Friday, July 8, 2011

From The "That's Rich" Department...

Unsurprisingly, some liberal U.S. Senators are refusing to go along with any kind of cuts to Social Security and are angered that President Obama is entertaining this idea in the ongoing discussions regarding the budget and the debt ceiling.  Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in particular was vocal about this...
Sanders quoted Obama as saying during the 2008 campaign that he would not change the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security.

“You have a gentleman who ran for president who made a promise to the American people, and it is important he keep it,” Sanders said.
He made a lot of promises, but hasn't kept those either - especially things like closing Guantanamo Bay's detention facility, withdrawing from wars, and keeping unemployment below eight percent.  Why should this be any different, Senator Sanders?  Why are you singling out this particular promise?
The senators were joined on a press call by a coalition of liberal groups that said Obama would be punished at the polls if he touches the third rail of Social Security.

Sarah Lane of MoveOn.org warned that 76 percent of her members have said they would be less likely to donate to or volunteer for Obama if he cuts Social Security.
I have said a few times that if serious liberals are upset over the job that President Obama has done, then they need to run a primary challenger. However, I also know that I have a better chance of becoming a billionaire than that happening; the latter quote from the MoveOn lady is potentially a real threat though, especially since the one thing that can seriously damage Obama's re-election chances (aside from the economy) is people simply staying home on election day.

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