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"Will Obama cave on Social Security?"

No. He's going to do what he always wanted to do, and has said he would do, often, not "cave.' What's wrong this these people?


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Submitted by Alexa on

Washington establishment as Bowles and Simpson are. Just watch. She, like Trumka, talk a good game, but will fold like a cheap suit when the rubber meets the road (boy--talk about cliches, LOL!). But you guys get the picture, right?

Seriously, Trumka almost always uses weasel words, so I never take him at face value. And since I heard Alan Simpson declare in front of an Washington D.C. audience of college students (on XM radio, and no, there are no audio clips of this that I'm aware of, or I'd post them) that 'he and Rich Trumka have been friends for over thirty years, and hug and kiss when they greet one another' (this is what he said, people). I now have even more contempt for both of them.

I certainly agree with De Moro that "It would be unconscionable for the AFL-CIO to maintain a position of any type of wiggle room with respect to that.” DeMoro said that the varying politics of its affiliate unions make the AFL-CIO “a mixture of a whole lot of different forces,” but said it “needs to separate itself from the Democratic Party and stand on its own," but frankly, I think she's wasting her breath.

Thanks for the post, Lambert.

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Submitted by tom allen on

From her HuffPo bio:

In 1982, she was Alan Greenspan's assistant in his position as chairman of the bipartisan commission that developed the 1983 Social Security amendments. From 1977 to 1981, she was a legislative assistant to Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO), and advised the Senator with respect to Social Security issues.

The 1983 Tip-'n-Ronnie amendments cut Social Security bipartisanly last time, while Danforth later (along with "progressive" darling John Kerry) co-chaired Clinton's attempt to cut Social Security:

The two co-chairs of the Commission developed their own Social Security proposal, which featured raising the retirement age to 70, a cut in the Social Security payroll tax, with the money redirected into mandatory private accounts, and adopting price-indexing (among other changes). This was perhaps the first advocacy of “carve-out” private accounts, and of price indexing, by a prominent mainstream group.

Heckuva job, Nancy.

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Submitted by Alexa on

to the very careful "parsing" of her words, she sounds as though she really is opposed to cuts.

Heck, she "qualifies" her opposition in the Salon article, right here: "But she (Altman) noted that individual coalition members would “have to weigh a lot of things” in deciding whether their own groups would also support torpedoing an overall deal over chained CPI."

There is 'no left' in our American leadership. Only 'pretenders.'