While some are lamenting the likely Democratic loss of the Senate, even questioning the need for midterms altogether, one person who may be seeing an opportunity in the GOP takeover is President Barack Obama. A Republican controlled Congress could provide the opening for Obama to pursue his much sought after “Grand Bargain” on social security and medicare.
|By: DSWright Monday November 3, 2014 12:31 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 28, 2014 10:58 am|
For decades Democrats had an advantage with seniors but that trend completely reversed after Obama took office. Republicans now have a noticeable edge with voters over 65. Obama can get away with this in a Presidential election because at the same time Democrats have developed a huge advantage among young voters — but it has created a huge problem for Congressional Democrats in mid-term elections with much older turnout.
While there are several reasons for Republicans gaining a big edge with seniors during Obama’s tenure much of the blame has to be put on his aggressive push to make senior citizens’ lives worse by cutting Social Security benefits. Despite the idea being extremely unpopular Obama insisted on putting chained-CPI in his budget.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday February 25, 2014 11:08 am|
To really understand how completely President Obama threw Democrats under the bus by putting chained-CPI in his budget last year, look no further than Florida. There the NRCC is attacking Alex Sink (D) in the special congressional election for saying positive things about Obama’s past grand bargain efforts.
|By: Jon Walker Friday February 21, 2014 10:06 am|
It is a sad comment about the current state of politics that the biggest progressive victory so far this year wasn’t a victory with the Democratic President, but a victory against him. While Obama did technically remove chained-CPI, he was the one who put it there in the first place. He is the one who has been consistently pushing for a grand bargain for years. He was the one who forced the Democratic party to temporarily back such a destructive and deeply unpopular position.
|By: Attaturk Monday January 6, 2014 1:30 am|
If we manage to get out of the remaining three years of the Obama Administration without something being referred to as a “grand bargain”* passed it will be a minor miracle.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 17, 2013 12:10 pm|
There is not much positive to say about this budget deal except for that fact that it helps temporarily kill the push for a grand bargain.
|By: dakine01 Sunday December 1, 2013 4:00 pm|
Whoever authored this editorial thinks military members are not “sacrificing” enough so pay and benefits need to be “on the table.” As I looked through the short bios of the various members of the Editorial Board, it is fairly obvious that few if any of them have actually had much experience of military life beyond the obligatory “I support the Troops” or “Thank you for your service” they may have uttered in an airport somewhere.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 23, 2013 11:30 am|
President Obama has always wanted a grand bargain to cut Social Security benefits. As long as he is in office it is a real concern, but every day it seems less and less likely Republicans would ever agree to work with him.
|By: letsgetitdone Wednesday October 16, 2013 4:25 pm|
If the President is obligated to obey the 14th amendment, then he should be doing whatever he can to use the other options to end the debt ceiling crisis. He should not be playing chicken with the Republicans over the debt ceiling and the shutdown. Both are dangerous to the economy, and there is a real risk of default in allowing the Treasury’s daily available balance to fall to the level it will be at as of October 17th.
|By: joe shikspack Friday October 11, 2013 2:00 pm|
Greetings Circus fans! Welcome back to the Circus that, like rust, never sleeps. For the past couple of days the red clowns have separated into rival gang factions to fight out their final strategery. Watching clowns enter into public backbiting and recriminations is always amusing for the audience and the pie has been flying.