Obama Preparing To Whack Social Security, Medicare?

This post by Jane Hamsher is very disturbing:

We Must Act Now to Save Social Security and Medicare

By: Jane Hamsher Friday July 15, 2011 12:28 pm

You would have to be in deep denial to listen to the President’s speech this morning and not realize, with crystal clarity, that Social Security and Medicare are on the chopping block.

It’s not a matter of “if” but “when.

Right now as Dave Dayen says, the only game in town is the McConnell/Reid plan, which calls for the creation of a Catfood II commission  to recommend cuts that would get and up-or-down vote in Congress.  It’s a prospect that the Social Security looters have been salivating over for years.  No amendments, no discussion.  A tried and true way to pass the wildly unpopular “shared sacrifice” cuts to Medicare and Social Security which have appeared in every plan so far.

In fact, the only quibble Obama expressed this morning with the Simpson-Bowles plan is that they cut too much from defense spending.  ”Shared sacrifice” means it’s okay for senior citizens to be plunged into poverty, but we apparently draw the line at Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

President Obama supports raising the retirement age to 67 according to the Huffington Post, which as Jon Walker points out effectively voucherizes the program for people ages 65-66.  That’s exactly what Paul Ryan wanted to do. Obama is publicly supporting means testing, which threatens to turn these programs into welfare programs —  one of the ways that the GOP has been trying to get a foothold into Social Security and Medicare, with the hope of destroying them, for decades.

President Obama tried to lecture progressives this morning, to tell us what we “should” be thinking and feeling right now, which is apparently to adopt his neoliberal policies.  No thanks.

Even allowing for Hamsher’s occasional rhetorical excesses, I find this very, very troubling.


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  • Bryan  On Friday July 15, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Corrente is saying that he has just thrown Elizabeth Warren under the bus.

    I don’t care who runs as the Republican nominee, no Democrat should vote for Zero, because he has been a disaster, worse for things that Democrats care about than any Republican would dare to be.

    • Steve  On Friday July 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      Elizabeth Warren was far too competent ever to take office in that role. Most of us knew it would never happen, and I have to presume she knew it too.

      Bryan, did you read the nearby article by Chris Floyd that Corrente pointed to, about the CIA using a doctor giving children’s Hep-B vaccines in Abbottabad in an attempt to get a sample of Osama’s DNA? The vaccines were real, but the doc never went back with the required second dose a month later… so they will be ineffective. Meanwhile, no one, anywhere, ever again, will trust an American doctor to provide genuine care in a foreign clinic. Supposedly the CIA thinks it was really clever using this ploy. To what depths have we sunk as a nation? Should I even care if we survive the Obama presidency?

  • MandT  On Tuesday July 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    “Should I even care if we survive the Obama presidency?” It might be better to hope Obama doesn’t survive his presidency.

    • Steve  On Tuesday July 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      MandT, I cannot think of any more direct path to national chaos than if the president or any other “senior official” were assassinated. Remember, the bad guys use events like that (think: 9/11) to wreak changes we never want to see.

      Unlike GeeDubya Bush, Obama is at least an elected president; it’s small consolation, but he did obtain his office legitimately. Let him be a one-term president; I think that is possible once enough people wake up to what he is doing. But I shudder to think of his likely successor, too.

  • MandT  On Tuesday July 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm


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