Durbin is the same one that Wall Street first told about their inability to hide the mortgage crisis any further and that same night he adjusted his personal financial portfolio before the crisis became public knowledge.

This from CREDO:

This past weekend, Sen. Dick Durbin, the second most powerful Democrat in the Senate, appeared on Fox News Sunday and told host Chris Wallace that he would support cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits as part of a grand bargain with Republicans.

These vital and hugely successful programs deserve to be strengthened and expanded, not cut. But the Republicans are longstanding opponents of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and have been waging an unrelenting, decades-long assault to destroy, defund or privatize these programs.

The last thing we need is a powerful Democrat, especially one like Sen. Durbin who claims to care about these programs, going on national television and saying he’s open to making a deal with the Republicans that includes benefit cuts.

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After standing unified in the shutdown and debt ceiling fight, the Democrats are in a great negotiating position with Paul Ryan and the House Republicans. It is mindboggling that they would move from a position of strength to a position of weakness so quickly.

We need to send a message to Sen. Durbin that this kind of behavior is unacceptable.

But when we put pressure on Sen. Durbin, it also sends a message to other Senate Democrats and to President Obama, who has been close with Sen. Durbin since they served together as the two senators from Illinois.

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Not only did Sen. Durbin keep the door open to benefits cuts, he also parroted the misleading talking points of those who are committed to cutting Social Security and Medicare saying:

Social Security is gonna run out of money in 20 years.

[…]

If we don't focus on the health care and dealing with the entitlements, the baby boom generation is going to blow away our future. We don't want to see that happen.

As Senator Durbin knows, the Social Security trust fund was pre-funded by the Baby Boomers, to the tune of $2.7 trillion dollars, in order to help pay for their retirement. But Social Security can never run "out of money" because it has a constant stream of dedicated tax revenue.

And to the extent that we’re worried about it being able to pay 100% of scheduled benefits decades from now, the solution shouldn’t involve slashing already too-small benefits.

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Cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits is deeply unpopular across the political spectrum.

Not to mention, agreeing to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits would almost certainly torpedo the Democrats’ approval ratings and erase any electoral advantage they gained due to the shutdown.

Sen. Durbin is a powerful leader within the Senate and within the Democratic Party. We can’t let him think it’s acceptable to offer up benefit cuts, regardless of whether the offer is earnest or part of some stratagem.

These programs are too important to be used as bargaining chips. And we need to speak out to make sure he knows that we won’t sit down and stay quiet while he -- or any other Democrat -- does so.

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telliottmbamsc 6 years 18 weeks ago
#1

Democrats and Republicans are a cancer on the 99%.

Right now Independents are the largest voting block in America. Larger than both Democratic or Republican Voter blocks.

It is time for the People to take back America and prosecute those who abused and benefited from the current system of filth that dominates Washington.

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thomascupp 6 years 18 weeks ago
#2

GOOD MORN ABUSED AND USED TAX PAYERS WONDER WHAT THE SWEET BOYS OF THE GOP HAVE FOR US TODAY??? MAYBE WE WILL GET TO SEE LITTLE TED CRUZS RUN HIS MOUTH AND TELL US HE PLANS TO SHUT US DOWN AFTER XMAS OR WE MAY SEE SINNER MCSHAME HE COULD HAVE SEEN WOMD AGAIN OR SINNER BONEHEAD TRYING TO FIG OUT HOW TO PLEASE EVER BODY////// HAVE AGOOD DAY TEACUPP POBBOA

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Laborisgood 6 years 18 weeks ago
#3

I have expressed to Mr. Durbin, my opposition to the TPP on more than one occasion and just recently specific opposition to fast tracking the TPP which would shortchange the democratic process on this very important issue. Here is what I received back:

Thank you for your letter regarding Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). I appreciate hearing from you. The United States is currently involved in TPP negotiations with the leaders of the TPP countries—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. The goal of the TPP is to enhance trade and investment among the TPP partner countries, promote innovation and economic growth and development, and support the creation and retention of jobs. Congress has an oversight role with regard to U.S. participation in the TPP. For TPP agreements to apply in the United States, Congress must approve implementing legislation. Under the TPA, sometimes referred to as fast track, Congress sets forth negotiation goals and procedures for trade agreements and authorizes the President to enter into reciprocal trade agreements. TPA also allows for expedited legislative procedures by limiting debate, prohibiting amendments, and requiring an up-or-down vote. The expedited process is contingent on the President observing certain negotiation rules. TPA expired in 2007, but the requirements continue to be implemented. Proponents of TPA argue the law helps the negotiation credibility of the executive branch by assuring parties who sign onto the agreement that the deal will not be changed during the legislative process. However, opponents worry TPA goes too far in limiting Congress’s Constitutional right to regulate foreign commerce. I have been closely following progress on TPP negotiations and have met with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to discuss the issues involved. As the TPP and TPA negotiations continue, I will keep your concerns in mind. Thank you again for your letter. Please feel free to keep in touch. Sincerely, Richard J. DurbinUnited States Senator
Somehow, I get the feeling my concerns are not being honestly considered on this issue and would not expect any more out of him on SSI and MC. If the last GOP temper tantrum was not successful, I'm not sure why there should be any urgency on a grand bargain that essentially pays the ransome to the GOP hostage takers that have no leverage.

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Laborisgood 6 years 18 weeks ago
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