3 Responses to The grand bargain that just won’t die

  1. imhotep March 22, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    There will be no grand bargin. The far right will sink it. Or it’ll be sunk by real Democrats like Bernie Sanders. The Republicans are blowing themselves apart as a political organization so they’ll agree to most anything at this point. Including being the same kind of Democrat that Obama is. Which is no kind of Democrat at all. Good luck Capitalist 1%. You’ve really put yourself into a fix this time.

  2. Adams March 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Funny, I sent the following to my congresscritter just before reading this. Although a member of the “progressive” caucus, he’s actively supporting a Grand Bargain explicitly based on Simpson/Bowles:

    Congressman Polis,

    Thank you for your response to my email. I must reemphasize that any “Grand Bargain” based on Simpson/Bowles is a sellout of all American workers by the Democratic party. At a time when the Republicans are in retreat on marriage equality, immigration reform, voting rights and civil rights in general, this sellout by President Obama and the Dem leadership is like giving Boehner and McConnell a continuous supply of political assault weapons with unlimited magazines. Just plain stupid. Not to mention economically disastrous and morally wrong.

    The Cyprus debacle gives us yet another window into the existence of havens for the very wealthy that enable them to avoid taxes while trumpeting budget deficits to justify cuts to signature Democratic social programs. The hypocrisy is stunning, but everyone but Elizabeth Warren seems to be terrified to call them out. Including the media. Tragically.

    Nancy Pelosi’s double talk about how the chained-CPI is really an improvement and strengthening of Social Security is truly infuriating. How stupid does she think we are? C_CPI is a benefit cut, plain and simple, to retired people whose average SS benefit is about $1200/month. Let’s see the sociopaths who run major banks that caused the financial meltdown, launder criminal money, and pay our congresscritters to weaken already aenemic banking reforms live on that.

    You have shown great leadership on social policy. I understand that you are wealthy and therefore likely to operate in an atmosphere where it is conventional wisdom that the middle class must continue to pay for the excesses of our financial overloards. Dem voters are not as stupid as Nancy seems to believe we are. And contrary to Rahm’s beliefs, we do have other choices, including staying home on election day, as was clear in the last mid-terms. Personally, I will go house to house in my neighborhood to educate people on the perfidy of Democrats if President Obama is successful in shoving his Grand Sellout down the throats of the American people.

    I hope I have made my position on these matters clear.

    Thank you for your strong leadership on other matters of importance to me.

  3. lless March 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    They fear us not. They respect us not. For good reason, we have a long and pathetic history of getting rolled.

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