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Liberals slam Obama on Social Security

“You know, I suspect that, on Social Security, we've got a somewhat similar position. Social Security is structurally sound. It's going to have to be tweaked the way it was by Ronald Reagan and Speaker -- Democratic Speaker Tip O'Neill. But it is -- the basic structure is sound,” he told the national television audience.

The answer sent shockwaves among Obama’s liberal and labor allies, who have made protecting Social Security from cuts one of their highest priorities.

“My jaw dropped,” said Nancy Altman, co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition and campaign, which includes the AFL-CIO, Political Action, and the Service Employees International Union.

“My reaction was, ‘Then Mr. President, you don’t know the governor’s record on Social Security.’”

It is Nancy Altman who need to learn about Obama's record on Social Security, beginning with Obama's speech to the Hamilton Project. Obama is by far Social Security's most dangerous opponent.

If we are to preserve Social Security we will need to organize massive demonstrations, not just in DC, but in from of every Senate and Congressional district office.

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Submitted by Alexa on

I'm not sure why it didn't register above, but I just tweeted this blog.

The Social Safety Net Programs are my primary area of interest and activism. So thanks much for this post.

I heard and spoke to Senator Sanders on the "Brunch With Bernie," hour of Thom Hartmann's radio program last summer, during the Grand Bargain negotiations. Unfortunately, I can no longer take him as seriously, as I once did.

When I told him of my distress about the Administration's attempts to strike a "Grand Bargain," ( in effect, implementing Bowles-Simpson) he changed the subject, spouting Democratic Party talking points.

I'm beginning to think that he willingly serves as the "useful idiot" for the Democratic Party, in order to mollify the base. I know that sounds harsh (and I'd use another synonym for that expression, if I knew of one), but I fear that his function has basically become just that.

A part of me believes that he may truly hold sincerely liberal views. And I imagine, that he is under tremendous pressure to relent to the "corporatist" Dems.

However, if you listen to him carefully, its evident that he also "parses his words."

Thanks again.

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Submitted by katiebird on

Is using the Social Security issue as a fundraiser? Because I've had misgivings about how serious about his outrage for sometime. He's been there long enough to have built up a coalition of some size. And what about that "hold" ability that supposedly can keep legislation locked up just at the request of one Senator?

And his wonderful speech back in December 2009(?) was on the Friday when no one was around rather than on Monday -- as a real filibuster -- when he might have stalled the vote. Maybe even stopping it.

Is there some rule that WE have to be on the losing end of every issue?

What ARE the Democratic talking points about Simpson-Bowles these days?

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Submitted by Alexa on

it is my take that much of Senator Sander's rhetoric is for fundraising, now that you mention it. As as matter of fact, he almost never "visits" with Hartmann without giving out his website address or directing folks to one of his many "petitions," which (you guessed it) require an email address that can be tapped for fundraising!

As for what the Democrats think about Bowles-Simpson (I like this word arrangement, because the abbreviation "B-S" is so apropos), here's a video of Pelosi endorsing Bowles-Simpson in March of this year. Sorry there's no embed option available.

Nancy Pelosi Says She'd Back Simpson-Bowles Plan (VIDEO):

Here's the link.

Other than an occasional frank statement like the one above, it appears that most Democratic Party officeholders have decided to stay in a "duck and cover" crouch, until November 7 rolls around.