5 Reasons Why a Grand Bargain Would Be a Grand Betrayal

"There is no excuse for using a phony crisis as a tool to steal the social insurance of working Americans."

"On October 1, the minority Tea Party faction of one party in one house of Congress forced the entire government to shut down, and the protracted shutdown is now folding into the October 17 deadline for raising the debt limit. Republicans' initial ransom demand was repeal or delay of key components of the Affordable Care Act. As it became clear during the first week of the shutdown that the president was not going to sacrifice access to quality health insurance for millions of Americans, Republicans realized they had to redraft their ransom note. As Tea Partier Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) put it, their goal shifted to simply " getting something out of this. And I don't know what that even is." This week, that "something" is starting to look like a "grand bargain" or at the very least a "mini grand bargain." Yet a grand bargain -- whether large or small -- would be harmful for several reasons."
1. It would undermine our democratic process by rewarding extortionary parliamentary tactics. 
2. Giving in to them now would not be the end of it. 
3. Deficits are already under control. 
4. Further austerity would run the economy into the ground. 
5. The mini grand bargain being currently proposed would exacerbate already intolerable levels of social inequality. 
"With pensions disappearing and 401(k)s and IRAs providing meaningful retirement income to only the top third of ear..., most Americans are in dire need of greater retirement security. In this context, it makes no sense to cut Social Security benefits or to increase seniors' out-of-pocket health care costs.

"In sum, Democrats must hold firm and refuse House Republicans' attempt to extort a grand bargain. With 11.3 million Americans unemployed, the economic recovery fragile, and two-thirds of Americans facing the prospect of downward social mobi... agreeing to cut Social Security and Medicare in exchange for raising the debt limit would be a grand betrayal of the democratic process and the American people."

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I agree. Especially with

It would undermine our democratic process by rewarding extortionary parliamentary tactics.

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Judd Legum vividly refuted the false equivalency of the Republican extortion demands:

Can I burn down your house?

No

Just the 2nd floor?

No

Garage?

No

Let's talk about what I can burn down.

No

YOU AREN'T COMPROMISING!

(on Twitter, as reported at Daily Kos)

Extortion and not compromising! Right on, Ruth and Grinning Cat.

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