Thank you Cohen, et al. Keep on keepin’ on and we’ll stay with you!

SS will be cut, and additionally, medicare and/or medicaid will be slashed (possibly unemployment, too. Coz the 2008 crash created an epidemic of laziness, not the highest unemployment since the Great Depression.)

And it’ll probably be signed around midnight on New Years Eve. Just like the NDAA was. Clever trick there.


How pragmatic. And shame on the New Deal ideological purists.

——-“Matt Stoller ‏@matthewstoller

The rich will consent to have their taxes raised a bit as long as a bunch of poor old people die. Compromise!”——-


———” Matt Stoller ‏@matthewstoller

If now outraged Obama voters had made protecting entitlements a condition of support, Obama wouldn’t be about to kill a bunch of people.—————–”

It’s my fault. It’s your fault. It’s everyone’s fault and nobody’s fault.


Please become another Matt Stoller.

Goodbye social security and Democratic Party. I see you circling the drain.

I spoke to you on the phone once, around Y2K. I was only 18 years old.

Me: Hello? (I didn’t actually say hello…I said something different. You can remember why.)
You: This is Steve Cohen.
Me: Uhh…ok?
You: You know who I am, right?
Me: Um, no.
You: (insert relevant info. You were frustrated, for good reason.)
Me: Oh, wow, thanks!

End of conversation. (And yes, I did end up becoming politically active. Good advice you gave me there.)

I’m athena1 at firedoglake. I started the Occupy Memphis facebook page. I haven’t thanked you for protecting our occupation, by the way. Thank you. I mean that. I was sleeping out there with my kids (had to in order to occupy – because, poverty), and I was hoping I wasn’t risking their lives/sanity by exposing them to rubber bullets and teargas. Mentally ill homeless people I can deal with; a para-militarized police force sicked on the 99%? A bit out of my league.

Every New Years and 4th in the inner city, we play a fun game known as “Gunshots? Or Fireworks?” (The answer is obvious the rest of the year.) There is an apt metaphor here. All we leftie bloggers in Congressional Progressive Caucus zones are wondering about You Guys “Neoliberal hack? Or Revolutionary?”

I have decided for myself that you are the latter and not the former. Congratulations. But the 99% needs something from you. We need you to be willing to speak out against the Great Betrayal. We need you to disclose the 100% truth. We need you to do it LOUDLY and PROUDLY. We need you to know we’ll go Green Party in a Wall Street Second if you need us to. We are behind you.

The record the Democratic Party has made in the last 20 years is the greatest political asset any party ever had in the history of the world. We would be foolish to throw it away. There is nothing our enemies would like better and nothing that would do more to help them win an election.

I’ve seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn’t believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don’t want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign.

But when a Democratic candidate goes out and explains what the New Deal and fair Deal really are–when he stands up like a man and puts the issues before the people–then Democrats can win, even in places where they have never won before. It has been proven time and again.

We are getting a lot of suggestions to the effect that we ought to water down our platform and abandon parts of our program. These, my friends, are Trojan horse suggestions. I have been in politics for over 30 years, and I know what I am talking about, and I believe I know something about the business. One thing I am sure of: never, never throw away a winning program. This is so elementary that I suspect the people handing out this advice are not really well-wishers of the Democratic Party.

I’d add: There’s nothing really Trojan about it. It’s overtly a bill to cut Social Security and Medicare via the phase II “supercongress” (aka “Catfood Commission II”).

The people of Memphis did not send Steve Cohen to Washington to repeal the New Deal. And that’s what this bill is. Because this bill passed, Social Security WILL be cut, and Medicare WILL be cut (don’t delude yourselves about the “cuts for providers only” part.  Primary care providers (PCPs) are already operating in the red when they see Medicare patients. They literally already take a loss by seeing Medicare patients. Further cutting their payments only serves to lock the elderly out of any health care whatsoever.  It’s a” hurry up and die” policy.)

Social Security is solvent for the next quarter century.

The leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Out of Poverty Caucus is calling for protests at the White House.

We’ve got to educate the American people at the same time we educate the President of the United States. The Republicans, Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor did not call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal. The President of the United States called for that,” Conyers, who has served in the House since 1965, said. My response to him is to mass thousands of people in front of the White House to protest this,” Conyers said strongly.

A vast majority of major national school systems are consolidated. Have some courage, MCS board members. You’ll kill your job, but you’ll be heroes. We won’t forget you. For one moment, lay aside your rational self interest; that’s BS anyway – we’re a social species.

Please, please take one for the team, here and now. Be willing to do a Kamikazi on your own job for the sake of Memphis. The Memphis electorate just recently proved to be wise by electing Cohen – please, MSC board, don’t show us that we are, in fact, fools.

Do the right thing. Kamikazi your own jobs in the name of creating tax equity for Memphis families.