Sanders Colludes With Kabuki Theater: President Will "Go On The Road" To Sell Already Signed "B-S" Framework Bill [REVISED]
The absolute gall! The President will take to the road in January, after the Bowles-Simpson-type "framework" has already been passed and signed into law. And he will lead the charade that there is still time to change the outcome of "entitlement reform." Even worse, he will do this with the backing of none other than Senator Bernie Sanders.
I reach this conclusion because of the wording of one of Ed's questions to Senator Sanders:
"So Senator, you want President Obama to hit the road after the first of the year (to which Sanders nods), and go sell the American people, just like Bush did in 2005, when he won relection?"
The only way Senator Sanders could in good conscience possibly endorse a Presidential Road Trip, would be IF there is not a Bowles-Simpson framework passed and signed into law during the Lame Duck session.
And, from all that I hear and read, it is not likely that a framework will fail to pass in an expedited manner before the end of the year, probably shortly before or after Thanksgiving.
Yet, both of these gentlemen appear to be willing to be part of an effort to fool the American people into believing, that AFTER the framework is put in place, there is still hope that "entitlements" can be spared from the chopping block.
I believe that we're getting ready to witness the most incredible and cynical bit of Kabuki Theatre that's ever taken place (in my lifetime, anyway).
Perhaps I should have name this post, Lessons Learned.I would say that this marketing effort is a result of the White House NOT having propagandized the "Affordable Care Act" or ACA sufficiently. THIS TIME, they won't come up short.
One major difference though, is that the other bill actually did drag out over a year, while it was being debated and hashed out (mostly Kabuki, but maybe with a little actual horse trading).
And this will have already been settled BEFORE the "Big Lies" are propagated. I'm certain of this, because they'll have to have agreed to the "numbers or figures" before they pass the bill, and clearly that doesn't happen until some degree (perhaps without complete specificity) of specifics have been agreed upon. IOW, they will definitely know a good deal of detail as far as which entitlements will be cut (whether it will include "means testing," lowering the CPI-Index, raising the FRA for Social Security, etc).
[If possible, I will add a transcript of about 2/3's of this conversation later. Apologize that I can't get to it, now.]