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We've known it was coming: Word from WH Obama will offer up SocSec cuts before

Repubs get to offer cuts.

Robert Kuttner at Politico.

The tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is just the first part of a multistage drama that is likely to further divide and weaken Democrats.

The second part, now being teed up by the White House and key Senate Democrats, is a scheme for the president to embrace much of the Bowles-Simpson plan — including cuts in Social Security. This is to be unveiled, according to well-placed sources, in the president’s State of the Union address.

The idea is to pre-empt an even more draconian set of budget cuts likely to be proposed by the incoming House Budget Committee chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), as a condition of extending the debt ceiling. This is expected to hit in April.

White House strategists believe this can also give Obama “credit” for getting serious about deficit reduction — now more urgent with the nearly $900 billion increase in the deficit via the tax cut deal.

How to put this politely? For a Democratic president, this approach is bad economics and worse politics. (My emphasis)

What a set of bloody minded fools. Bah humbug. And so typically Obama.

I have to go throw up, the insula reaction is overpowering.


twig's picture
Submitted by twig on

and incomprehensible, but apparently only to some of us.

What is the point of depriving anyone, especially older people, of the small security blanket SS provides? What kind of person is motivated by a desire to harm others like this?

So SS and Medicare will be slashed, and there are no jobs. What's next? Any ice floes still around?

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Submitted by DCblogger on

maybe they were setting us up to kill the filibuster just when Bernie Sanders and Al Franken might use it to protect us.