Saturday, April 06, 2013

Chain of fools

In the interests of my blood pressure, decided long ago to save my outrage for things that are clearly imminent. So I'm not all that exercised about Obama's new budget even though it's said to offer up the chained CPI on Social Security. Matt thinks it's dangerous but it's not scaring me yet. Looks like just another deal that isn't meant to happen.

It's a budget proposal. A political document that has more to do with messaging than policy. I do agree with Charlie Pierce though. Offering up yet another dismal grand bargain with these kind of optics is stupid politics and reinforces the false choices that should belong solely to the Republicans.
This is what Jim DeMint believes, after a few years in a sweet government job, from which he will derive a sweet government pension, and which enabled him to move sweetly into a quasi-governmental job at which he produces nothing at all except hot air. Nice work if you can get it. This is what they all believe. They believe that the problem with Social Security is This is why any economic compromise with these people is guaranteed to hurt all the wrong people.
I'm guessing the White House consultants decided Obama needed to piss off the liberals to appease the Village elders with a show of making tough choices. That may work. Twitter told me E.J. Dionne loved it. But the hundreds of millions of voters who get their news in 30 minutes on the teevee, all they're going to internalize is newscasters very seriously telling them -- again -- Obama wants to cut Social Security. After he and Joe explicitly promised not to touch Social Security. If there's some eleventy dimensional chess strategy here which leads to energizing the Democratic vote in 2014, I'm not seeing it.

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Blogger Sean Riley said...

Chess strategy...Is that what the kids are calling collusion between the two oh-so-freaking-disparate "parties" in our vaunted de-mock-racy these days? Yeee-ha. Because from where I stand, they just keep looking more and more like two cops playing a very poor game of bad cop/even-worse-cop. Our leaders have abandoned us. Populism is DEAD. With the exception of a few good people like Warren and Grayson? They don't care about us. AT ALL. Weep for our poor, lost Columbia...

10:40:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Could be that Democracy has a shelf life.

8:57:00 AM  
Blogger Sean Riley said...

Yes, and ours passed its freshness date around 1980.

10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It's pretty depressing. I don't think the grand bargain will ever happen, but even talking about this crappy policy is destructive and stupid.

10:42:00 AM  

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