First: May 26, 2012
Last: September 30, 2013
The spin put on this one by Radical Right Neo-Cons is right up there with what they did...and are still doing.....with the so-called sequester.
Keep your head on straight.........don't get dizzy and lose your way. It is NOT your interests the RRR have in mind.
The 'Chained CPI' concept originated with the Radical Right faction of the Republican Party. Originally it was part of a concerted effort to chip away at what that faction derisively termed "entitlements". Tactics...... intended to progressively dismantle and destroy Social Security entirely at the end of the process. Part and parcel of what Ryan proposes.
The Obama administration 'blinked' and floated an accommodation to RRR obstructionism. Me....personally....I wouldn't have done that....you either, probably, but our judgement and expertise within the political framework in place is as questionable as the information to which we are privy. This poker hand has not played out......yet.
The RRR perceive that accommodation as weakness AND are working overtime to tag Obama with the culpability for ALL negative consequences.........most especially those who depend on Social Security Benefits and those who supported Obama in the 2012 elections. If you doubt that, read the rhetoric. It is a well coordinated and concerted effort, conspicuously lacking in anything resembling 'the truth of the matter'....but credible enough to dissemble and deceive.
The RRR faction, together with the balance of the Republican Party in Congress, have employed similar tactics regarding the so-called sequester.........and still do. The tactical hallmark of that faction.....going back to McCarthy, Goldwater, 'The John Birch Society' and that ilk.
The sequester was intended to be so unpalatable to either party....and to THE PEOPLE....that everybody would gulp in true statesman fashion, swallow their bile and do the COMMON GOOD for a change. Fat Chance! COMMON GOOD to the RRR wrecking crew is just another socialist....no...communist term. They conveniently forget that it is the purpose cited in the Constitution for reason to establish this Nation in the first place!
Question everything! Remember....a tool is something someone manipulates. Don't become one....have some pride.