Wall Street and their Washington hired hands are the big advocates of a “Grand Bargain” to end the government shutdown, but it turns out that for America's working families, the Grand Bargain is a Grand Bamboozle.
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.
President Obama's “no negotiations” posture only applies to the debt ceiling, and his budget still includes the “chained CPI” cut. Republicans are still railing against the programs they call “entitlements.” They're all looking for a deal.
Even in the lazy days of summer, there are troubling signs that a "Grand Bargain" could still wind up cutting Social Security benefits. This is no time to be complacent. We need activism on this issue, now more than ever.