The Palace has just received a missive from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee purporting to be “URGENT”:
URGENT: The Washington Post reports that President Obama just offered Republicans an “across-the-board cut in Social Security benefits.”
How is this news? The president already offered Republicans Social Security cuts back in July. Of 2011.
I remain perplexed that liberals and progressives are perpetually surprised at the incontrovertible fact that the president wants to cut Social Security benefits (just as they seem strangely in denial of the fact that he sold out the public option in the ACA). As I have explained elsewhere, the best prospect for blocking the cuts these @$$holes want is the Teabaggers throwing one of their trademark hissy fits and refusing to get in line because Social Security isn’t being cut enough. But the PCCC missive breathlessly continues:
The president’s proposal would cut cost of living adjustments for seniors (and veterans and others). You may hear policy wonks refer to this as “chained CPI.”
The Washingon Post explains, “Adopting chained CPI would, in effect, cut Social Security benefits.” Nobel economist Paul Krugman writes in the New York Times that “there’s no good policy reason to be doing this” and calls it “cruel and stupid.”
That is correct: there is no good reason to be doing it. Also: it is cruel and stupid — the very hallmark of conservative policies. What it is not, however, is surprising, coming as it does from the conservative president in the White House. And the missive gets weirder:
President Obama and Democrats actively campaigned against these benefit cuts that would hurt seniors and families.
President Obama most assuredly did not actively campaign against such benefit cuts. Apparently no one at the PCCC can recall a presidential debate that happened all the way back in October:
MR. LEHRER: Mr. President, do you see a major difference between the two of you on Social Security?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, I suspect that on Social Security, we’ve got a somewhat similar position.
What a surprise. Even more surprising: now that we’re past the election, it has become urgent that we all do something about this perfidious betrayal, pronto.
The URGENT missive concludes:
Can you give Rep. Nadler a call today and ask him to publicly oppose the White House’s proposed benefit cuts?
Sure I could. I have Jerry’s office on speed dial. But if I actually want the Social Security cuts blocked, my time and efforts will be far more effective calling the Teabaggers, telling them to stand strong, and demanding that they do not compromise with those traitorous RINOs on anything.
THE PALACE TOTALLY HAS YOUR BACK, TEABAGGERS! DO THE RIGHT THING!!!11!!