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chimpymustgo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-10 10:36 AM
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6. Look at the FACTS. Just a FEW. You know the others.
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Obama clearly signaled his intentions through two recent tactical moves. He relented on ending the Bush-era tax breaks for the top 1% of income earners. The 3% reduction in the top rate accounts for over $1.0 trillion in lost revenues. Prior to the 2010 midterm elections, Obama hinted that he opposed a renewal of the tax breaks. It looked like the president might win this one with speculation that the tax breaks would likely die due to the post midterm atmosphere.

Obama also tipped his hand by backing away from his mid 2011 date to begin the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan. His Secretary of Defense and NATO officials indicated that 2014 was a more likely date. On December 1, 2009, the president said, "" these additional American and international troops will "allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011."

A military insider said, "You never win an endless war, but you can certainly lose one. Premature withdrawal is a guaranteed way of assuring a clear loss."

In addition to these recent moves, the co-chairmen of the president's hand picked Commission on Fiscal Responsibility just announced a proposal for "deep cuts" to Social Security benefits and increase payroll taxes. The co-chairmen were appointed by the president and their recommendations were no surprise to him. Started by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935, Social Security has been a pillar of the Democrat Party ever since. One analyst said, "It's no surprise that Social Security was barely mentioned in the midterm campaigns. The Democrats knew the commission would attack the current program."

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