Yes, the socialist, collectivist, communist Kenyan Usurper has offered up Social Security to the Supply-Side Godz. Although Social Security, by law, cannot add to the deficit, Obama doesn't care about any of that boring reality stuff. The president offered up cuts to Social Security as part of his newly released budget.....and the reason the White House gave for doing so.....was that the president is making a good-faith gesture to rascally Republicans opposed to compromise of any kind with a Democratic president.
Surely a Democratic presidential plan to cut Social Security benefits would break down Republican intransigence to compromise with the hated Usurper. I mean, right? Offer Republicans a budget with Republican priorities like "slashing entitlements", and Republicans will rush to strike a deal, finally convinced that Obama is Serious about doing something meaningful.
Remember, similar strategy worked out so well in breaking down Republican resistance to the Affordable Care Act. Obama offered a Republican-inspired plan in the for-profit, health insurance exchanges set up in the ACA....a plan first advocated by the Heritage Foundation and Newt Gingrich in the 90's. By doing so, Obama won over a boatload of GOP votes for Obamacare. Wait....what?....check that, Obama received zero votes in Congress from Republicans when he offered up a Heritage and Newty right wing plan in Obamacare. Never mind.
Because Obama's pre-emptive compromise with Republicans in the ACA worked out so well in attracting GOP support.........Obama is back trying out a similar pre-emptive capitulation to Republicans by slashing Social Security. Because THIS TIME Republicans will finally comprehend the sincerity of Obama's desire to give Republicans what they want. Republicans will take special note of Obama's offer to slash SS and immediately be transformed into born-again Obama partners.
Right away Obama's strategy in offering to cut Social Security while being a Democratic president, (some say the kind of advanced strategy required to play 11 dimensional chess), is paying huge....I'm talking big.....dividends. As Obama had hoped, Republicans have quickly embraced his offer to slash entitlements......
“Well, I thought it very intriguing in that the budget really lays out kind of a shocking attack on seniors, if you will,” RCCC Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) said on CNN.
House Republican Conference Vice-Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) blasted Obama for his recent budget proposal, saying it would put America on "a roadmap to Greece."
John Boehner welcomed the "incremental" SS cuts as a good start but.....
"I would hope that he would not hold hostage these modest reforms for his demand for bigger tax hikes."
Seriously....after 2011's high-noon, GOP-driven, debt ceiling hostage taking attempt ending in a downgrade of U.S. debt.....Boehner had the nads to actually say that yesterday.
What I really think. This week, this month marks the end of Obama's presidency. Not the end of a second election honeymoon.....the end of Obama's presidency. No, he won't step down or anything, although he very well could be impeached in 2015. But Democratic presidents don't pre-emptively offer up cuts to Social Security checks.....when Social Security checks do not add to our debt or deficit. Democrats simply don't do stuff like that. Republicans do.....see: George W. Bush circa 2005.
Obama, in what I would suggest is an expression of conceit, claims he is oh-so-above political demarcation lines.....but pragmatically, there's no doubt in my mind that Obama is simply the second coming of Bill Clinton....a Third Way corporatist willing and able to expand corporate control over our government and our nation in the hopes that a few crumbs might fall the 99%'s way, eventually.
Finally for today....the stealth plan of the corporatists is to lower tax rates on wealthy Americans. Sure, the players won't state it that way, but regardless, that's the plan. Whether it's the quietly-moving-forward work of the awful Max Baucus (D-MT) and Dave Camp (R-MI)....
Tax reform will close special-interest loopholes to help lower rates.
...or the corporatist plans as laid down by Democratic President Barack Obama in this December 2012 quote....
"Let's let [rates on higher-income earners] go up and then let's set up a process with a time certain at the end of 2013, or the fall of 2013, where we work on tax reform, we look at what loopholes and deductions both Democrats and Republicans are willing to close and it's possible that we may be able to lower rates by broadening the base at that point," he said.
There is absolutely no difference between Obama and leading Republicans on economic policies...not really. Democrats say they fear Republicans will dismantle entitlement programs for the sake of the rich few......the very policy Obama continues to offer up.
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