Everyone must now debate the measures recommended by the inept chairs of the Deficit Reduction (aka “Catfood”) Commission to reduce the federal deficit. The fact this topic is the focus of attention is itself a national tragedy and a sign of the political elite’s unwillingness to heed the public’s concerns and their desire that government focus on the nation’s real priorities.
|By: Scarecrow Thursday November 11, 2010 6:02 am|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 10, 2010 6:25 pm|
While more and more prominent Democrats slowly joining President Obama’s drum roll in support of Social Security cuts “reforms,” like those just put forward by the co-chairs of the deficit commission he appointed, this most recent election should give them serious pause before pursuing these recommendations.
In this last election, Democrats performed terribly with senior citizen voters. National House exit polling shows only 38 percent of those over 65 voted for Democrats while 59 percent votes for Republicans. This is the worst showing for Democrats among seniors in decades and a big part of why Dems lost so many House seats.
According to a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research memo (PDF), it was concerns about the “cuts” to Medicare in the new health care law that caused such a huge swing away from Democrats among the elderly.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday November 10, 2010 3:15 pm|
This is a really vicious proposal. But just because it has a few tax increases doesn’t necessarily mean that Republicans won’t take it and run with it. And there are enough Democrats in the Third Way side of things to be swayed by a “get serious” approach.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday November 10, 2010 2:31 pm|
Social Security cuts are coming for “virtually every American alive and those yet to be born,” in the words of Eric Kingson, co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign.
And for what? Corporate tax cuts. Every member of this commission, every member of Congress, and President Obama himself must reject these insane ideas. We’re starting an emergency petition to President Obama and his Catfood Commission to take Social Security cuts off the table.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday April 29, 2010 12:46 pm|
Before you start hacking away at “entitlement programs” and telling little old ladies to suck it up and chow down with kitty, Dick (may I call you Dick?) how about a CBO score on the money that would be saved by a Medicare buy-in for businesses? I’m sure all those much-vaunted “small businesses” everyone is always gassing on about (you know, the “engines of economic growth”) would be delighted to see their health care costs cut 15%-30%. Think of what a good jobs creation measure it would be in a time of high unemployment.