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  • Barack Obama Pushing for Major Changes to Medicare

    Can you believe these Republicans? The way they bully and provoke and threaten the welfare of the country so that they can get what they want. How do they get away with it?

    Oh, wait. Here's how

    President Obama is pressing congressional leaders to consider a far-reaching debt-reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for Republican support for fresh tax revenue

    As part of his pitch, Obama is proposing significant reductions in Medicare spending and for the first time is offering to tackle the rising cost of Social Security, according to people in both parties with knowledge of the proposal. The move marks a major shift for the White House and could present a direct challenge to Democratic lawmakers who have vowed to protect health and retirement benefits from the assault on government spending…

    Rather than roughly $2 trillion in savings, the White House is now seeking a plan that would slash more than $4 trillion from annual budget deficits over the next decade, stabilize borrowing, and defuse the biggest budgetary time bombs that are set to explode as the cost of health care rises and the nation's population ages.

    This is a very interesting deal. I'm genuinely interested in what exactly it will entail. And also what Obama offers next after Republicans refuse.

    Is he legally allowed to privatize oxygen?

    Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, Debt, Democrats, Economy, House of Representatives, Medicare, Republicans, Social Security, Taxes
  • From the Pork Barrell: Two Girls, One GOP

    * Is there room for more than one misinformed, xenophobic, hyper-partisan woman in the GOP primary race? Let's hope so.

    * Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) somehow manages to get by on only $174,000 salary, but you don't see him complaining about waking up every morning and trying to cut pay for public workers who aren't him. What a trooper.

    * Rick Santorum gives a compelling reason why abortion is so evil: It detracts from the pyramid scheme that is Social Security.

    * The Tea Party is going to have its own NASCAR. Unconfirmed, but I hear it'll be running on unleaded hatred.

    * Fox News editor admits to lying about Barack Obama on cablzzzzzzzzzzzz… zzzzzzzzzzzzzz… zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Tags: Abortion, Fox, House of Representatives, Michele Bachmann, Money, NASCAR, Pork Barrel, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, Sean Duffy, Social Security, Wisconsin
  • Less Government Money for Teabaggers Unpopular Idea Amongst Teabaggers

    As any regular viewer of Fox News knows, everyday non-millionaires are going to have to make some hard sacrifices if we're going to dig ourselves out of the recession into which millionaires have immersed us.

    For some impossible to understand reason, though, that message is failing to gain popular support

    Less than a quarter of Americans support making significant cuts to Social Security or Medicare to tackle the country’s mounting deficit, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, illustrating the challenge facing lawmakers who want voter buy-in to alter entitlement programs.

    In the poll, Americans across all age groups and ideologies said by large margins that it was "unacceptable” to make significant cuts in entitlement programs in order to reduce the federal deficit. Even tea party supporters, by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, declared significant cuts to Social Security "unacceptable."

    But, wait, I thought that Tea Party people were all about smaller government and fiscal responsibility? I must be reading that wrong. Unless…

    This is gonna sound crazy, but… Do you suppose it's possible that Tea Party people are actually more concerned about their own self interest than the conservative ideals they're always talking about?

    (via Jay Bookman)

    Tags: Medicare, Polls, Social Security, Socialism, Tea Party
  • Rep. Bob Inglis Somehow Didn't Know That We Are All Just "Collateral for the Banks"

    Rep. Bob Inglis — a Republican congressperson with "a 93 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union" — will not be returning to Congress next year. That's because he lost his primary campaign to  Teapproved candidate Trey Gowdy. That is because he is a stinking liberal who thinks that maybe God is not speaking through the mouth of Glenn Beck.

    So, he lost his spot on the Tea Party Express. ("Next stop, the side of that mountain!"). But he'll always have the memories of dealing with his constituents

    "They were upset with me," Inglis recalls. "They are all Glenn Beck watchers." About 90 minutes into the meeting, as he remembers it, "They say, 'Bob, what don't you get? Barack Obama is a socialist, communist Marxist who wants to destroy the American economy so he can take over as dictator. Health care is part of that. And he wants to open up the Mexican border and turn [the US] into a Muslim nation.'" Inglis didn't know how to respond…

    Shortly before the runoff primary election, Inglis met with about a dozen tea party activists at the modest ranch-style home of one of them. Here's what took place: "I sat down, and they said on the back of your Social Security card, there's a number. That number indicates the bank that bought you when you were born based on a projection of your life's earnings, and you are collateral. We are all collateral for the banks.

    "I have this look like, 'What the heck are you talking about?' I'm trying to hide that look and look clueless. I figured clueless was better than argumentative. So they said, 'You don't know this?! You are a member of Congress, and you don't know this?!' And I said, 'Please forgive me. I'm just ignorant of these things.' And then of course, it turned into something about the Federal Reserve and the Bilderbergers and all that stuff. And now you have the feeling of anti-Semitism here coming in, mixing in. Wow."

    You gotta admit, it does seem kinda silly that a member of Congress doesn't know all this stuff about the banks harvesting our organs to make gold bricks out of our spleens, but this guy holding up the picture of Barack Obama's butt with Hitler's mustache under the anus does.

    Just goes to show you what's wrong with this country. Shame on you, Rep. Inglis, for being so willfully blind to Obama's spirit agents that live inside our oil lamps.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Federal Reserve, Glenn Beck, House of Representatives, Republicans, Social Security, South Carolina, Tea Party