- Social Security is not part of the deficit.
- Social Security is not going bankrupt.
- For years, President Obama has been telling us he wants to "reform" Social Security. As in cut it.
- In his nearly disastrous first debate with Mitt Romney, President Obama even admitted that his position on Social Security was somewhat similar to Romney's position on Social Security.
Congressional Democrats and Democratic candidates are supposed to run on the president's plan, in 2014? Congressional Democrats and Democratic candidates would be smart to run away from the president's plan in 2014.
Why does he do this? Paul Krugman:
Since the beginning, the Obama administration has seemed eager to gain the approval of the grownups — the sensible people who will reward efforts to be Serious, and eventually turn on those nasty, intransigent Republicans as long as Obama and co. don’t cater too much to the hippies. This is the latest, biggest version of that strategy. Unfortunately, it will almost surely fail. Why? Because there are no grownups — only people who try to sound like grownups, but are actually every bit as childish as anyone else.Just as much at fault as Republicans for the terrible politics. Wholly responsible for proposing bad policy.
After all, if whoever it is that Obama is trying to appeal to here — I guess it’s the Washington Post editorial page and various other self-proclaimed “centrist” pundits — were willing to admit the fundamental asymmetry in our political debate, willing to admit that if DC is broken, it’s because of GOP radicalism, they would have done it long ago. It’s not as if this reality was hard to see.
But the truth is that the “centrists” aren’t sincere. Calls for centrism and bipartisanship aren’t actual demands for specific policies — they’re an act, a posture these people take to make themselves seem noble and superior. And that posture requires blaming both parties equally, no matter what they do or propose. Obama’s budget will garner faint praise at best, quickly followed by denunciations of the president for not supplying the Leadership (TM) to make Republicans compromise — which means that he’s just as much at fault as they are, see?