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I am reliably informed by Think Progress that Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are both opposed to any cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits.

This proves that such cuts are opposed by almost everybody. I wonder if President Obama is aware of this fact. I am beginning to wonder if he wants to be a one term President. He is certainly doing all he can to alienate the people who voted for him in 2008.

Last week when it was reported that Obama had put Medicare and Social Security “on the table”, liberals and progressives exploded in rage. Fifty bazillion signatures were attached to who knows how many petitions against such a move. I, along with many others contacted the White House directly to make my position known.

To no apparent effect. Today we learned that Obama has offered to raise the eligibility age for Medicare. That hole he is digging is getting close to six feet deep, and such a hole is hard to climb out of.

Written by slothropia

July 11th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

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  1. Why oh why is social security and medicare now on the table. Everythings on the for obama. He’s doing what he does best making republican ideas his own. He’s selling republican ideas for the republicans. Obama is? the best thing that every happened to the republican party because they have a fake? democrat selling their ideas for them. Obama must be primaried. We must get rid of the undercover republican as soon as possible.

    Obama surrounds himself with conservatives and then people are surprised that he has conservative ideas?????? LIberals need to STOP covering? for obama, stop giving him the benefit of the doubt. Liberals need to call him out and primary him. Obama is a republican puppet, His ideology is conservative. He was mentored by the ultimate republican puppet Joe Lieberman. We all need to do everything in our power to get obama primaried.

    DrNote

    13 Jul 11 at 2:06 am

  2. Some misguided people say obama is trying to look reasonable. But he doesn’t look reasonable, he looks like a traitor. And Being reasonable is not important right now. YOu don’t give away everything that the democrats stand for and You don’t make matters worse for the poor and middle class in the name of looking more “reasonable”. He allowed the republicans to frame the entire conversation- so instead of talking about jobs and? tax increases to fund economic growth, we’re focusing on cutting trillions. Obama’s even proposing more cuts then republicans who want 2 trillion with $4 trillion. Why in the world would you go along with them and then out do their proposal x2. We’ve been had. We must primary obama because he is nothing but a republican mole.

    DrNote

    13 Jul 11 at 2:13 am

  3. It’s my opinion that he knew the House Republicans wouldn’t budge even with that pot-sweetener, so he actually gained political capital among Moderates by demonstrating the lengths he was willing to go to compromise – without actually having to compromise.

    It’s fortunate for us that the Tea Party base is so intransigent. Any more reasonable House of Representatives would certainly have cut a deal at that point. But you see, that was the Progressives’ cue to scream bloody murder — to show that they are not just equals, but are actually a more powerful force than the Tea Party! And, yes, some did rise to the occasion…but mostly they are just so beaten down and submissive that, in aggregate, the response sounded more like a grumble than a roar.

    Sometimes — no, most times — Progressives seem just as naive politically as Tea Partiers are socially.

    If the right thing were politically popular, it would have already happened. Abraham Lincoln used the Civil War to emancipate the slaves. LBJ couldn’t pass the Civil Rights Act without a national emergency. And neither of these things were full measures in themselves, either. They had weak beginnings, but they were strengthened over time.

    If you ask me, I’d say that Obama has been practically begging his base to force him to do the right thing on many fronts throughout his entire presidency. If that sentence sounds strange, well, it’s not. That’s how it works. And I just think it’s incredibly shallow-sighted to claim betrayal on Obama’s part, when his base isn’t forcing him forward nearly as insistently as his opposition is beating him back. The reality is, political capital must be spent to do things people want. And the way to invest in our President and give him more capital to spend on the things we want is to raise holy hell when he leans toward concession.

    Keep in mind, it’s an uphill battle, and there’s a castle at the top. It’s not enough to be the equal of those who have the upper hand. We have to outnumber them, be better than them, be more tireless, and be more willing to make personal sacrifices. And, no, the sacrifices others would force upon us do not count.

    Mike D

    17 Jul 11 at 5:08 pm

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