Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Obama's trial balloon to Democrats: let's just commit Party suicideHeadline on an article by Stephanie Kirchgaessner and James Politi: Obama to propose Medicare and Medicaid cuts Financial Times 09/13/2011.
The could have titled it, "Obama proposes the dissolution of the Democratic Party."
The headline only mentions Medicare and Medicaid. But the article also says that Obama plans to cut Social Security benefits via the "chained CPI" subterfuge.
Hell, with this kind of approach, it would be easier if he just convened the Democratic National Committee and have them vote to just dissolve the Democratic Party.
The way it's going, Obama will be speaking FOXisms and calling it the "Democrat Party" before we know it!
Michele Bachmann during Monday's TeaNN (CNN/Tea Party cosponsored) candidates' debate said, "President Obama stole over $500 billion out of Medicare to switch it over to Obamacare." That was a lie. But the point is that she used Obama's proposed savings to Medicare resulting from the provisions of the Affordable Care Act to bash him for cutting Medicare. Even though even one of the Republicans candidates on stage indicated in some form they wanted to cut benefits from Social Security and Medicare, they will use Obama's proposed cuts against him in the 2012 campaign.
They don't have to convince voters that their plans on Social Security and Medicare are better than Obama's. They just have to blur the differences between his cuts and theirs to deprive him of an advantage on the issue. And blurring differences with the Republicans is something that Obama has certainly be willing to do on his own initiative.
It's tragic that the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln has become the John Calhoun Party. But for the Democratic Party of Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson to become the Party of Herbert Hoover: that is catastrophic.
Tags: barack obama, democratic party, medicare, social security
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