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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:30 AM
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Sen. Dick Durbin: Social Security Cuts Should Not Be Ruled Out
Source: ABC


Senator Says 'Gang of Six' Have Better Chance than Ryan or Obama to Cut Deficit

By JONATHAN KARL
WASHINGTON, April 19, 2011

Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says the bi-partisan group of senators working to find a way to reduce the deficit -- the so-called "Gang of Six" -- is near agreement on a plan that will chart a middle ground between the House Republican budget and the plan outlined last week by President Obama.

And while other top Democrats say Social Security should be untouched, Durbin says Social Security changes should be made now.

"You have the House Republican budget from Congressman Paul Ryan, who I know and like, which is going to be placed somewhere on the right side of the spectrum. You have the president's suggestion, which will be on the other side of the spectrum. And if and when we reach an agreement, it will be in the middle, a bipartisan effort, which I think has a chance to succeed," Durbin said in an interview for ABC News' "Subway Series."

He expects the Gang of Six -- which, in addition to Durbin, includes senators Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; Mark Warner, D-Va.; and Kent Conrad, D-N.D. -- to agree on a plan shortly after Congress returns from its Easter recess.



Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sen-dick-durbin-social-s...




Fuck you, Dick Durbin, and fuck your self-confessed, fat cat owners.

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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:32 AM
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1. What the hell is wrong with these people? nt
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:46 AM
Response to Reply #1
48. What's wrong with them???
See Reply #2 It's them against US! :grr:
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apnu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 02:24 PM
Response to Reply #48
75. In a word: "Lobbyists" (nt)
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-11 10:47 AM
Response to Reply #75
151. the whole system is corrupt, not just some congresspersons
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tomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 06:28 AM
Response to Reply #48
127. they are democrats. that's what's wrong. nt
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SugarShack Donating Member (979 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:18 PM
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63. Where is Senate sacrifice? Take them off pensions, we don't have the money, put them on Soc Sec.
They'll fix it real quick!
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24601 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 06:41 PM
Response to Reply #63
93. They are on social security. Every member of congress has,
since 1985, contributed to social security whether they are under the old (1984 & before) or new retirement systems.

Civil servants in CSRS (Pre-1985) were not required to convert to FERS and those who opted to remain in CSRS do not contribute to social security. Their retirement system, to which they contribute 6 or 7 percent of their salary is solvent & in good shape.

When the civil service converted to FERS for those hired after 1984, the government anniuty was cut by 50% and we try to make up for that by contributing to social security and contributing up to 15% of our pay to the thrift savings plan. Our employer (the civil service) contributes 1% and will match up to 5%.
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Samantha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 09:30 AM
Response to Reply #1
140. They think we are powerless to stop them
and too dumb to see through their maneuvers.

Sam
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:32 AM
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2. Both parties are wholely owned subsidiaries of the Corporatists.
Fuck ALL OF THEM.
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SugarShack Donating Member (979 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:17 PM
Response to Reply #2
62. Indeed...they give up their control for equal control with the repigs.
Take Durbin out.
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ozone_man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 08:33 PM
Response to Reply #2
102. Unfortunately, yes.
It's a sad realization. As much as we've said it over the years, we've held out hope that it wasn't true. But, it almost certainly is true. Only small degrees of separation. At least our party has the better orators, as we wage war on the world militarily and our own country financially.
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 07:57 AM
Response to Reply #2
129. You got it.
> Both parties are wholely owned subsidiaries of the Corporatists.
> Fuck ALL OF THEM.

Nothing more to be said.
:-(
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raouldukelives Donating Member (945 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 09:24 AM
Response to Reply #2
139. My sentiments exactly.. nt
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-11 10:48 AM
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152. +1
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:34 AM
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3. We are screwed. If Durbin is going along with SS 'reform', there
is little hope. As for 'D' Warner, I saw him on TV the other day spouting the GOP meme that SS is bankrupt.
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juajen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:41 AM
Response to Reply #3
26. Bullshit, there's no hope?
We can win this fight as long as we fight. No laying down for these creeps.
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:01 AM
Response to Reply #26
31. I said there is 'little' hope, not no hope. I'm cynical, I don't
expect many of the Democrats to fight for SS no matter how much we ourselves fight for it.

I really, really hope I'm wrong. I'm under 55 and will be affected by any changes to SS or Medicare.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:04 AM
Response to Reply #26
32. Like we won public option and no Obama tax cuts for the rich?
Both those had over 70% support from the public. On the public option, we had demonstrations and many, like me, contacted the WH, my Senators (Kerry and Kennedy) and my Rep at least onice a week.

What do you suggest?
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demwing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 03:12 PM
Response to Reply #32
79. But the truth is we didn't fight
I suggest a general strike
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kysrsoze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 06:52 PM
Response to Reply #3
96. You need not worry that much. Durbin is my Senator and he was bought
... a long time ago. He talks like a progressive, but when it comes to back room deals and laying down on his constituents, he's just like every other shitbag blue dog. I can't stand that ass. But again, you can't look for him to be the bellwether of liberal leanings.
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trud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 08:21 AM
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133. SS is not bankrupt
Just in case anyone has bought into this, let me note that SS should be solvent. Take a look at the statement you can get from SS about how much you've been taxed for SS each year, calculate what that would amount to using compound interest over all those years, remember it will still be earning interest while it is paying out benefits, and you'll see the government is making a tidy profit on each person now receiving regular SS.

I have several times heard Republicans, including the late William Buckley, whom I always thought was intelligent although misguided, total up the taxes and completely ignore the compound interest which makes a GIANT difference.
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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:37 AM
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4. Flip side of the same coin. So what brand of cat food is your favorite? nt
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:20 AM
Response to Reply #4
38. Have you checked the price of cat food lately?
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demwing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 03:13 PM
Response to Reply #38
80. Tuna is cheaper
and you know (mostly) what's in the can...
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 06:52 PM
Response to Reply #80
95. Beans are cheaper than tuna.
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:37 AM
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5. Let's just tell it like it is people!
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 09:39 AM by CoffeeCat
Let's stop pretending that Republicans are the evil bastards and Democrats are the lily-livered, spineless
jellyfish who get taken advantage of by the mean Republicans.

The corporate/neoncon powerhouse that controls it all--including all politicians who have any power--want
to dismantle the safety net in this country--which includes Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid.

They will do it, one way or another--because it is what the powerful corporations want. They purchased it
through campaign contributions--and all relevant politicians will see that these corporations get what
they purchased.

Does anyone really believe that it's a mistake, a fluke or an oversight--when we cut home-heating assistance
for the elderly in the dead of winter--Bank of America and GE pay zero taxes on their billions in profits?

What galls me---is that these thugs aren't happy with their billions. Oh no...they aren't completely satisfied
being filthy rich. They won't be done until they have it all---and they HAVE CAUSED UNTOLD SUFFERING.

Do people understand that the power elite is not only greedy--they are sadistic pigs who will not truly be
happy cruising in their yachts and flying in their private planes--until they know that they've caused misery,
pain and death to others who they consider to be objects. And those object are 98 percent of the population.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:11 AM
Response to Reply #5
35. +1 Thing is, what in hell do we do about it?
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 11:13 AM by No Elephants
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neoralme Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:58 AM
Response to Reply #35
57. I keep thinking that something will come along that will bring the
Democrats or anyone out onto the street with pitchforks (metaphor). But I now realize that won't happen. Look at what makes up the voting public in this country. Sure, there are people who'll still hit the street and fight and die when the time comes. But not many... Much easier to simply email Bernie Sanders or your representative who'll smile as he's throwing the wad of paper into the roundfile. What will probably happen, at least I hope will happen, if the conservatives try and do meaningful cuts to Social Security, the boomers will hit the streets, ready to really to fight. That's what I'm hoping. There are things happening in States now so horrible, I cannot for the life of me understand why their statehouses are still standing. It is simply a different mentality. Right now, there should be people sitting around at secret locations staring at a chalkboard where some paramilitary type is doing diagrams of how the next mission will be accomplished. Oh, well...
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:22 AM
Response to Reply #5
41. Yes it is time for everyone Dem and repuke alike to wake the fuck up!
We are being played by both sides who are owned by money. Only massive work stoppage, protests and civil disobedience will change it.
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:57 AM
Response to Reply #41
53. The one fading tool (weapon?) we have
is our votes. That's it! Not just your personal vote, but those of folks you know who might well vote as big money tells them to. It's up to USA (US All) to make these folks see the light! And time IS of the essence, since you can easily see now that laws are advancing to where votes - whole lots of votes - can be summarily dismissed to suit a desired outcome. Think Bush V Gore or the recent judgeship election in Wisconsin.

We progressives (I'm fairly certain that the title of Democrat does NOT suit me anymore) have to get IN FRONT of the decisions instead of bitching about them as they happen before our very eyes!
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tomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 06:32 AM
Response to Reply #53
128. voting won't work. elections are rigged. period.
we need millions in the street for extended periods and we need a third party that actually represents those people.

nothing else will work. when enough people get that we will have a chance.
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 11:48 AM
Response to Reply #128
144. So...... what?
Come election day we just don't bother - but instead take to the streets with signs?
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tomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-21-11 06:20 AM
Response to Reply #144
148. interesting question.
sure, go vote. just don't expect anything to change because of it.

i'm all in favor of voting in a system with integrity (and that includes a media with integrity). frankly the failure of the american people to protest the 2000 selection and the 2004 ohio vote rigging is quite discouraging as to our ability to be motivated enough to do what needs to be done. couple that with the failure of the democratic party to take any substantial action toward securing the vote and you have a recipe for absolute oligarchy.

so sure, go vote, see where it gets you.
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-21-11 11:30 AM
Response to Reply #148
149. No -no....
I won't vote. You've convinced me it's a waste of time.
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neoralme Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:02 PM
Response to Reply #41
60. Yeah, and those options won't last much longer. Give me a call
when you're ready for a real mission. I'd rather die on the street doing something than at a keyboard writing my representative so he can do a meaningless floor speech.
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queerart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:37 AM
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6. Cool!


The government gets the populace into financial trouble......


THEN it becomes EVERYONE'S responsibility to help them dig out.....


.... and please remind me.... how much of their health care, pension, and yearly raise are the good Senators forgoing?


That's right.... not one fucking dime.... ahhhh, ok........ thanks for that clarification!

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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:41 AM
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7. Sold down the river
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:45 AM
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8. These are some REAL bastards
who have no mother.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:47 AM
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9. And he's more liberal than the ex-Senator from Illinois.
That's the chilling part.
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iamtechus Donating Member (868 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:48 AM
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10. The Gang of Three (so far)
Mark Warner, D-Va.
Kent Conrad, D-N.D
Dick Durbin, D-Ill

Let's start a list.
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:53 AM
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11. And yet . . .
we have lots of money to fight 3 wars, and give the wealthy their tax cuts, and give the banksters their bailouts. Are we beginning to see what major political parties do to us? The two-party system are opposite wings of the same plane and we're not even IN the plane, much less flying it.

The people should not be afraid of their government, governments should be afraid of the people. When do we make the government accountable? When do we make the political parties accountable? When do we make our elected officials accountable? When do you demand more from your party and when do you walk away and start a new plan because the current one is not only NOT working to our advantage, it's stripping us of our democracy and our way of life?

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Dyedinthewoolliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:53 AM
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12. So the question is;
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 09:53 AM by Dyedinthewoolliberal
what are we going to do about this? Right now, the American population is like a huge herd of sheep. A few barking dogs keep us in line and we go where we are directed. I like to think of those old cartoons where someone would mess with a beehive. Remember the shitstorm that always took place then?
So what's it gonna be America? :shrug:
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:58 AM
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13. Dick Durbin SHOULD Be Ruled Out
I got a good, steel, four foot ruler, right here....
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bossy22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:00 AM
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14. the bigger issue is medicare
SS can easily be fixed by eliminating the tax cap and raising the retirement age for full benifits to 68. There is no easy fix to medicare
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:13 AM
Response to Reply #14
17. Just eliminating the tax cap is enough.
And Medicare for all, outlawing insurance companies, would save at least 50% of what the country spends now on "healthcare."
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 06:54 PM
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98. Hold the horses, folks. Let's get to what the *article*, not the *title* said...
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 07:22 PM by freshwest
--Admittedly, it freaked me out to hear this from one of the most *liberal* senators there. Although his calling Ryan a 'friend' shows questionable taste, there will be no BBQ of GOPigs in the Senate--

'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."'

--The word *cut* is not in that statement, just that something has to be done now because of demographics. This has taken place in all the social democracies, a strain due to aging populations. But they have stronger economies because they are social democracies and all that entails for their economies, which are stronger than ours, bar corruption and thefts by the money masters.--

'One specific change Durbin said should be considered right now is reducing Social Security benefits to the wealthy.'

--THAT IS THE CUT. So the article title is misleading. It's right in line with taxing the rich, is it not? Why did the writer choose to put that spin on it? Typically it's been done to demoralize Dems. And it works so well, doesn't it?

He nails part of the source of the real problem too:

'"Many of my friends on the left -- they are my friends, these are my roots politically -- are going through the stages of grief: denial, anger, frustration, sadness, resignation," Durbin said. "They are going through those stages because they understand that borrowing 40 cents for every dollar you spend,

*whether it's for missile or food stamps, is just unsustainable.*

But you've got to do something."

--Folks, we have to stop spending money on making mass weapons of destruction, be they missiles, bombs and going to war for oil. Our country spends money on things that give us nothing in return except some twisted perversion of national security and for an antiquated, unsustainable industrial model.

If we are destroyed economically and environmentally, no amount of bombs dropped in other countries will help. So we need to push our representatives on this area, to stop this borrowing and making sure we change course on every level.

Obama gave a detailed speech in his campaign about how every dime of the money for the wars is totally on loan from China. Just as the Vietnam war took its toll on our national debt, the money borrowed from Japan had to be repaid. But it was not always done with money. It was done by sacrificing our manufacturing base to Japan and we have done the same with China. We cannot afford these wars, they are destroying our future here at home.

:rant:

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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:04 AM
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15. what a fool
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:09 AM
Response to Reply #15
34. Probably why he made it into the Gang of 6.
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 03:59 PM
Response to Reply #34
83. that would be my guess as well
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groundloop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:06 AM
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16. Wow - I'm represented on that commission (by Saxby Chambliss, a truly evil bastard)
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 10:08 AM by groundloop
I didn't realize Saxby Chambliss was on that commission - we're screwed. He's such an evil bastard that during his initial campaign for the senate he spread lies about our former Senator Max Cleland, claiming that Senator Cleland wasn't interested in, nor knew anything about our national security when in fact Max Cleland lost 3 limbs in Vietnam while Saxby Chamblis sat out Vietnam thanks to a medical deferment.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:23 AM
Response to Reply #16
21. In 08 we got stuck with Chambliss in a special election
the recent 'Obama wave' voters refused to come vote him out, the President elect refused to speak out, and I will always remember hip hop star Ludicrous for going down there and trying to get the vote out. He tried when others simply did nothing, and now we have Saxby, thanks to the Obama Only voters, who repeated their class act in 2010.
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:21 AM
Response to Reply #21
40. Sure, the "Obama Only" voters did that.
http://wikisum.com/w/Converse:_The_nature_of_belief_sys...

In Brief

A great majority of people neither adhere to a full, complete set of beliefs which produces a clear ideology nor do they have a clear grasp of what ideology is. This is measured by a lack of coherence in responses to open-ended questions. Ideology of elites is not mirrored by the masses and voter revolt to a political party does not reflect ideological shifts.

Converse analyzes open-ended interview questions to measure conceptualization of ideology. He concludes that the liberal-conservative continuum is a high level abstraction not typically used by the man in the street because of response instability and lack of connections made between answers. There is no underlying belief structure for most people, just a bunch of random opinions. Even on highly controversial, well-publicized issues, large portions of the electorate do not have coherent opinions. In fact, many simply answer survey questions as though they are flipping a coin.

Though some political sophisticates do structure their opinions in a larger ideological framework, such structure is rare. This level of political sophistication (one's "level of conceptualization") is correlated positively with the respondent's level of education, degree of political involvement, and amount of political information.

Key points: Most people do not have strong belief systems; that is, they do not think ideologically. A minority of people have fixed preferences and answer survey questions consistently, but most simply give random answers. Most people do not interpret politics through an ideological lens.


Keep playing the blame game. It's all you've got.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:33 AM
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43.  Chambliss is not why we're screwed. We're screwed because some
some genius decided none of the Dems in the Gang should be Dems who believe in leaving OASDI, Medicare and Medicaid alone and our President is not going to veto.

No, Chambliss is not representing you on that "Gang." There are 6 men in the gang, not 50, so representation is not by state. It's by Party. In fact, most of our representation in the cesspool of D.C. has more to do with Party (and lobbyists) than with state, except maybe when it comes to pork.

3 Dems who want cuts to OASDI, Medicare and Medicaid, 50 other Senators in the Dem Caucus and the guy in the WH are representing you in this. Let's see how well they do that.
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timdog44 Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:15 AM
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18. I am ashamed
to be from Illinois. I am almost ashamed to be from America. What is so ironic is that these same guys will eventually be taken down too. They sell out for thousands so a few can make millions and billions. All on the backs of those who according to Christianity's Jesus are the least of these. What you do to the least of these you do to me. That to me is what the mantra of the Democratic party is. What you do to the least of these you do to me. And then act accordingly. I am ashamed to be from Illinois. Almost ashamed to be from America. We'll see what happens.
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druidity33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 09:11 AM
Response to Reply #18
137. don't be too hard on IL...
it's happening everywhere. This is a good place to commiserate.

Welcome to DU!

:hi:

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_ed_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:17 AM
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19. These "Gangs" are nothing more than
the Senators who are still willing to do the bidding of their corporate masters no matter how bad it looks in public. Wholly owned.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:20 AM
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20. Durbin love Ryan, how sweet is that!
Durbin is a conservative hack who might as well be a Republican.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:31 AM
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22. We should confront Durbin about the fact that we have bankrupted
our country fighting in Iraq and the oil companies of the world took the Iraq oil money that Rove told us would pay for the war.

This cannot stand. Durbin is lying to us.

We don't need austerity measures. We need war reparations for us and for the Iraqi and other people and their governments who were forced to pay the price for this war for oil by our governments on behalf of those same oil profiteers.

Will the price of oil go up? Yes. As it should. We have to find other sources of energy or change our lifestyles.
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:31 AM
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23. Those are all rethuglicans!
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 10:39 AM by xxqqqzme
Even the ones w/ the 'D' behind there names. Conrad and Warner are no democrats. Come back when you have at least three democrats among those names. And except for Virginia, those are all donor states. Don't want a senator representing 10 people in Idaho deciding anything affecting my family's life. Bipartisan my ass.

know and likes ryan huh? I'm so happy for you dick. I am disgusted by you.
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:33 AM
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24. Just raise the cap, and institute a fixed income tax. That will solve the problem /nt
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Rage for Order Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:38 AM
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25. I'm guessing cuts in pay and benefits for Congress HAVE been ruled out though.
Isn't that right, little Dick Durbin?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:38 AM
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45. The Constitution rules that out, and for good reason.
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Rage for Order Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:54 AM
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52. The Constitution rules what out, exactly?
Congress determines its own pay and benefits package. In fact, they get a raise every year unless they specifically vote NOT to accept it.
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RantinRavin Donating Member (423 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 03:20 PM
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81. The 27th Amendment
No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 05:44 PM
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87. That's right - pay cuts would take effect after the next election cycle.
I personally feel that they should all bid on what they'll pay to take the job - since it's worth billions to their corporate overlords. Let the taxpayers in on the largesse.

AND would have the advantage of being open about the whorehouse it is.

Apologies to all actual whores, who work in often disgusting conditions to get THEIR money.
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Rage for Order Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 05:59 PM
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92. We just had an election of representatives in November.
Besides, the pay cut doesn't have to take effect immediately. They can schedule it to kick in on January 1, 2012 if they prefer.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:42 AM
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27. Durbin can suck it. Thief enabler. (nt)
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 10:42 AM by w4rma
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newfie11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:48 AM
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28. is there anyone in congress NOT on the take n/t
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:25 AM
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42. Just look for the guy who gets bashed more than anyone.
Dennis Kucinich.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:44 AM
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47. I'd bet my life Bernie Sanders is clean and I'm pretty sure (so far) about Franken and
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 11:46 AM by No Elephants
some former Senators. IMO, the rest have either sold out to one interest or another or are "pragmatic" enough to behave indistinguishably from the ones who have sold out.
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:49 AM
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49. Shame on me for forgetting Bernie.
My own rep, Tim Ryan, was a supporter of HR 676, so I'd like to include him, as well.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:41 AM
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46. "is there anyone in congress NOT on the take".....YES!!
But the "Centrist" wing of the Democratic Party does their very best to marginalize him and the handful of others.


Unlike the other candidates, I am not funded by those corporate interests.
I owe them no loyalty, and they have no influence over me or my policies.
---Dennis Kucinich


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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:57 AM
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54. IMO, there are no more wings to the Democratic Party. The DLC types have taken it over, with
the exception of a very few individuals--and about all those individuals can do at this point is vote "yes" or "no" on the crap bills that come to a vote, much as the 100 or so co-sponsors of HR 676 ended up voting "yes" on health care "reform."
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newspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:48 PM
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114. YES!!!
It is much easier to side with the ruling elite than fight for the people. However, when Little boots was selected one of the first things that Cheney apparently did, was have a meeting with the repug congress and informed them that they wouldn't be working with the democrats-that the great dictator was going to do the dictating and they were supposed to follow along while completely shutting out the democrats. And they did their job very well. After Little Boots basically destroyed this country, and the democrats finally lead, what do the democratic administration do? Well, we got to keep some of Little Boot's retreads, we go to work with the repugs. It's not because they're spineless, it's because they're sleeping in the same damn bed with the repugs. And when Little Boot's great pharma giveaway that has actually cost us more (and no more arbitration with pharma for cheaper drugs) those few repug senators who knew it was a hit against seniors were threatened and/or coerced to change their votes.

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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:56 AM
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29. Why aren't they voting
to give themselves a pay cut, their staffers a pay cut, to pay for their own health insurance like every other American does, and to pay for their own pensions, then?

They need to lead by example. You want to cut social security, you go first.
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Travelman Donating Member (326 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 02:03 PM
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74. They can't.
The XVII Amendment prevents that from happening. They can do something about pay and pensions and whatnot to take effect after the 2012 elections, but they can't do anything about it in the meantime.

Kinda shot ourselves in the foot with that one, unfortunately.
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 05:47 PM
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88. So they do it, and it takes effect NEXT year, 2012, instead of this year.
They won't even discuss it. I've sent unanswered emails to my rep, and both senators, and didn't even get back the usual "Thank you for contacting us and rest assured that we wouldn't do anything for you if you were actually on fire, including pissing on you. Conserve precious bodily fluids. Love and kisses, Your Duly Elected Master
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Travelman Donating Member (326 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 12:20 PM
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145. Oh, believe me, I completely agree with you
about our elected royalty not wanting to even condescend to look down their noses at us peons down here. And I think someone with some stature would be wise to challenge them to make cutting their own pay and/or benefits part of the debate about the 2012 budget (they can take pay cuts since obviously they're not going to get laid off). Good luck getting that to happen, though.
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amb123 Donating Member (764 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 10:59 AM
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30. NOT ONE THIN DIME, SENATOR!
No cuts! Ever!

:argh:
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:06 AM
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33. I guess the list of those who won't work against us is really short. Nt
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Downwinder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:13 AM
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36. When Senators start living on Social Security,
then we can talk about it.
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OwnedByFerrets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:13 AM
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37. Fuck you TOO, asshole. Cut your own fucking neck, not ours
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:20 AM
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39. Fuck that.
nt
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pmorlan1 Donating Member (763 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:36 AM
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44. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
It's not searching for middle ground when you have the far right plan of Paul Ryan represented but exclude the far left plan of Bernie Sanders. You will not end up in the middle by using Obama and Ryan as your poles but far to the right of center. Do they think we are idiots?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:00 PM
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58. +1
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SoapBox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:53 AM
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50. ...I paid in...and my employers have paid in (for me)...By GAWD, I better get my money back!
...why do I feel that these damned pols are always lying?
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SoapBox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:54 AM
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51. p.s......Applause!
"Fuck you, Dick Durbin, and fuck your self-confessed, fat cat owners."

***APPLAUSE...Standing Ovation***
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abqmufc Donating Member (590 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:57 AM
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55. Fucking douche
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pmorlan1 Donating Member (763 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:58 AM
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56. Comments to Senator Dick Durbin
I went to Dick Durbins website and sent him a message but because I live in Kentucky it would not accept my comments so I'm posting them here.

Dear Senator Durbin,

May I start by saying I used to admire your work in the Senate. Having said that I'd like to comment on an ABC news article I read today about Social Security and the Gang of 6.

It's not searching for middle ground when you have the far right plan of Paul Ryan represented but exclude the far left plan of Bernie Sanders. You will not end up in the middle by using Obama and Ryan as your poles but far to the right of center. Do you think we are all idiots?

I've been a Democrat all of my adult life and I have to say I'm totally ashamed to call myself one today. How do you people sleep at night? There have been no banksters held accountable for what they did to this economy yet the little people are once again asked to make major sacrifices. The politically well connected can torture, rob the treasury and they are handed massive tax cuts and given get out of jail free cards. Where is equal justice under law? We not only have a two-tiered system of justice in this country but we have representatives of the people who don't represent the people but corporations and the top 2%.

My Party is no better than the Republicans and so I will be searching for third party candidates whenever and wherever I can find them. It may take awhile but eventually we will rid our country of this cancer that is corrupting our government.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 06:09 AM
Response to Reply #56
126. You CAN call and fax:
Being a Conservative Democrat is no excuse for Warner to praise Paul Ryan's fraudulent budget and then attaching Social Security to any deal the Gang of Six come up with. Here's the transcript from Face The Nation.

Durbin should hear from the base and hear loudly so contact his office civilly, but often.

Washington, DC 20510
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: (202)224-2152
Fax: (202)228-0400

CHICAGO Office
230 South Dearborn Street
Suite 3892
Chicago, IL 60604
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone :(312) 353-4952
Fax: (312) 353-0150

SPRINGFIELD Office
525 South 8th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (217)492-4062
Fax: (217)492-4382



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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:01 PM
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59. All in all he's just another...
Dick with no balls...
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:03 PM
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61. Cat Food Commission and Gang of 6 = cya kabuki at taxpayers' expense.
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 12:04 PM by No Elephants
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FreeStateDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:24 PM
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64. Six wealthy, old, white, males meeting in secret call the shots, BULLSHIT!!
I posted this crap on Sunday and the "moderator" deemed it was not news and moved it to general discussion. Here is what I said then and it is becoming fact:

With Durbin in on it, BO is engineering the big SELL-OUT. The last senate gang compromised into accepting Roberts and Alito and who among us believes this will turn out any better. BO has done his posturing for the left this week and now he collapses like a cheap suit but unemployment benefits will continue so the fucking republic is safe. Political theater turns into a tragedy for the working American's future. We can now hear that distant rumble of the WH BULLSHIT machine winding up to a full-tilt boogie load dump into the fan. Gold bricks and the Brooklyn Bridge are on the table and corporate America is so happy they could shit themselves. I am so proud to be a Roosevelt Democrat not associated in any manner with the current DINO party.

Here is the article:

Source: NY Times

By JACKIE CALMES
Published: April 16, 2011

WASHINGTON Days after President Obama called for forming a bipartisan group in Congress to begin negotiating a $4 trillion debt-reduction package, the parties have not even agreed to its membership. Yet six senators three Democrats, three Republicans say they are nearing consensus on just such a plan.

Whether the so-called Gang of Six can actually deliver something when Congress returns from a recess in May could determine whether Democrats and Republicans can come together to resolve the nations fiscal problems before the 2012 elections.

As Mr. Obama and Republican leaders have warred publicly over the budget, this small group of senators has spent four months in dozens of secretive meetings in offices at the Capitol and over dinner at the suburban Virginia home of Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat. The senators have weathered criticism from bloggers and even colleagues, including the leaders of their own parties, who oppose tampering with Social Security or taxes. The gang nearly collapsed several times, including two weeks ago.

The groups oldest members Senator Richard J. Durbin, 66, a progressive from Illinois who counts the Senates only socialist as a friend and ally, and Senator Saxby Chambliss, 67, a genial Georgia conservative whose nasty first campaign left lingering bad feelings among Democrats, and who is a confidant of Speaker John A. Boehner illustrate that even with the mounting federal debt intensifying the partisan divide over spending and taxes, the severity of the fiscal threat is forging unlikely alliances.



http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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on point Donating Member (613 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:29 PM
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65. Lets eliminate Senate retirement fund and transfer money to SSI fund
DO NOT CUT SOCIAL SECURITY UNLESS YOU ALSO PLAN TO STOP PAYING ON OTHER TREASURY DEBT LIKE T-BILLS FIRST!!!

But hey politician, I know a (small) way you could help save it!

ELIMINATE ALL RETIREMENT BENEFITS, INCLUDING MEDICAL CARE FOR SENATE AND CONGRESS AND TRANSFER FUNDS TO SSI TO HELP SAVE IT!

(No worry politic ans, then you can draw on the fund the way the rest of us do....)
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Jim_Shorts Donating Member (355 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:30 PM
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66. SS does not add 1 penny to the debt
If THE EMERGENCY IS THE NATIONAL DEBT - then why are we talking about SS ??

Anytime someone puts up a pie chart that shows our budget and it includes SS, medicare, defense & other programs -IT IS A LIE !!!

SS is self funded and runs a surplus, it is not part of the deficit and I am tired of the talking heads lumping it in one big pie and acting like it is part of the budget problem.

And why is it the repugs have the house, so they push an extreme right wing agenda but the dems have the senate and put together a bipartisan commission and are headed towards a CONservative position. Seems to me, with the congressmen we have it's HEADS THEY WIN - TAILS WE LOSE
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 05:48 PM
Response to Reply #66
90. Thank you!
Correct!
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Psephos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:12 PM
Response to Reply #66
115. Paying back the "borrowed" SS trust funds adds trillions to the debt.
Where else do you think those repayments will be coming from?

There's a box of IOUs "self-funding" the SS "surplus." They are worth nothing unless they are repaid out of general funds...which can only be done by adding to the deficit, given that the Obama administration has said that it will take ten years to get the deficit down by half. (Other, more credible forecasts are less sanguine.)

Meanwhile, the snake swallowed an elephant long ago, and that bulge (baby boomers about to retire) is working its way down into SS's belly. Going forward, SS will be in permanent red ink in a few years, and the farther out you go, the worse it gets.

Math doesn't lie.



Source: CBO "Combined OASDI Trust Funds; January 2011 Baseline" 26 Jan 2011.
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Luciferous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:34 PM
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67. He likes Paul Ryan?!
:puke:

Dick Durbin is a sellout just like the rest of them.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:38 PM
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68. Once Democrats have yielded the high ground of support for SS & Medicare to the Republicans,
then it's over. That support is probably one of the most substantial things which differentiates us, Democrats, from Republicans. Once that support fails, the rest of the dominoes will fall.
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HankyDubs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 01:02 PM
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69. You suck, Dick
:argh:
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FlyByNight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 01:21 PM
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70. "Plan that will chart a middle ground"
Wonderful. A "middle ground" between theocratic, fascist Rs and largely conservative Dems? I hope the corporate money is worth your "conscience".

Sure, just ignore the facts about Social Security and echo the Beltway policy fetish of the month.

Go fuck yourself, Dick. Elitist scum. You're part of the problem.

:grr:
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bullwinkle428 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 01:46 PM
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71. This was the entire point of the "Gang of Six" - use the whacko Ryan plan
as a way to frame a watered-down version of it as an acceptable alternative.
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NCarolinawoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 03:00 PM
Response to Reply #71
78. Exactly! n/t
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 01:46 PM
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72. I had to check to make sure this wasn't a parody in The Onion
UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE that Dick Durbin -- my Democratic Senator from Illinois -- actually said those things.

The Repukes stake out a position ludicrously far out on the right, and a Democratic leader agrees to meet them halfway before the real negotiations begin ... ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??
:mad: :wtf: :argh: :nuke:

The rethugs would NEVER start out by agreeing to meet us halfway ... they draw their fucking line, wait for us to move toward it, then -- if the spineless Democrats are lucky -- they'll be met halfway between that line and the already-conceded halway point.

This just makes me want to :puke: :puke: :puke:
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 01:51 PM
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73. Hmmm...how to put this respectfully..
Fuck you and the elephant you rode in on, Durbin.

Best I can do.
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NCarolinawoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 02:59 PM
Response to Reply #73
76. Follow the chess moves.
All of this is based on the Simpson/Bowles plan.

Who appointed the Simpson/ Bowles catfood commission, and didn't fire Simpson after his outrageous comments?
(Foolish me, I actually expected him to be fired).

Who has always been one of Obama's closest allies? Hint-- he's a senator from Illinois.

I believe we finally have our long awaited chess game going on. :mad:
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Babel_17 Donating Member (948 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 03:00 PM
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77. Kick! Lines have been crossed, time for only real democrats to enjoy our support (nt)
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 03:30 PM
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82. Durbin should all over himself.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 04:57 PM
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84. Even though Social Security is not the problem...
they are thinking of fucking it up anyway.
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ReggieVeggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 05:06 PM
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85. CUTS?!?!
That's MY money.

Pay for your wars with your own money. Social Security belongs to me.
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 05:40 PM
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86. Another 'Gang'-related crime about to go down, I see.
:grr:
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 05:48 PM
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89. This is criminal.
The Social Security trust fund was robbed in order to steal Iraq's oil and give it to the oil corporations. The 1000 British documents prove that fact.

The oil corporations should be required to pay the money for their war back into the Social Security trust fund.

That is the solution pure and simple. BP needs to start paying taxes and needs to pay us back for what we spent on the war and the repair of damages in the Gulf. And the damages in the Gulf have not yet shown themselves fully. There are lots more damages in the Gulf to come.
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 05:56 PM
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91. NO. nt
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 05:59 PM by woo me with science
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reggie the dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 06:46 PM
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94. if he touches social security i will not vote for him ever again
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 08:04 AM
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130. You think that would make a difference?
1) He doesn't give a shit about any individual voter - none of them do.

2) Your honest protest will be outweighed by the sheep who "hold their nose & vote" anyway.

3) Even if - by some minor miracle - he was kicked out, he'll go straight into a
very cushy position that will last right up to the point where he doesn't want any
more regular income (other than interest/dividend payments) so *even* *that* outcome
doesn't provide any incentive whatsoever for him to do the right thing.

"It's a big club and you ain't in it."
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Samantha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 09:36 AM
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141. I believe he is retiring
which is why he was a "safe" choice to put on this committee.

Sam
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Autumn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 06:54 PM
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97. Don't worry Sen. Dick, you guys will
figure out a way to make damn sure they are not ruled out. Fucking assholes
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 08:26 PM
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99. The only rationale for discussing social security and the deficit in the same sentence
Is if your intent is to stop paying your debts.

This is a fundamental issue. Reasonable people can't disagree, nor can they compromise. When elected officials say this, they have decided to discard the social contract. This government no longer serves by the consent of the governed.

It is a line which people who fear anarchy wouldn't cross.

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moondust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 08:28 PM
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100. "The billionaires are going to want that money," he added.
:eyes:
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 08:29 PM
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101. O boy.....
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t0dd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:54 PM
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103. Sen. Dick Durbin: Social Security Cuts Should Not Be Ruled Out
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 09:32 PM by t0dd
Source: ABC News

Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says the bi-partisan group of senators working to find a way to reduce the deficit -- the so-called "Gang of Six" -- is near agreement on a plan that will chart a middle ground between the House Republican budget and the plan outlined last week by President Obama.

And while other top Democrats say Social Security should be untouched, Durbin says Social Security changes should be made now.

"You have the House Republican budget from Congressman Paul Ryan, who I know and like, which is going to be placed somewhere on the right side of the spectrum. You have the president's suggestion, which will be on the other side of the spectrum. And if and when we reach an agreement, it will be in the middle, a bipartisan effort, which I think has a chance to succeed," Durbin said in an interview for ABC News' "Subway Series."

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sen-dick-durbin-social-s...



Thank goodness we have a "liberal" Senator among the gang of six!
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Larkspur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:54 PM
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104. Durbin has been sucking on the corporate talking points
What a shame that he is falling for the talking points of greedy bastards.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:54 PM
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105. They are going to meet in the middle and decide what to do with our money,
how grand of them, how grand. They'd better never apply for a job in the real world.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:54 PM
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106. called his office earlier today. The staffer sounded like she didn't care
about my call at all.
I am pretty sure I will declare as a democratic-Socialist quite soon.
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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:54 PM
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107. Raise the cap
and shut your trap ! Mr Durbin. :evilfrown:
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unkachuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:54 PM
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108. "...it will be in the middle, a bipartisan effort..."
....and this is coming from a liberal Democrat? When has a REAL Democrat ever supported reducing Social Security or Medicare?

....I used to like durbin; now I see he's just another puke corporatist in disguise....
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:54 PM
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109. If we have prominent Democratic politicians holding hands with Republicans in going after SS,
then it's over. How do I stand up to my Republican friends who are retired and point out how it is Democrats who are the defenders of Social Security and Medicare?

Social Security and Medicare should be the line in the sand where we clearly differentiate Democrats from Republicans. To see our Democratic politicians capitulating when it comes to cuts in Social Security is depressing and the betrayal is profound.
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high density Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:54 PM
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110. We sure know how to argue successfully against the GOP
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 09:52 PM by high density
Republicans start on the far, far right every time and we start in the middle. This tactic works so well for us.

Republicans run up a huge debt with wars and tax cuts for the billionaires and now elected representatives in my party accept the GOP framing that the first thing that must "be fixed" is Social Security and Medicare. Amazing!
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:54 PM
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111. "Scrap the Cap"
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somone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:54 PM
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112. So, where was the deficit last December when they extended tax cuts for the rich?
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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 09:57 PM
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113. Hoyer, Clyburn Continue to Tout Retirement Age Increase
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NCarolinawoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 05:13 PM
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146. They basically make a living by running their mouths.
Not like a great many health care workers, teachers, laborers, etc. who are on their feet all day.

And you just know the health care provided these national politicians is tip top. Many of these pols work into their 80's. :mad:
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:28 PM
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116. Dick Durbin: Banks "Frankly Own The Place"


Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has been battling the banks the last few weeks in an effort to get 60 votes lined up for bankruptcy reform. He's losing.

On Monday night in an interview with a radio host back home, he came to a stark conclusion: the banks own the Senate.

"And the banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place," he said on WJJG 1530 AM's "Mornings with Ray Hanania." Progress Illinois picked up the quote.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/29/dick-durbin-ba...


It is irritating to hear him dis Bernie Sanders, as if Bernie is wrong on any level on this subject.
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:46 PM
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118. That was two years ago. He's singing a different song now "The banks own me!"
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:51 PM
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119. Exactly why I posted it. It's sad to hear them cave when they use to
be reliable for the greater good.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:41 PM
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117. It is obvious there is ONE PARTY in America and its Corruption
they take down Social Security both parties are going down
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 12:45 AM
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120. F*CK Y*U!
Sorry, but these bastards are really getting to me! :grr:
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 12:59 AM
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121. He won't get my vote in 2012 if he messes with Social Security
I let his office know that.
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andlor Donating Member (300 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 08:44 AM
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135. +1
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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 02:46 AM
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122. No liberals to be found both parties are bought and paid for,totally useless!
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 04:28 AM
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123. Again and again they prove that we're on our own.
So he's saying we'll take a far right and a center right position and settle on the middle of the right wing position to set policy. There goes the Dems - snatching defeat from the jaws of victory again - proving again who owns them. I'm so sick of these "gangs of.." because it's never the American people who benefits from these "compromises". :-(
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 05:56 AM
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124. Imagine, instead of raising the cap
or increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans, Senator Durbin would be willing to cut social security. And I actually donated to the guy's campaign. I misread him as bad as I misread Obama.
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dreamnightwind Donating Member (863 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 06:05 AM
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125. Voting is not enough anymore
They have the election thing pretty well under control. Unlimited anonymous corporate contributions. Faith-based voting on unverifiable touch screen or just electronic tabulators that are also suspect. Proprietary voting software written and owned by right-wing corporatists. Suppressing the vote of the disenchanted. A well-managed corporate media that frames election issues in terms favorable to corporate interest. And, finally, they make sure we have nothing but a choice between two fully owned politicians to vote for.

US Uncut (http://www.usuncut.org /) is one group taking the next step. Who else? Suggestions welcome, I know there are many groups trying to get enough direction and energy to make a difference.

We should be concentrating on direct actions. It's time to be disruptive. I like how the Egyptians did it. Nonviolent but with absolute determination.

The PTB care more about our labor and our spending that they care about our vote. They also care about civil order, about everything being nice and orderly, they don't like messes or disruptions. Hell, they don't even want to have to look at or hear most of us. Showing up will be half of the battle.

It's time for No More Business As Usual. A General Strike. Small but spirited flash protests with well-thought out tactical significance. Off the keyboards and into the streets.

We can see what road we're on now, and it's not going anywhere we want to go. Time to change that. Time to put more energy into threads advocating and organizing action for real change and less energy into threads wallowing in the details of the crimes of the Powers That Be.
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blackspade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 08:12 AM
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131. The "gang" of six can fuck off.
Edited on Wed Apr-20-11 08:15 AM by blackspade
Why is it that six of these rich douche bags can determine the course of the nation??
Someone needs to remind Durbin that Obama's plan is the 'middle of the road' plan, not the left mirror of Ryan's right wing crap.
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BlueJac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 08:15 AM
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132. Fuck Dick Durbin
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 08:24 AM
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134. It's coming folks, what are you going to do?
sit on your hands?

when "democrats" spout this shit, you know it's time to 1) primary them 2) recall them if possible.

Write all the letters you want, it won't do much, the fix is in.

I hope this bastard is broke at retirement, suddenly SS will be important to him.

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FreeStateDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 09:07 AM
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136. Comes down to do you want to think you're safe from TERRORISM or have food & health care?
It's not bring the troops home but bring the money home. These phony wars have got to stop so we can take the 750 billion a year defense budget gorilla that's casting a grime shadow over the under-classe's access to life's basic requirements and cut it to balance the budget. Between going to war with whomever is next let's get the money to the people who need it to buy food in our country. I have not heard any mention in the debate about cutting the defense budget instead we are increasing the military to the tune of 90 billion more on top of the already huge defense expenditures and the increase is necessary to "fight the war on terrorism." BULLSHIT.
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TownDrunk2 Donating Member (29 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 09:13 AM
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138. We need a *real* investigative reporter
To find out what threats and/or bribes are being forwarded to our congress in order to push this blatant stealing
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JJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 09:37 AM
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142. Durban is like most Politicians
Once they gain power, they turn into corporatist scum bags.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 09:37 AM
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143. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; Mark Warner, D-Va.; and Kent Conra
Edited on Wed Apr-20-11 09:42 AM by AlbertCat
Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; Mark Warner, D-Va.; and Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

Looks like a sorry lot to me.

The Repugs you know are worthless.

The D's from VA and ND.... conserva-dems? It's not like they're from deep blue states.

"You have the House Republican budget from Congressman Paul Ryan, who I know and like,.."

So... get a room! Who cares whether you like anyone or not?
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Agony Donating Member (865 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 07:22 PM
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147. Social Security INCREASES should not be ruled out either!
WTF just WTF...
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-11 10:05 AM
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150. I just wrote this letter to Dick Durbin, who is my Senator
Senator Durbin,

In reference to the current budget battle in Washington and to the prospect of cutting Social Security benefits, you recently stated "You have the House Republican budget from Congressman Paul Ryan, who I know and like, which is going to be placed somewhere on the right side of the spectrum. You have the president's suggestion, which will be on the other side of the spectrum. And if and when we reach an agreement, it will be in the middle, a bipartisan effort, which I think has a chance to succeed."

I believe such an agreement would not be a success -- it would be a capitulation and a failure to represent the interests of your constituents and of all Americans who are not among the wealthy few. The president's budget proposal is not on the far left of the spectrum; far from it. It is a very centrist position that in my opinion does not go nearly far enough in reversing the trickle-down economics that has been bringing our country down for the last 30 years.

The Republicans stake out a position on the extreme far right with a budget based on voodoo economics and destroys Medicare while giving even more tax cuts to the rich ... and you immediately suggest we should meet them halfway? Do you think there is a snowball's chance in hell of them so willingly and so quickly offering to compromise?

Every time we move in that direction towards "compromise" with the Republicans, the line is redrawn and the goal posts are moved further to the right. They know this, and I find it hard to believe that you don't know this too.

And now you're willing to put Social Security on the chopping block too. You are in effect putting the heads of American seniors on the chopping block. Social Security is a self-funding program that will be solvent indefinitely with an adjustment on the cap for contributions. The biggest reason it is in financial trouble is that this trust fund has been raided to pay for shortfalls elsewhere in government -- including deficits caused by tax breaks for the rich. If you agree to cut Social Security benefits as a measure to reduce the deficit, you will in effect have agreed to a massive redistribution of wealth from working class Americans to the rich.

What the American people need right now is real leadership from the Democratic Party -- not capitualation cloaked as compromise. We need leaders at every level of government who will fight for economic justice and for real solutions to budget deficits and the myriad other challenges we face as a nation.

I have been an Illinois resident all of my 53 years and have voted for you in every election. Please don't make me regret my vote.

Sincerely,
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