This was entirely predictable, given the political wrong-headedness of including Chained-CPI Social Security reductions in the president’s budget submission to Congress:
REP. GREG WALDEN (R-OR), CHAIRMAN, NRCC: Well, I thought it very intriguing in that the budget really lays out kind of a shocking attack on seniors, if you will. And we haven’t seen all the detail yet, and we’ll look at it, but I’ll tell you, when you’re going after seniors the way he’s already done on Obamacare, taking $700 billion out of Medicare to put into Obamacare, and now coming back at seniors again, I think you’re crossing that line very quickly here in terms of denying access to seniors for health care in districts like mine, certainly, and around the country. I think he’s going to have a lot of pushback from some of the major senior organizations on this and Republicans, as well.
The head of the GOP’s Congressional election arm has framed the 2014 midterm elections. Today. Republicans are the defenders of Social Security, keeping it safe and whole from attacks on it by the Democratic president. Democrats seeking election, or especially re-election, to the House and Senate are on notice from the GOP: you can support the president’s budget and be part of a “shocking attack on seniors” … and orphans … and veterans … and widows … and the disabled.
Oh, also: it’s a tax increase, because brackets creep.
Congressional Democrats (and those who aspire to be): You can support this and be branded anti-senior by the GOP in 2014.
Or you can step away smartly from this political malpractice by Team Obama. Pick your side, because the GOP has defined them already. Nothing else will likely matter for the midterms: not peace v war, not earth v extraction industries, not gun safety v 2nd amendment remedies. The theme for 2014 is this “shocking attack on seniors.”
Congressional Democrats: Are you for it? Or are you against it?