Yet Another Attempt To Institute The Grand Bargain—At The Expense Of Medicare And Social Secuity

These jerks just don't get it. They will get at our earned retirement benefits like Social Security and Medicare over our dead bodies. Because once we don't have enough to live on when we're old, and can't afford go to the doctor when we're sick, we

These jerks just don't get it. They will get at our earned retirement benefits like Social Security and Medicare over our dead bodies. Because once we don't have enough to live on when we're old, and can't afford go to the doctor when we're sick, we have nothing left to lose and we're going to be camped out in the waiting rooms of our local Congress critters, hoping to spread whatever bacteria or virus is in our system.

Please understand: They are just going to keep trying until they catch us with our guard down. Don't let it happen:

A small, bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and Senate are secretly drafting deficit grand bargain legislation that cuts entitlements and raises new revenue.

Sources said that the task of actually writing the bills is well underway, but core participants in the regular meetings do not yet know when the bills can be unveiled.

The core House group of roughly 10 negotiators is derived from a larger Gang of 100 lawmakers led by Reps. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Health Shuler (D-N.C.), who urged the debt supercommittee to strike a grand bargain last year.

That larger group includes GOP centrists like Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), who has said Republicans should abandon their no-new-tax-revenue pledge, as well as Tea Party-backed members like Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.).

The key test in the coming months will be to see whether the core group can get buy-in from many of the 100 members who vaguely support “going big” on the deficit once real cuts and tax increases are identified.

The talks are so sensitive that some members involved do not yet want to be identified.

Gee. I wonder why?

Shuler, who is retiring this year, is keen to establish a legacy as a deficit cutter before leaving Congress and he is involved in the drafting effort.

His efforts have the strong support of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who is actively meeting with individual Democrats to try to get them on board with finding a compromise that stabilizes the national debt.

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