We have all we need here to caucus. The idea is to get to solutions before DC does, and see how close we were to what they actually do. First some Mea Culpas. During the primary season, I have played politics in the worst way. I have been obstinate, and have been, at times, mean spirited. I apologize. The dust has settled, and we now face our first really big challenge. The Fiscal Cliff. Speaker Boenher has agreed to put revenue (newspeak for taxes) on the table in exchange for spending cuts. We all know each others political bent here, so as a Progressive, I feel that Obama should take this plan. In the big three entitlements, we need to address that, but not all at once. Let's start with SS. We must either raise the retirement age, or cut benefits, or both. My plan: Cut benefits. Inform those 40 and under that their benefits will be cut. 40 is a good age, they still have 25 years to plan for retirement. 40-55 retirement age will go to age, I dunno, 70? 55 and up, no change, benefits stay the same. Medicare and Medicaid. Hard to address till Obamacare is rolled out. What does the ET caucus have to say. I know Tsing is not the only fiscal here, so let see if we can craft a plan before the politicos do, and see how close it is to our plan. Luke is concerned about the entitlement class. I agree that entitlements must be cut, but they have to be cut across the board, and incrementally. So how do we get this started?