They will turn on their own faster than a whirling dervish.

TacticalPeek (1000+ posts) Tue Apr-19-11 08:30 AM
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Sen. Dick Durbin: Social Security Cuts Should Not Be Ruled Out
Source: ABC

Senator Says 'Gang of Six' Have Better Chance than Ryan or Obama to Cut Deficit

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2011

Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says the bi-partisan group of senators working to find a way to reduce the deficit -- the so-called "Gang of Six" -- is near agreement on a plan that will chart a middle ground between the House Republican budget and the plan outlined last week by President Obama.

And while other top Democrats say Social Security should be untouched, Durbin says Social Security changes should be made now.

"You have the House Republican budget from Congressman Paul Ryan, who I know and like, which is going to be placed somewhere on the right side of the spectrum. You have the president's suggestion, which will be on the other side of the spectrum. And if and when we reach an agreement, it will be in the middle, a bipartisan effort, which I think has a chance to succeed," Durbin said in an interview for ABC News' "Subway Series."

He expects the Gang of Six -- which, in addition to Durbin, includes senators Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; Mark Warner, D-Va.; and Kent Conrad, D-N.D. -- to agree on a plan shortly after Congress returns from its Easter recess.

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Fuck you, Dick Durbin, and fuck your self-confessed, fat cat owners.
Let the explosions begin!

Odin2005 (1000+ posts) Tue Apr-19-11 08:32 AM
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2. Both parties are wholely owned subsidiaries of the Corporatists.
alsame (1000+ posts) Tue Apr-19-11 08:34 AM
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3. We are screwed. If Durbin is going along with SS 'reform', there
is little hope. As for 'D' Warner, I saw him on TV the other day spouting the GOP meme that SS is bankrupt.

The reason Warner said that Social Security is bankrupt is because IT IS!!
neoralme (229 posts) Tue Apr-19-11 10:58 AM
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57. I keep thinking that something will come along that will bring the
Democrats or anyone out onto the street with pitchforks (metaphor). But I now realize that won't happen. Look at what makes up the voting public in this country. Sure, there are people who'll still hit the street and fight and die when the time comes. But not many... Much easier to simply email Bernie Sanders or your representative who'll smile as he's throwing the wad of paper into the roundfile. What will probably happen, at least I hope will happen, if the conservatives try and do meaningful cuts to Social Security, the boomers will hit the streets, ready to really to fight. That's what I'm hoping. There are things happening in States now so horrible, I cannot for the life of me understand why their statehouses are still standing. It is simply a different mentality. Right now, there should be people sitting around at secret locations staring at a chalkboard where some paramilitary type is doing diagrams of how the next mission will be accomplished. Oh, well...
Most of the country does not have the fevered imaginations of DUmmies, DUmmy. That's why.

Here's a hint for you, moonbat: the people who are out in the streets protesting are out there because they are sick and fucking tired of the federal government spending money like drunken Kennedys. The people, the overwhelming majority of the people, want this spending to stop. That is why your kind got blown out in the last election and why it will happen again in the next election.
Dyedinthewoolliberal (1000+ posts) Tue Apr-19-11 08:53 AM
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12. So the question is;
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 08:53 AM by Dyedinthewoolliberal
what are we going to do about this? Right now, the American population is like a huge herd of sheep. A few barking dogs keep us in line and we go where we are directed. I like to think of those old cartoons where someone would mess with a beehive. Remember the shitstorm that always took place then?
So what's it gonna be America?
Well, moonbat, you're going to impotently sit in your mother's basement and bitch about being out of pot and cheetos on DU. Most of the rest of us non-DUmmies are going to go to work and be productive citizens and some of us are busy raising hell about all of the reckless spending that Congress is doing.
JDPriestly (1000+ posts) Tue Apr-19-11 09:31 AM
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22. We should confront Durbin about the fact that we have bankrupted
our country fighting in Iraq and the oil companies of the world took the Iraq oil money that Rove told us would pay for the war.

This cannot stand. Durbin is lying to us.

We don't need austerity measures. We need war reparations for us and for the Iraqi and other people and their governments who were forced to pay the price for this war for oil by our governments on behalf of those same oil profiteers.

Will the price of oil go up? Yes. As it should. We have to find other sources of energy or change our lifestyles.
Tell ya what, JD: you change your lifestyle and stay the hell out of my business and my gas prices, mkay?

There's a full-on meltdown in progress right now in that thread. Good stuff.