(1 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Get a load of this. It was released late yesterday evening in The Hill.
2 things happened Wednesday. The new Republican majority House gleefully voted to overturn the last session’s PPACA health care reform bill completely, as expected. And the Chinese President, Hu Jintao had a fancy state dinner at the White House with the President. It was said to be a “quintessentially American” state dinner, with lobster, rib eye beef with onion crisps, potatoes, and apple pie for dessert.
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011.
Senior White House officials have told Senate Democrats that raising the Social Security retirement age and changing the calculation for cost-of-living adjustments are “on the table” but no final decisions have been made, according to Senate sources.
A White House spokesman declined to comment.
Strategists for congressional Democrats fear this could create permanent Democratic minorities in the House and Senate.
These so – called political strategists really have their heads up their bums if they think their biggest problem is that it could create permanent Democratic minorities in the House and Senate.
I bet they want me and you to be civil about this.
Let’s get this straight.
This isn’t about which Party gets to be on top. This isn’t about getting somebody elected, or re elected, and it’s sure not about being able to pass more pathetic legislation and declaring a victory at the photo – opp.
This isn’t about writing your best selling, tell all, cover up biography afterwards, nor your cushy post administration job in the private sector or think tank.
This is literally about life and death for the elderly and the most vulnerable in our population.
They really think they can extort their remaining constituency on this issue.
They really think they can raise the retirement age to 68 or 69 before somebody can collect on Social Security or Medicare.
They think this is merely a matter of strategizing for the 2012 national re election of the Democratic candidate for the White House, and to hell with the House and Senate.
This is war.
Hey, Madame ex Speaker, we saw what you did before in the House, when push came to shove, on that concept of everybody in the tax extraction in exchange for universal eligibility of coverage for a government program. You punted, and it was disgraceful. Senate Majority Leader, too.
You know and I know what’s going down on that State of the Union speech this month.
There Will Be Platitudes. “And I pledge to you, Social Security will remain safe and solvent on my watch.”
Then afterwards he does whateverthehell he wants.
Don’t make me use the Mother of 5 Voice.
Froomkin has more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…