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    Re: With Reservations, Obama Signs Act to Allow Detention of Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    The arguement was that the Tea Party wanted to end the government. Nothing in that bill or anything they ever supported called for the end of the government.
    It would lead to the end of two of its most important functions, SS and M/M.
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    Re: With Reservations, Obama Signs Act to Allow Detention of Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    1) Every federal expenditure "helps create our debt in the first place."
    Wrong, it is the imbalance between income and expenditure that creates debt.

    2) Medicare has to be "crippled" to deal with the funding issues we're facing with it.
    Wrong, our health care system has to upgraded as the rest of the industrialized world has done. Crippling Medicare just shifts unaffordable health care costs directly to our seniors.

    And SS has to be bumped back to fit the bell curve of our life expectancies.
    I would agree with bumping the retirement age by two years. But that by itself will not be not be enough to make up the amount borrowed from the SS trust funds to pay for the last decade of military spending. The contribution cap will have to be raised as necessary to make up the short fall. That fixes the SS problem for the foreseeable future.

    For the most part they're not actually representing the middle class.
    The majority of Americans supports keeping SS and MM as is and the majority of Americans support increasing the tax rates for the rich to help with our deficit spending, and the majority of Americans supported the American Jobs Act the GOP voted down.

    If you think the middle class supports the class war being waged on them by the GOP, you are in for a big surprise in November.
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    Re: With Reservations, Obama Signs Act to Allow Detention of Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman, replying to another View Post
    Well, yeah, that's the bill that prevented the crisis at the last minute. The threat was still there, and it still would have caused an immediate, large cut in spending if that bill hadn't been passed. And the Tea Party was the main reason it nearly didn't pass.
    And the Tea Party's tantrum during the debt ceiling debacle was a major contributing reason that S&P downgraded the U.S. credit rating (S&P said as much).

    Of course, that observation won't fly at the Kool Aid klatch

    Neither will this one -- The Tea Party has two major goals, both of them ideologically pure from a hard right wing conservative (GOP) viewpoint:

    1. "Starve the beast". More simply, kill-off gov't programs that they don't like, rather than address those issues legislatively or at the ballot box. Shut down the gov't by refusing to pass budgets and refusing to pass debt ceiling increases (unless they contain ludicrous poison-pill provisions). About the only gov't program that I can see they do like is the military; everything else appears to be on the chopping block (at least 50% of the gov't).

    2. The worse the economic situation of the country becomes, including defaults and downgrades, the better their odds are of winning the next election. Were they to kick the country while it is down, it can only help their electoral prospects (as long as they don't get caught doing the kicking). As you may have heard from right wing talk radio soon after Obama was elected, they are hoping for failure. It is almost treasonous.

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    Re: With Reservations, Obama Signs Act to Allow Detention of Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    It would lead to the end of two of its most important functions, SS and M/M.
    That is a long term hard right wing goal, that they are still pursuing vigorously (just ask Paul Ryan, although he lately has almost completely flip-flopped on Medicare).

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    Re: With Reservations, Obama Signs Act to Allow Detention of Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    That is a long term hard right wing goal, that they are still pursuing vigorously (just ask Paul Ryan, although he lately has almost completely flip-flopped on Medicare).
    Sounds good to me... I can invest it and take out insurance and invest in my own future medical maladies much better than the government. Hell, if M/M went away, prices would drop like a stone anyway --- doctors would actually get PAID quickly and let the patient submit their receipts to the insurance company. Best not to bet SS will be viable the way our douche politicians spend money... SS is the politicians play-money account.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: With Reservations, Obama Signs Act to Allow Detention of Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    That is a long term hard right wing goal, that they are still pursuing vigorously (just ask Paul Ryan, although he lately has almost completely flip-flopped on Medicare).
    Oh, I know, but for the previous 3 decades that agenda was more disguised. It wasn't until 2010 that the GOP felt free enough to openly wage war on the middle class. In their tea party inspired boldness, they forgot the words of wisdom from the old school Republicans like Dwight D. Eisenhower -

    “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group of course that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”

    This lesson will be relearned in November.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    Wrong, it is the imbalance between income and expenditure that creates debt.
    Therefore I'm not wrong, as every expenditure plays its part to contribute to our debt. It's not just the expenditures you dislike that contribute to the imbalance you're talking about.

    Wrong, our health care system has to upgraded as the rest of the industrialized world has done. Crippling Medicare just shifts unaffordable health care costs directly to our seniors.
    Which is precisely where it belongs. Leaving it as is promises seniors that their childrens' generations will pay for everything they need even though this is impossible. Hence "unfunded." Unable to be afforded.

    I would agree with bumping the retirement age by two years. The contribution cap will have to be raised as necessary to make up the short fall. That fixes the SS problem for the foreseeable future.
    What fixes it forever is raising the eligibility age to merge with the bell curve of deaths. Why not fix it once and for all?

    The majority of Americans supports keeping SS and MM as is and the majority of Americans support increasing the tax rates for the rich to help with our deficit spending, and the majority of Americans supported the American Jobs Act the GOP voted down.
    The majority of Americans supports policies that are unfunded, unaffordable and fiscally and economically destructive over the long term. Forgive me if I don't stand corrected when presented with an appeal to majority opinion.

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    Re: With Reservations, Obama Signs Act to Allow Detention of Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    No, you didn't read the article did you? The bill that passed was indeed passed at the last moment but this one passed earlier and was backed by the Tea Party.
    It doesn't matter what was passed earlier. The debt was about to run out after any such bill was passed. The Tea Party opposed raising the debt ceiling at that time. And your quote says it all: "largely symbolic measure."
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    Re: With Reservations, Obama Signs Act to Allow Detention of Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Sounds good to me... I can invest it and take out insurance and invest in my own future medical maladies much better than the government.
    No you can't.

    You ever shop for individual health insurance? Unless you're very young and healthy, it's really expensive, and until Obamacare, you could be banned from buying it at all if you or a family member had a pre-existing condition. The government, however (like private employers) can pool thousands of insured people together and get much lower rates.
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    Re: With Reservations, Obama Signs Act to Allow Detention of Citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    Therefore I'm not wrong, as every expenditure plays its part to contribute to our debt. It's not just the expenditures you dislike that contribute to the imbalance you're talking about.
    Just as does every cut in revenue. SS has not created a dime of our debt, and crippling M/M does nothing to address the spiraling health care cost over the last 30 years of deregulation. As is plain to the majority of American public, requiring continued sacrifice by the seniors without any sacrifice in the tax cuts to the wealthy is class war.

    It took 30 years of spending too much, mainly on the military, and taxing the rich too little to create our debt. Consequently, it will take 30 years of the opposite to significantly address our debt.

    Which is precisely where it belongs. Leaving it as is promises seniors that their childrens' generations will pay for everything they need even though this is impossible. Hence "unfunded." Unable to be afforded.
    Thankfully, the majority of the country does not agree with your proposal to throw the seniors to the dogs.


    What fixes it forever is raising the eligibility age to merge with the bell curve of deaths. Why not fix it once and for all?
    Raising the cap does fix it, and more equitably than the redistribution of wealth you and the GOP envision.



    The majority of Americans supports policies that are unfunded, unaffordable and fiscally and economically destructive over the long term. Forgive me if I don't stand corrected when presented with an appeal to majority opinion.

    Ignore public opinion if it suits your spin. However, public opinion is how it will be decided in November.
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