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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

More Of This Please

A few Democratic Senators want to expand Social Security and pay for it by getting rid of the cap on payroll taxes.  Frankly, I would include any stock options or bonuses as salary, while we are at it.

I have no illusions that this will pass.  But it's important that Democrats push back against efforts to cut Social Security.  Social Security is NOT IN TROUBLE.  Medicare is, not Social Security.

So we need Democrats reframing the terms of debate from the left to counteract the almost pathological need of wealthy Congressmen and even wealthier pundits and reporters who seem to insist on making Granny suffer for her own good.

Obama has been too quick to accept the idea of Social Security cuts.  While I would guess that his counterdemand for increased revenue means that we won't actually see those cuts, I still think it's bad idea.

Any cuts to Social Security should have the Republicans fingerprints all over them.  They've been trying to kill it for 75 years.

Let them put their necks out for when the ax falls.

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