President Obama is betraying his own promises and his Democratic base by agreeing to cut Social Security.
Social Security and Medicare
A cartoon spoofing those, like Obama, who are keen on cutting Social Security.
By supporting the so-called chained CPI, Obama would increase the cost of living for people who rely on Social Security.
"You cannot call yourself a Democrat and support Social Security cuts."
He reneges on his campaign pledges, and he snubs the needy as well as his progressive base.
He’s again going after Medicaid, food assistance for the poor, and other domestic programs while promoting Medicare privatization.
Make the corporations pay, he says, not the elderly, and the poor, and our veterans.
But he obsesses about the deficit, and suggests a willingness to compromise on Medicare.
Hold the high-fives. President Obama’s apparent victory on the fiscal cliff is more like a late-game touchdown that is still being reviewed by replay officials.
Both Republicans and Democrats should pay attention: Austerity budgeting is not just bad policy; it’s bad politics.
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It’s not like Boehner had to beat Obama into the ground on this. The President, it seems, was always prepared to give it away.
“It is absolutely wrong, it is immoral in my view, and it is bad economics to move forward on deficit reduction on the backs of the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor.”
The deficit is an inside-the-Beltway obsession that at most inflames right-wing firebrands who are never going to support the Democrats.