Social Security reform splits White House political, economic teams

Social Security reform is splitting President Obama’s economic and political advisers. Obama is being pulled in opposite directions by those whose priorities are fiscal and those whose No. 1 concern is electoral. Full Story »

Posted by Jon Mitchell - via The Hill, Memeorandum

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Jack Dinkmeyer
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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Mar. 15, 2011

A fairly comprehensive two-page article which unfortunately drones on for six pages. (Bring cookies and milk to sustain sustenance.) While the author covers both sides of the issue, it’s more than what I ever, ever want to know. Implicit within the article is the sixty-four dollar question: will those who screw around with Social Security and Medicare in 2011 be around in 2013?

The thing bothering me is why has our government–progressives and right wingers alike–ended up handing us only two viable options: saddle the middle class with cuts in entitlements; or cut budgets by firing the middle class? Both an anathema in precarious economic times like these. Everyone blithely ignores the abyss of Depression–upon which we still teeter–in a position which won’t take a Hell of a lot to tip us over. What happened to getting the sacred cows to pony up their fair share? The Too Rich? Corporations which pay less taxes than middle classers? The trillion-dollar military boondoggle? Or mercifully ending two gilt-edged wars we’ve managed to bobble into two gilt-edged losers? A shellacking my ass. It’s more like past time to take all politicians to the woodshed.

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