Uh, no. Neither budget, thanks.
So if you are the party committees in charge of electing Democrats in 2014, and your base is up in arms over President Barack Obama's unforced error on his budget's Social Security cuts, what do you do?
If you're smart, like the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, you say nothing (at least so far). Why rub salt in the wounds of your strongest supporters? But if you're the guys at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, you ask them to cheer louder. In an email blast:
What does backfire look like?
Instead of compromising to get solutions on the budget, NRCC Chairman Greg Walden outrageously attacked parts of President Obama’s budget proposal that were included at the demand of Republicans."
Ah yes, DCCC, your supporters are outraged
that Republicans won't applaud the cutting of Social Security benefits—cuts, by the way, that weren't even included in Paul Ryan's draconian cut-everything-else budget. I'm sure that brought in the dough from outraged Democratic donors desperate for "compromise" with recalcitrant Republicans!
But the DCCC isn't the only one stepping off the cliff with the president. The Democratic Governor's Association decided to play lemming as well.
President Obama just released a budget for next year that will reduce the deficit while investing in the things we need to keep our economy competitive for the long-term – like pre-K for four-year olds.
On the other side, Paul Ryan and House Republicans have a budget that spends your hard-earned money on tax breaks for the wealthiest, ends Medicare and Social Security as we know them, and slashes other critical programs.
Stand with us in supporting President Obama’s budget and say no to Paul Ryan’s disaster of a plan.
There's no doubt that Ryan's budget is a piece of shit, but if you're going to be outraged at cuts in Ryan's budget (which again, doesn't include the president's chained CPI proposal), then why would you want to stand with Obama's budget?
You wouldn't. A Social Security cut is a Social Security cut, no matter who proposes it. Heck, it's worse when proposed by Democrats. Republicans are assholes. We expect them to slash the safety net. But Democrats? If we stand for anything at all, we stand for taking care of each other.
Sign this petition telling the DCCC and the DGA that that that's what we should be standing for. Not Obama's cut-Social Security budget.