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Who could have possibly seen this coming???????

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Seriously folks, for four years now President Obama has been begging the Republicans to give him a chance to demonstrate what a responsible and serious centrist he is by reaching a Grand Bargain that cuts social spending, especially Social Security and Medicare.

The Catfood Commission was a total failure, but that didn't deter the President one bit.  He continued to preemptively negotiate against himself every chance he got throughout his first term.  President Obama said as recently as the debates that his positions on Social Security and Medicare weren't much different from Mitt Romney's.

This was all fully disclosed, and Democrats made an informed decision to renominate and reelect President Obama.

Anyone who is surprised by the announcement today is simply delusional.  

By all means, take action against this.  Call your congressional representatives.  

Heck, your most effective action might be to call a Republican congressperson and pretend to be a tea party person who is opposed to any kind of bargain whatsoever.  When you get down to it, that's probably the only thing that's saved us from Social Security and Medicare cuts up to this point.  

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