. . . and they were right!
Joan McCarter at Cheetoville:
The New York Times and Wall Street Journal are reporting that President Obama is “strongly considering” including cuts to social insurance program benefits in his budget. The budget is slated to be released on April 10, the same day Obama is having yet another charm offensive dinner with Senate Republicans. Because this strategy has been working so well for him.
Well, since Republicans are criticizing him for not fully and officially embracing his desire to cut benefits to the poor and elderly, by all means he has to make the offer. Included in that, reportedly, is the chained CPI for Social Security and an idea from Eric Cantor for restructuring Medicare that would combine Medicare’s coverage for hospitals and doctor services, creating a single deductible that could increase out-of-pocket costs.
That should be considered a certainty, rather than a possibility. That goes along with the certainty that Republicans are going to use an official White House proposal to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits in 2014 to run against Democrats. Republicans aren’t engaging in any of the budget negotiations in good faith. They didn’t do so in Obama’s first term, and they have no intention to do so now, regardless of the 2012 election.
Obama is president and the Democrats control one house of Congress, but those big bad Republicans are forcing poor Barack to make granny eat cat food! Of course in Vile Progworld, Republicans are evil people who chortle with glee at the thought of senior citizens starving.
There was a time when my knee-jerk reaction would be just what McCarter is seeking. I’m not making any rash judgments these days and I don’t trust either party.
I just find the shocked reactions of the Vile Progs amusing. Where the hell have they been the last five years? Did they really believe that campaign rhetoric last year?
Could they really be that stupid?
(Yes they can!)