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Another secret deal from Obama: Gutting Social Security and Medicare with no Congressional hearings after the mid-terms

Mother Jones:

Hope for lasting liberal change was washed away on Tuesday—not just with the loss of the Democrats' super-majority in the Senate, but with a closed-door deal that would lead to cuts in bedrock liberal programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. While Massachusetts voters were casting their ballots to install Republican Scott Brown in Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, President Obama was hammering out an agreement with Democratic leaders to support a commission on the deficit with the power to propose reductions to entitlement programs. This proposal represents a capitulation to conservatives in both parties, and leaves liberals surrendering not only on health care, but on the core achievements of the New Deal and the Great Society.

the proposed arrangement shortcuts—indeed appears to bypass—this procedure. The appointed commission is to make a recommendation on the budget after the November midterm elections. That recommendation will then go straight to the floor of both houses for an up or down binding vote. There are no congressional hearings and no opportunity for members of the House to weigh in on the proposals.

If only we had Democrats in control of the Presidency, the House, and the Senate!

Oddly, or not, I can't find any mention of this, even though it's based on a story in Pravda, on the front pages of Kos, Eschaton, Digby, or FDL. (To be fair: Did I miss a post?) Perhaps they think Obama doesn't really mean it?

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Submitted by Anne on

and it's been discussed on a few open threads at TL. Has it been front-paged somewhere - anywhere? I don't know.

What I do know is that it HAS to get some attention before it's too late to do anything about it - it just cannot be allowed to stand.

I'm starting to think that Obama may not be all that upset to see Democrats being replaced by Republicans in the House and Senate, because that will make it so much easier for him to get his favorite Republican policies into legislation. How galling is that to think about?

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

Obama has to choose now between a turn to the left or a turn to the Center-Right and a turn toward populism vs. an even tighter embrace of corporatism. He may be feeling his way along both alternative paths right now. If he turns toward the right and toward a tighter embrace of corporatism, the progressives will leave the Party, but if the Republicans run a wingnut like Palin, he may still believe that he can win with the Center-right in 2012, figuring that the independents will reject her and grudgingly vote for him. The progressives will stay home, but if he can get a majority of independents 20-30% of Republicans and 50% of Democrats he may figure he can win.

Implictly there are three Parties in America now, the rightist fundamentalists, the corporatists, and the progressives. Obama may take the final steps in transforming the old Democratic Party into the New Whigs.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

Obama is a Reagan Republican. That is pretty far right. From war, civil liberties, corporatism, health care, entitlement "reform", etc., Obama is to the right of the center. I'm having a difficult time seeing how folks can act like Obama is at the center. Hell, I'm at the "center" and Obama makes me look like a fucking commie pinko.

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Submitted by madamab on

That I'm not understanding, but I'm curious as to why he's waiting till after the November elections. Is he expecting the Republicans to win a lot of seats and support this policy? Is that why he's going to a GOP retreat?

Or is he thinking the GOP won't support this policy, and thus is waiting to make sure he has enough Democratic votes to pass this monstrosity?

We will have to be very careful in November. Obama may have gotten himself guaranteed New Deal destruction no matter what type of Congress he gets next year.

Maybe he is playing 11-dimensional chess after all.

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Submitted by jumpjet on

Make a huge mess and get on the evening news to spread the word. Hint that any attempt to cut Social Security will be met with unpleasant revolt.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

I have an idea for some direct action tactics for couch potatoes. It involves carrying the battle directly to the opposition, as in Pete Peterson and the Financial Services Round table. And the use of Twitter confront them with their attempted theft.

We also need to confront the deficit phonies in political office.

We need to start using the phrase bi-partisan kleptocracy.

I have some more ideas and hope to post tonight or tomorrow.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

was front-paged at OL, so it has gotten some coverage. I don't know about the blogs you specifically reference, don't read 'em most of the time.

Submitted by Randall Kohn on

And DUers are all over the map as well. Plenty of outrage over it, but plenty of outrage over anyone who slights the O Man as well.