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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 05:54 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 06:22 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.


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