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Last year Republicans demanded the president offer a change to Social Security known as “Chained CPI” in exchange for a “grand bargain.” Since then, 104 Republicans voted for it.

And in an attempt to reignite hopes of a new, big deficit deal, President Obama included it in his budget.

Many Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), have attacked the proposal as chipping away at Social Security, a program that Democrats created and have been defending since the 1930s. The way it hurts seniors is difficult to explain (as you can see from the AARP graphic below).

This post from The Nation debunks the myths about “Chained CPI.” But for a simple explanation, watch President Clinton’s former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich break it dow in the video above, with the help of his happy cartoon figures.

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Imag: Donkey Hotey via Flickr.com

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

The late Sen. John McCain

I don't know Kyrsten Sinema, but I did know John McCain. Not at all intimately, to be sure, but just enough to say -- despite her pretensions and the fantasies of her flacks that she is the reincarnation of the war hero in a purple wig -- that Kyrsten Sinema is no John McCain.

Lately Sinema has advertised herself as a "maverick," by which she means that she flouts the positions and policies of her party's leadership, and is supposed to pair her with McCain, who sometimes strayed from the Republican party line. Her most notorious attempt at imitation occurred last year with a gesture on the Senate floor marking her vote against a minimum wage increase. Her coy mimicry of the admired war hero was synthetic, leaving an unpleasant odor in its wake. When McCain delivered his bold "thumbs down" on gutting Obamacare, he was protecting Arizona's working families – not betraying them.

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