Oh hell. Out of retirement already.
I just have to post this. For all those “progressives” that think Barack Obama is playing some kind of 11-dimensional chess on Social Security, he’s not. He’s wanted to do this for years. From the very beginning of his presidency.
At some point, these people will wake up and smell the coffee. A supposedly liberal/progressive/Democratic president would not be so ignorant of his own party’s history (or his country’s history, for that matter) and parrot conservative talking points, let alone believe them.
Social Security was never going to be killed at the hand of a Republican. Nope, it appears that it will take a “Democrat.”
Obama: Social Security is most definitely in play (Lambert again)
[OBAMA] Now, I will tell you that Social Security disability has gone up significantly during this recession. Some of you may have read in the last couple of days that Social Security — the Social Security trust fund is worse off now because of the recession than it was. We were already having some issues with Social Security, and so we’re going to have to do some significant reforms of Social Security.
Remember in 2004, when GWB won a great “mandate” by running on terra, terra, terra, and then after the election out-of-the-blue immediately went on a national barnstorming tour to “reform” Social Security? Remember how the Dems beat that one back? What are they gonna do now?
President-elect Barack Obama pledged yesterday to shape a new Social Security and Medicare “bargain” with the American people, saying that the nation’s long-term economic recovery cannot be attained unless the government finally gets control over its most costly entitlement programs.
That discussion will begin next month, Obama said, when he convenes a “fiscal responsibility summit” before delivering his first budget to Congress. He said his administration will begin confronting the issues of entitlement reform and long-term budget deficits soon after it jump-starts job growth and the stock market.
“What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further,” he said. “We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else’s.” (WaPo)
The thing is, this isn’t out-of-the-blue. Obama’s been signaling this all along.
We tried to tell you.