Funny, liberal news outlets like the Washington Post didn’t notice President Obama’s lack of balance prior to the election, but now they’re suddenly taking note over the fiscal cliff fight. Are they really surprised that Obama isn’t giving an inch when it comes to his beloved tax hikes and refusal to cut spending?
Since the election last month, a few modest proposals have been floated to slow the growth in entitlement spending. None of these would fix the problem, but they would at least acknowledge that a problem exists. One by one, the ostensible advocates of balance have shot them down, portraying each in turn as a mortal threat to the poor or the aged.
Nudging the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67, which President Obama supported last year? Unconscionable. Changing the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated, which Mr. Obama also supported? Brutally unfair to veterans and seniors. Reform of Medicaid provider taxes, which liberal Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) only days ago described as a “charade” used by states to jack up funding from Washington? Unthinkable,the White House now says:In fact, with the Supreme Court having struck down a facet of Mr. Obama’s Affordable Care Actinvolving Medicaid, nothing in that program can be touched. And, while they’re at it, put Social Security off the table, too. We’re asked to accept the mythology that, though the pension and disability program is facing ever-widening shortfalls, it isn’t contributing to the overall deficit. …
There are better and worse ways to bend the entitlement curve. Raise the Medicare age, but shield the neediest seniors. If you think Republicans are proposing the wrong way to adjust the cost-of-living index, finance expert Robert C. Pozen has proposed a progressive alternative.
But there’s no way to fix America’s problem without doing something on entitlements. If the Democrats — and Mr. Obama, in particular — don’t get more seriously into that discussion, they have no standing to complain about the Republicans’ lack of balance. (Read More)
Not only does he refuse to cut spending, he wants to increase it significantly and use the proposed tax hikes to pay for the increased spending. So there would be no deficit reduction under his plan. His mouthpiece Jay Carney just the other day said that the GOP tying spending reductions to raising the debt ceiling is unconscionable. What’s unconscionable is the out of control spending and debt that they’re leaving for our children to pay off.
Oddly enough, there is one area of spending that Obama has decreased and that is spending on improving security at schools. It’s debatable whether or not that’s the federal government’s responsibility, but it’s certainly noteworthy considering how he wants to increase spending in so many other areas that have everything to do with making people more reliable on government for their subsistence and nothing to do with keeping people safe. He really needs to get his priorities straight.
Via Hot Air