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Have I mentioned lately what an asshole Obama is?

As Susie Madrak points out, a classic holiday news dump! (And how appropriate to throw elders and the poor under the bus on Good Friday!) WSJ:

WASHINGTON—The White House is strongly considering including limits on entitlement benefits in its fiscal 2014 budget—a proposal it first offered Republicans in December. The move would be aimed in part at keeping alive bipartisan talks on a major budget deal.

Such a proposal could include steps that make many Democrats queasy, such as reductions in future Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security payments, but also items resisted by Republicans, such as higher taxes through limits on tax breaks, people close to the White House said.

These measures would come as President Barack Obama continues his courtship of the Senate GOP in an effort to thaw tax-and-spending talks. The White House's delayed annual budget is scheduled to be released April 10, the same day Mr. Obama plans to dine with a group of Senate Republicans to discuss the budget and other issues.

President Obama's inclusion of the proposal would be aimed at breathing new life [for whom?] into bipartisan talks on reaching a deficit-reduction deal.

$15 trillion to the banksters, no questions asked, no strings attached, and now the Powers That Be are trying to screw $1000.00 out of some 85-five-year'old lady's $12,000 a year Social Security check with Chained CPI. Do they think old people years have only eleven months, or what?

I mean, why should she be eating catfood made from Genuine Chicken Parts when she could so easily substitute catfood made from Genuine Offal From Floor Scraping?

NOTE I'm sure the White House line will be busy, so I'd call your local Congress Office (not the line in DC). I'd also write a letter to the editor.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Print out this letter from 30 representatives pledging to vote against any cuts to social security or medicare walk it to your representative's district office and ask why his/her name is not on it. Unless your representative signed it, in which case thank him/her.

Physical visits to the office are the gold standard in agitation. Members know that for every person willing to visit their office in person to talk about an issue there are 1,000 more who will vote on that issue. They also know that those who feel strongly enough to visit an office feel strongly enough to tell their friends and neighbors about their representative's response. So I think it is worth while to print out that letter and walk it to your representatives office. It will show them that you know about the letter's existence and you feel very strongly about the issue.

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and me.

From the NYTimes article on the trial balloon:

In particular, participants say, the president told House Republicans that he was open to combining Medicare’s coverage for hospitals and doctor services. That would create a single deductible that could increase out-of-pocket costs for many future beneficiaries, but also could pay for a cap on their total expenses and reduce the need to buy Medigap supplementary insurance.

Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 House Republican, proposed much the same in a speech in February. “We should begin by ending the arbitrary division between Part A, the hospital program, and Part B, the doctor services,” he said. “We can create reasonable and predictable levels of out-of-pocket expenses without forcing seniors to rely on Medigap plans.”

While Mr. Cantor’s proposal got little attention at the time, its echo by Mr. Obama hints at a new route toward compromise — in contrast with the budget that House Republicans passed this month that has no chance of Senate approval.

Also, there's an excellent post by Boston Boomer at Sky Dancing.