Of course, no fiscal challenge is greater than the one we face with entitlements. As the President himself acknowledged three years ago, this is not a problem that we can kick down the road any further.Consider Romney's logic:
I’d be willing to consider the President’s plan, but he doesn’t have one. That’s right: In over three years, he has failed to enact or even propose a serious plan to solve our entitlement crisis.
Instead, he has taken a series of steps that end Medicare as we know it.
He is the only President to ever cut $500 billion from Medicare.
- Our biggest fiscal challenge is cutting entitlement spending
- Obama hasn't offered a plan to cut entitlement spending
- Instead, Obama has cut entitlement spending by $500 billion, ending Medicare as we know it
Even if you didn't already know Romney's claims about Medicare were dishonest, even if you didn't know that he was the candidate to have proposed ending Medicare (in his words, "fundamentally transform Medicare"), the self-contradictions here are simply amazing.
In the space of less than one hundred words, Mitt Romney says we need to cut entitlement spending, slams Obama for not cutting entitlement spending, and then slams Obama for cutting entitlement spending. You literally don't need to know anything about the issue in order to see that Romney is full of crap; the internal inconsistency of his logic alone is enough.
These are not the words of someone who is interested in doing the right thing or in being a good president. These are the words of someone whose one and only goal is advancing his own interests. He's not interested in making a coherent argument, he's merely interested in destroying his enemies to obtain power.
And one of the big questions in 2012 is whether or not he's going to get away with it.