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Probably deserves its own thread, but the biotech/Monsanto amendment in the budget resolution is such a perfect demonstration of how fucked DC is.
No one wants to fix social security because you are going to piss off everyone.
But it completely ducked social security, because no one has the balls to tinker with it and risk not getting elected again.
They all legislate to reelection.
Well, me anyway, and you know I won't hesitate to let the FUs fly.
I guess I need my friends here to get me a job at SSA so I don't get furloughed
agree completely with your second sentence.
But SS is relatively easy to fix when compared to the other entitlement programs. I'd expect a 2nd term president, one that is already on the record of saying entitlements need to be reformed, to help the Senate that he controls understand this.
Last I checked, Obama isn't running for anything.
I disagree. I think if they do it right, and have minimum impact on current enrollees, most would be for it. I've said it before, we need to pick an age right now, say 15/16/17, and raise an entire generation of people who don't know what SS is, and will be far less dependent on Medicare/Medicaid. The time to start is now.
Agreed. It's only going to get tougher (more austere) the longer we wait. It's not like the problem is going away, so let's get on with it. And in terms of political cover, the only reason cover is needed is because one party refuses to honestly discuss the long term viability of our currently structured entitlement programs with the public. If both parties acknowledge the obvious regarding the need for entitlement reform, then it greatly mitigates the political cover issue. This is where Obama needs to lead. The Pubs have "put their toe in the water" on this issue already, it's time for Obama and the Dems to join them to educate the public on the basic premise that entitlement reform is needed and the longer we wait to institute the reforms the more draconian they will have to be.
Mitch McConnell knows how to unwind Obamacare. And he doesn
Not going to be laughing in 10-15 years.
I'm laughing at the idea that "most people would be for it".
Of course Wasserman-schultz leads the crybaby charge. Manage a budget you greedy Democratic fantasy-math retard. You know, that thing you're supposed to be doing anyway?
From Yahoo! News: WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are traveling less and worrying more about meeting office salaries. Their aides are contending with long lines to get inside their offices and fewer prospects of a raise. Such are the indignities thrust upon the men and women who brought the country $85 billion in government spending cuts this month.
Essentially, Obama is sacrificing these two years, when he could forge bipartisan accomplishments, in order to fund congressional campaigns on the slight chance that he'll be able to decree to the American people for the last two years of his administration.
That there is some selfless thinking. Yes sir.
President Barack Obama is about to launch his most concerted effort yet to help Democrats win full control of Congress, a foray that could bolster the party in the 2014 midterm elections but threatens to undercut his efforts to win Republican support for his second-term initiatives on immigration, gun control and the budget.
I know it's true because Rupert Murdoch told me!
Of all the lazy, partisan hackery that has taken over the WSJ in recent years, this is one of the most awful examples.
I know I've hit the target when...
Of all the lazy, partisan hackery that has taken over the board in recent years, this is one of the most awful examples.
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That was my first thought. I must have triple checked to make sure I wasn't in the editorial section. It's a sad day when that happens to the WSJ.
Better to be part of a voluntary move than end up having it forced on you.
Someone gets it.
As those who are charged with the care of taxpayers' dollars, we need to lead by example," Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., who chairs the House Administration Committee, said last week in promoting a bill to slash the budgets of House committees by 11 percent.
Part of me is shocked they don't demand that Obama raise money for Republicans, you know, because bipartisanship.
Deep in hypocrisy, this thread is...
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