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E.J. Dionne: Ignore Grover Norquist but learn from him

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Democrats and liberals have to stop elevating Grover Norquist, the anti-government crusader who wields his no-tax pledge as a nuclear weapon, into the role of a political Superman. Start by insisting that Social Security and any increase in the retirement age be kept off the table. President Obama's bargaining hand will be strengthened further if he can tell Republicans that there just aren't Democratic votes for steep cuts in Medicaid and Medicare. The president's room for maneuver expands still more if liberals refuse to look at cuts in programs unless Republicans are prepared to raise tax rates on the wealthy.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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