Update: It looks like Dave Dayen is on the same wavelength, although I don’t know where he thinks this outside movement is going to come from unless Democrats such as himself throw in the towel with their party to start one. If you don’t put your foot down or walk away *before* the convention, they’re going to think you’re onboard with whatever it is they have in mind. S^*( or get off the pot.
I’m surprised that it’s necessary for me to be so explicit but those of you liberal/progressives who are running scared to Obama should slow down and think this through.
Because Obama is about to sacrifice you.
If my suspicions are correct, the GOP has elevated Paul Ryan because they want to push for a deficit reduction deal *before* the election. Expect it to get fast and furious now. Who knows, maybe they’ll come back to the House early to discuss what an emergency it is to cut the deficit. Cut it now, I say!
But they’re not going to hurt seniors or probably anyone 55 and older. That would be cruel, and besides, that’s the Republicans’ base. No, it will probably involve generational warfare, means testing, making the retirement age 85. Something like that. And Medicare for seniors? Also, probably safe. The rest of us will have to pay through the nose.
And then there is discretionary spending. You know, no one in this country is entitled to a higher education. Your parents don’t have to help you pay for it. My parents used to tell me this all the time. And food stamps. Why are so many people getting food stamps? Or unemployment insurance? Or SCHIP, for god’s sakes?? What are we running here, a government or a clinic?
Whatever the deal is, Obama’s going to cut it. The Republicans are going to want this to happen *before* the election. Maybe the bill will be passed during the lame duck session but the election narrative is going to focus around the deficit. The Deficit, and NOTHING BUT THE DEFICIT.
When the time comes, Obama will bow to the media narrative, hoping it will spare him, and he and the rest of the Confederacy of Dunces in the Democratic party will sell every one of you out.
Well, we’re only progressives and liberals after all. Who cares about us?
You heard it here first.
As for me, you couldn’t pay me enough money to vote for either party this year. There really *isn’t* a difference anymore and it’s time we stopped pretending there is. There hasn’t been a difference since 2008 when the bankers bought the Democrats.