The cuts the president is focusing on will impact largely on the social safety net.
The multimillionaire whose multis are about to increase dramatically.
By putting millions of Americans on the chopping block Obama committed a political act of spectacular ineptitude no matter how you try to spin it. Eleven dimensional chess????? More like Tiddlywinks.
The Republicans will have a field day.
The sound bites are about to go into production and will hit the airwaves continuously beginning next summer. “Obama wanted to cut Social Security and Medicare. The Republicans turned him down.”
Obama could be crushed for this blatant misstep alone.
Real Democrats have to put distance between themselves and Obama or he will take down the party along with his presidency just as he did in 2010 with his duplicity on the public option.
Yes, Republicans frame the debate just as they always do. But in this case Obama is their most ardent advocate. Perhaps he sees greatness in his legacy if he can tame the deficit “crisis”. But his advocacy has blinded him to the genuine crises of the day: Unemployment, the health insurance crisis and the root of all this evil – the revenue crisis.
If no one on his staff pulled him back from offering the self-immolating cuts to the social programs, it means only one thing: The White House is unalterably committed to cutting Social Security and Medicare. If Obama doesn’t do it this term, he will do it next should he be reelected.
Sadly, liberals are already beginning to rally around this man’s political corpse. Slaved to the Rahm Doctrine – that liberals have no place else to go so they can be discarded to be resurrected only on election day – the left wing of the party will do what it can to reverse what more and more seems like a lost cause.
However, progressives must consider alternatives. For example, if a Republican president is elected Democrats will have enormous incentive to stand fast against unreasonable, unwarranted and unjustified spending cuts and address the real crises of the day: Unemployment, health insurance and the root of it all – the revenue crisis.