. Chained CPI is a plan to make sure that middle class kids never receive

a penny of their parents money.

Here is how it will work. Mr. & Mrs. S. work all their lives, pay into Social Security and save. Their great dream is to leave just a little to their kids and grandkids when they die.

In 2008, the banks fail due to their own mismanagement and greed. In order to make up the shortfall they limit interest payments on deposits, CDs and all the other kinds of "conservative" investments that seniors are advised to make.

Mr. & Mrs. S. each receive the average amount of Social Security giving them $2,500 per month, a mortgage of $800, insurance, utilities including heat in the winter, Medicare co-payments including the monthly Medicare charge, car upkeep, car insurance, an occasional visit to the grandkids, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas gifts and a very small amount for clothing. They like to be able to contribute a little to their church and to charity.

As time passes, prices rise. They knew when they retired that they would have to cut back. That was part of the bargain. So they cut back on eating red meat to once a week and ate chicken in between. They switched to the most inexpensive of everything. Chicken maybe three times a week. Beef never. Sausage just for the taste in between. Lots of beans. Lots and lots of beans.

They bought fewer and fewer clothes. Faced with a choice, they picked internet over cable.

And now chained CPI is planned. What will it mean for Mr. & Mrs. S. They will eat meat only once a week (remember the promise of "a chicken in every pot" Henry IV of France) and will cut back on their winter heat as well as the use of their car.

Their kids will pick up the tab when grandma and grandpa visit, and help pay for the Thanksgiving turkey as well as some of the healthcare costs. Mr. & Mrs. S. will not leave anything to their children. It costs a lot to die, the medical care, the convalescence, help at home with housework that they can no longer do, and finally assisted living and hospice care.

Meanwhile, the multi-billionaires like the Koch Brothers, the CEOs of the banks, the computer companies, the insurance companies, the import companies, the exploiters, Rupert Murdoch, and the rest will leave their mansions, their fortunes, their airplanes, their businesses, their political philosophy and a bright future for their children -- tax-free.

Forget greed. Forget fairness. Is that reasonable? Why should the middle class pay so that the children of the Kochs, etc. can inherit fortunes tax-free?

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #27)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:16 PM

34. ^^^^^The Truth is on the page.^^^^^

And I'm gawddamned sick of freaking chicken!

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:07 PM

28. We need more Liberals like THIS running the Democratic Party:



Man, how FAR we have fallen when "Democrats" lead the charge to cut Social Security,
and members of a "Liberal" site defend the indefensible.
It seems like every day the Democratic Party tries harder to prove Nader was right.
When is the last time you heard a Democrat Stand Up and unequivocally SUPPORT Social Security like this one?
"I've seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the Fair Deal, and says he really doesn't believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don't want a phony Democrat. If it's a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don't want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign."
---President Harry Truman
QED:2010


Leadership! "The Buck Stops HERE!" NO Excuses!






You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their rhetoric, promises, or excuses.
Solidarity99!
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Response to bvar22 (Reply #28)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:10 PM

31. I thought we decided months ago that we could not imitate FDR or Truman b/c they are racist.

Better for us to imitate non-racists, such as Abe Lincoln or Richard Nixon, for instance.

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Response to Dr Fate (Reply #31)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:55 PM

36. I would jump for joy is our Democratic leadership imitated Ronald Reagan....

...when it comes to protecting the "Entitlements".

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #36)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:59 PM

37. Even if I could prove to you that he is a racist like FDR?

I agree that we should agree with Reagan when he agrees with centrists, but I'm not sure we should go along with any of his FDR style racist and or far-left stuff.

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Response to Dr Fate (Reply #37)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 08:10 PM

43. I see you are fond of that conservative attack on FDR.

Your attempt to discredit FDR is pathetic, historically ignorant, and transparent.
Are you willing to embarrass yourself further by attacking Jefferson, Franklin, and all the other founders of our nation because they were "racists"?

It is not fair to use contemporary standards to force a moral judgement
on a historical figure. It is only valid to judge them by the contemporary standards in which they lived.
Truth is that the USA was a "racist" nation during FDR's time,
and the WAR against the Japanese People was fired by horribly racist propaganda,
much more so than the War on the Germans.

I assume you are referring to The Internment.
I can also assume that you know very little about the conditions on the West Coast immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, or you wouldn't make such a dumb ass statement.
The Spielberg Movie "1941" was an understatement of the hysteria and fear of anything Asian at that time.
The Internment had the overwhelming approval of the American Congress and the American People at that time. There were vigilante gangs "patrolling" the West Coast , and there is documentation of beatings and killings of suspected Japanese.


A logically valid and accurate approach toward the question of FDR's racism would be to see if FDR aided or impeded any advancement of Minorities under his administration.

"In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

*The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

*The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

*The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

*The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

*The right of the people to free, unimpeded travel.

*The right of every family to a decent home;

*The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

*The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

*The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America's own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens."--FDR, 1944


The above was excerpted from FDR's State of the Union speech in 1944.
Please take note of the bolded phrase in the above:
"security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

With THAT statement, FDR established Racial Equality as a policy goal of the Democratic Party.

I challenge YOU to find such an Official Proclamation from ANY Democrat
that pre-dates FDR's policy statement of Racial Equality.





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Response to bvar22 (Reply #43)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 08:35 PM

45. Durbin/Obama is too smart to fall into that trap.

The far left just wants to embarrass Obama And Durbin by making them say embarrassing, liberal, stuff that we did not/do not/ will not have the votes for.

Besides, FDR was a racist. Its not a conservative attack- that fine talking point comes from good Obama supporters here at DU who do not want him to fail like Carter and McGovern did.

Best for DEMS to imitate non-racists like Nixon, Lincoln or Regan(except in this instance).

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Response to Dr Fate (Reply #45)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 08:49 PM

46. The only ones I have seen here that insist that FDR is a "racist"...

..are the ill informed and easily mislead,
and have difficulty examining facts and thinking for themselves.

I see you chose to ignore my challenge to find a single piece of documentation that predates FDR's establishment of Racial Equality as a Democratic Party Goal.
The REASON you can't find any is because that document does NOT exist.

FDR was the 1st American president who established Racial Equality as a democratic party Goal, as I have documented in my previous post.

Provide evidence that contradicts my historical statement,
or further embarrass yourself by insisting that FDR was a "racist"
using only the questionable word of anonymous posters on a Discussion site,
and invalid applications of current standards to historical figures.



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Response to bvar22 (Reply #46)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 09:08 PM

48. Obama never mentions FDR as his inspiration.

He supports Nixon's HC plan, and has mentioned that Lincoln and Reagan inspires him as well (except for this issue, or for any other issue where Reagan could have been called far left.)

As to your challenge, just do a DU search.

You will find many fine DUers pointing out FDR's failure to pass anti-lynching laws. This proves not only that he was a racist- but suggests DUs own FDR nostalgists might be racist by association if they keep insisting that Obama be inspired by FDR instead of non racists like Lincoln, Nixon, or Reagan(except for this instance).

at least that was how I read all those posts. You can search them and see for yourself.

I'm not so sure about Durbin, but I'll bet that he knows better than to imitate FDR style liberals too.


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Response to Dr Fate (Reply #48)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 09:27 PM

49. Again, you are unable to respond to my challenge,

....or supply any documentation or credible cites to support your claims.

That should be enough for anyone else reading this sub-thread to determine who is being an honest broker of the truth,
and who is resorting to innuendo and name calling.

As far as your claim that "Obama never mentions FDR as his inspiration",
I agree.
That is the truth.
However, Obama HAS named Ronald Reagan several times as his inspiration.
Unfortunately, it shows.



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Response to bvar22 (Reply #49)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 11:44 PM

53. Wrong-Obama is not being influenced by Reagan on this one thing.

You even admit that you wish DEMS would emulate Reagan on entitlements- but they are smart enough to only imitate Reagan when he was being centrist, nit when he was being far left.

NOW who is being the truth broker 'rount cheer?

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Response to Dr Fate (Reply #53)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:06 PM

56. Reagan was a far lefty?

holy shit. This site has gone completely nuts.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #56)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:11 PM

58. Apparently, that is how that particular poster views Ronald Reagan...

...and that tells us exactly where he stands on the Political Spectrum.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #46)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:05 PM

55. The person you are debating continually uses "liberal" as an insult

this site has gotten nearly as bad a freeperville and hate radio in that regard. "Liberals are trying to trap Obama". Wow.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:09 PM

30. One Step, Two Step, Third Way Misstep, by Durbin, again, and he ain't lonely, fellow donkey riders!

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:34 PM

35. How to elimintate Social Security?

Keep raising the age until everyone will be DEAD, except the rich with big, fat portfolios, before they can collect benefits. Hello, young people? If Grandpa and Grandma have to keep working, if they aren't fired, all those jobs for YOU will not exist if they can't retire.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #35)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 07:04 PM

39. Hello, Young People?

If you don't want Mom & Dad moving in with YOU when they get old,
better get out there and let the Democratic Party hear:
NO G**DAMNED CUTS to Social Security OR
Medicare.

Hands OFF!!!!!


...or start clearing out that bedroom for Mom & Pop.


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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 07:04 PM

38. I had an Epiphany....

K&R

... I think I figured it all out.. Since the Republicans are going down the drain, what is going to become of them? The Republican Party? They are goners. The ones who are going to become Republicans are the DLC Democrats. The Blue Dogs. The Conservadems. The Jim Durbins, the Blanche Lincolns, my mind just went blank--you fill in the rest.

Yeah, Durbin wants another Commission. That's when they get together and talk something to death, only this time they will have nine of the current "Republicans" and and nine Blue Dogs. Kabuki Theater. Kangaroo Court. Fixed before it begins.

Here's what I say to Dick Durbin:

Sorry, Dick, I ain't buyin' it. No more Commissions. Hands off Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. If you want some money, go to Wall Street. That's where all the effin money is. If you put one greedy finger on the Big 3, you are putting a gun to the heads of all the old folks, all their children and care-givers. You're putting a gun to the head of all the less fortunate who rely on Medicaid. You want some money? Ask your rich donors to create about seven million jobs, and Voila'! there's your money. Bring the jobs back and pay em' higher wages this time. Oh, and here's another effing place you can find most of the money: the MIC.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 07:12 PM

40. 3 of Durbin's 5 top campaign contributors are involved in Wall Street banking/finance.....

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=n00004981

Durbin's second-biggest sector for campaign contributions, after lawyers and law firms, is "Securities and Investment."

Wall Street has been pushing the privatization and dismantling of Social Security and other public programs for a long time.

Follow the money....

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 07:57 PM

42. he`s not running again.....

since illinois is in such a mess his seat will probably go to a republican

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 08:31 PM

44. "an expedited procedure," huh? Sounds like he doesn't want anyone to get a good look

 

at what he's doing.

No wonder.

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Response to forestpath (Reply #44)

Tue Mar 26, 2013, 03:17 AM

54. +1 They keep trying to find ways

to keep the few remaining actual Democrats out of the process.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 10:04 PM

52. "Disappointed in Democrats like Durbin who are continuing this effort to cut the safety nets"

 

Yeah, like our very own president.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:11 PM

57. what is the matter with this man????

he blows my mind repeatedly these days

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