Victory! Chained CPI Out Of The Obama Budget

Great news! The AP just reported that the chained CPI will not be in President Obama’s budget. This is a victory for populists who want politicians to fight for the majority of real Americans facing tough economic realities.
Roger Hickey
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Chained CPI: Don’t Do It, Mr. President

Why is whether President Obama will reprise the "chained CPI" Social Security cut in his 2015 budget even an open question? Truth is, motives don't matter. What we know for sure is that it is still an open question.
Richard Eskow
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Is PBS Being Paid To Join The Plot Against Pensions?

David Sirota this week broke the story that conservative financier John Arnold, who is on a campaign to dismantle state public pension programs, has given $3.5 million to PBS to finance a series on "The Pension Peril."
Is PBS Being Paid To Join The Plot Against Pensions?
Isaiah J. Poole
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We Have Met the Enemy and She is Old

Last week a judge ruled that Detroit could move forward with its plan to cut pensions for retired city workers. This week Washington is celebrating a budget deal that harms older people. When did old people become The Enemy?
Richard Eskow
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A Small Victory: For Now, Hands Off Social Security

Credit goes to progressives who made calls, signed petitions and showed up at rallies to tell Congress to not cut Social Security and Medicare as part of any budget deal. "You all stood up and backed them down."
Richard Long
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Alec Is Planning For A Busy Year…

As long as politicians are bought and paid for, organizations like ALEC will have dangerous influence over the legislation that effects us all. It's time to put an end to the corporate control of Congress once and for all.

USA Today Sides With the Public Pension Wrecking Crew

USA Today offers the latest entry in the race to punish public-sector workers for successfully retaining the benefits that used to be broadly available to private-sector workers.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Ryan Gets 700,000 ‘No’ Votes on Social Security Cuts

We helped deliver a petition to House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan signed by more than 700,000 people calling for "no grand bargain in exchange for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts."
Isaiah J. Poole
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CBO Director To Budget Committee: Stop Making It Worse

The budget conference committee meets this week to hammer out a "bipartisan compromise," before kamikaze conservatives” pull the economy into another nosedive. CBO Director Doug Elmendorf has some advice:
Terrance Heath
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The Grand Bargain Was Not Conceived As A Budget Negotiation

Just a reminder here that the Grand Bargain was not conceived as a "deal" between the Republicans and Democrats to cut the "entitlements" in exchange for some "revenue." That's the "Balanced Approach" set forth by the President in the 2012 campaign.
Digby
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Save Social Security

On Wednesday, a panel discussion and press conference were held to examine Social Security’s role in in the retirement income crisis. An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that Social Security benefits should not be cut.
Emily Foster
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Softening The Sequester

It is a bit worrying that the White House has to explain virtually every day now that just because it sounds like White House officials and the president are putting entitlements on the chopping block doesn't mean they really are doing it.
Digby
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Today’s Villager Wisdom

Ruth Marcus fills us in on what constitutes "reasonable" now that the Republicans have proven themselves asses with their government shutdown. And, you guessed it, it's time for Democrats to compromise and agree to cut "entitlements."
Digby
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ALEC and TIAA-CREF Join The Assault On Public Pensions

The right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council has jumped into the conservative effort to dismantle public pension systems in a big way. So has TIAA-CREF, which markets the kind of plans that ALEC wants states to move to.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Road from Here: What About Medicare and Social Security?

In 12 weeks our new system of government-by-crisis will resume: more threats, more confrontations, more extreme rhetoric. This can only play out a few ways, most of which involve Medicare and Social Security cuts.
Richard Eskow
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It’s All Over, Until Next Time

Remember in 2009, when Jim DeMint said health care reform would be President Obama's Waterloo? Four years later, defunding health care reform became the GOP's Alamo. But Republicans aren't done damaging their party, or the rest of the country, yet.
Terrance Heath
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The Moustache Of (Mis)Understanding Strikes Again

This Thomas Friedman column is so bad,you have to read the whole thing to experience the full horror of it. It reads like something the messaging shop at Fix the Debt put together to sound like Thomas Friedman.
Digby
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The ‘Plot Against Pensions’ Takes Aim At California

In the wake of our report on the effort to undermine public pensions, David Sirota writes in Salon about an organization created by John Arnold poised to lead an attack in California that could damage workers nationwide.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Even When You Do Everything Right, Life Happens

It's nice to think that you can plan everything properly, make the right decisions, be smart, be successful. But you just don't know when life is going to toss you a curve ball that sets you off on a totally different course.
Digby
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