Most Americans oppose slashing spending on Medicaid and the military, as well as raising the age for Medicare eligibility and slowing the increase of Social Security benefits, all of which appear to be on the table in negotiations. Majorities call each of these items “unacceptable.” – Poll: Most want “˜fiscal cliff’ compromise but oppose cuts that may be part of deal
PRESIDENT OBAMA used the voters’ outrage against conservative economics to get re-elected in 2012. But he’s ignoring what the public said to implant his conservative fiscal compromises during the fiscal
cliff scheme negotiations.
So, President Obama wins an election that he ran on raising taxes for the top 2%, which showed absolutely no public appetite for putting entitlements on the table. But then he gets in the deal negotiations and starts bargaining Social Security, of all programs to start selling off.
In order to strike a budget deal that avoids the so-called “fiscal cliff”, would you accept changing the way Social Security benefits are calculated so that benefits increase at a slower rate than they do now or is this something you would find unacceptable? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
There is no public appetite for the compromises Obama is proposing and no mandate from the people to do it.
What was the point on winning the election?
Oh, right, it was about Barack Obama, but had absolutely nothing to do with policy prescriptions that have made the Democratic Party what it has always been.
If these entitlement cuts are agreed upon, and if Democrats in Congress go along, after this is over people should understand that Barack Obama has changed the very essence of what it means to be a Democrat.
It’s not hard to see that if Social Security cuts are begun under President Obama, because it won’t be the last we’ll see, it would have been better if Republicans would have won in November and been the ones to offer up entitlement cuts. That way the Democratic Party could have found its soul once again by taking the Republican middle class marauders on in a political assault that would have made heroes out of progressives, instead of showing them out as fools for ever trusting Obama in the first place.
No one can say I didn’t warn you.