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  •  Well, he did appoint Erskine Bowles & Alan Simpson (6+ / 0-)

    to co-chair his debt commission, which Obama created. Voluntarily.

    Not a good sign.

    •  when that failed he appointed a Super Cat Food (9+ / 0-)

      Commission and there was a group before CFC.1, so Obama has taken three shots at 'reforming entitlements'.

      I don't know why is that a surprise, Obama talked about it before he was even sworn in...

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/....
      Obama Pledges Reform of Social Security, Medicare Programs

      By Michael D. Shear
        Washington Post Staff Writer
        Friday, January 16, 2009
      President-elect Barack Obama pledged yesterday to shape a new Social Security and Medicare "bargain" with the American people, saying that the nation's long-term economic recovery cannot be attained unless the government finally gets control over its most costly entitlement programs.

      That discussion will begin next month, Obama said, when he convenes a "fiscal responsibility summit" before delivering his first budget to Congress. He said his administration will begin confronting the issues of entitlement reform and long-term budget deficits soon after it jump-starts job growth and the stock market.

       "What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further," he said. "We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else's."
      But he framed the economic recovery efforts more broadly, saying it is impossible to separate the country's financial ills from the long-term need to rein in health-care costs, stabilize Social Security and prevent the Medicare program from bankrupting the government.

       "This, by the way, is where there are going to be very difficult choices and issues of sacrifice and responsibility and duty," he said. "You have to have a president who is willing to spend some political capital on this. And I intend to spend some.

      (emphasis mine)

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:53:39 PM PST

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      •  If Only Everytime Obama Had Said .... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... health care costs, Medicare, Social Security or entitlements, he had, instead, said "income inequality"!  Imagine if instead of what he said above, he had said:

        President-elect Barack Obama pledged yesterday to shape a new Income Equality "bargain" with the American people, saying that the nation's long-term economic recovery cannot be attained unless the government finally gets control over income inequality.

        That discussion will begin next month, Obama said, when he convenes a "Income Equality Summit" before delivering his first budget to Congress. He said his administration will begin confronting the issues of income inequality and worker wage stagnation soon after it jump-starts job growth and the stock market.

         "What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further," he said. "We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else's."
        But he framed the economic recovery efforts more broadly, saying it is impossible to separate the country's financial ills from the long-term need to rein in income inequality from bankrupting the government.

         "This, by the way, is where there are going to be very difficult choices and issues of sacrifice and responsibility and duty," he said. "You have to have a president who is willing to spend some political capital on this. And I intend to spend some.

        A guy can dream!

        Poor man wants to be rich. Rich man wants to king. And the king ain't satisifed until he rules everything. B.Springsteen

        by howd on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:53:45 PM PST

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