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Response to Maineman (Reply #44)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 09:10 AM

72. There are those who have spent the last 4 years predicting, with great assurance ...

that Obama is going to kill Social Security and Medicare.

So every time there is a budget proposal under discussion, or a debt ceiling discussion, or a stimulus discussion, or in this case, a discussion of tax rates ... there is a flurry of those "Obama is going to kill Social Security and Medicare" predictions.

It happens roughly every 6 months or so. There are many threads dedicated to parse Obama's every utterance to find the secret code words he used to lay the foundation for said cuts.

And then .... (insert musical fan fair here) ... it doesn't happen.

For the last 2-3 weeks or so, with the "fiscal cliff" freak out, those predictions have again been put forward over and over here on DU. Obama was going to cave and raise the Medicare age ... yup, it was going to happen, at any second it was going to happen, and Obama would have sold us out because he's really a corporate shill, and raising the age was his plan all along.

So Durbin's statement that raising the age is off the table once again prevents the predictions from coming true (again). And some are not happy about it. They really want Obama to do it so they can say "Ah ha!!" told you. But because it didn't happen, and won't happen, the outrage shifts. He was bad for considering it, he still wants to do it, blah blah, bah.

I tend to think Obama was just stringing the GOP along on this ... let them take the position of raising the age, dare them to do it. Make the GOP come clean in front of the American people. And still say no. Which is what he did.

The predictions will fade. And then in 6 months, or heck maybe in February when the debt ceiling comes back up, the predictions of Obama's evil intent will again surface for a few weeks. It won't happen (again), and then the cycle will continue.

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