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Trumka unloads a giant steaming pile of crap

https://twitter.com/RichardTrumka/status/268465155845787649

Yeah, I know.

Shocker.

I don't know about you, but I've been sacrificing for some years now. I'm done with it.

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Submitted by jawbone on

I tried the crying smiley and just get the code -- no smiley. Whassup with that?

Anyway, biiiiig surprise that Trumpka has sold us all down the river. That's his job, right?

David Dayen over at FDL is following the talks fairly closely at Newsdesk.

Dayen highlights this quote from MoveOn's Justin Rubin about the meeting Talk about weasel words! Or at the very least total omission of any mention of Obama standing four square for keeping SocSec/Medicare whole for recipients and future recipients. But we knew that, right?

MoveOn’s 7 million members will be pleased to know that President Obama today strongly reiterated his steadfast commitment to ensuring that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent finally end December 31—and to protecting the middle class in the process. MoveOn is staying fully mobilized after last week’s election. Our millions of members are fired up and ready to go, and are taking the fight to Republicans who are holding middle class taxpayers hostage to win another tax cut for the rich. We also appreciate that the President again promised not to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class and the poor—and our members are committed to defending Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security from any benefit cuts as part of a budget deal.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

I used to admire Trumka.

Submitted by jawbone on

“Obama Meets With Labor, Progressive Groups Today”

Or, as the Obama administration might call it behind closed doors, putting in a pro forma appearance with the fucking retards.

OMG, too damnn right!

And Greenwald nailed it: This will be health care revisited, but speeded up big time. Same MO, same sad outcome, same crap for the people.

Oh, who can stop the Barack Attack?????

Submitted by jawbone on

Link from Commenter MaryminIl over at FDL:

The report, released by the National Academy of Social Insurance, said modest benefit improvements and revenue increases are affordable, have broad public support and can close Social Security’s long-term financing shortfall without more benefit cuts.

“Social Security benefits are already being cut more than many people realize,” said Virginia Reno, NASI’s vice president for income security and a co-author of the report. “Cutting benefits further is not necessary to preserve Social Security for future generations. Other alternatives merit consideration by policymakers.”

NASI is a nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance.

As policymakers consider calls for further retirement benefit cuts, the NASI report said it is important to remember that the Social Security amendments passed by Congress in 1983 relied far more on benefit cuts than new revenue to balance the system’s long-term finances. Those amendments changed Social Security by:

Gradually raising the full-benefit retirement age from 65 to 67, a change that results in a 13.3 percent reduction in benefits.

Taxing part of benefit income, which results in a 5.1 percent benefit cut.

Delaying the cost-of-living adjustment by six months, resulting in a permanent 1.4 percent cut.

“The first two cuts are phasing in gradually,” the report stated. “The 13.3 percent cut affects new retirees born in 1960 and later; they will begin reaching age 65 in 2025 and age 90 in 2050. By then, almost all of the elderly will have experienced the full 19 percent reduction in Social Security.

Down by 19 percent. Wow, come to think of it.

And good ol' Obama wants to cut it even more. What a guy. What a princeling of Wall Street!

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Submitted by Alexa on

me to look for the video Mr. Alexa saw the other day.

And yeah, loved that "MoveOn" statement. To think that at one time we donated to them. Even have one of their T-shirts that reads "Voting is not a spectator sport," or some such.

I'm still trying to figure out what the union rank-and-file will do when they finally realize how they're being used. Can they all be that gullible? I just don't get it.