I’m thinking that people are getting tired of my seemingly tinfoil-hatted posts on Obama’s war on Social Security, but here goes…
“We’ve got to educate the American people at the same time we educate the President of the United States. The Republicans, Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor DID NOT call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CALLED FOR THAT,” declared US Representative John Conyers in a press conference held by members of the House “Out of Poverty’ Caucus on 07/27/11.”
Conyers added “”My response to him (President Obama) is TO MASS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE TO PROTEST THIS.”
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This declaration is significant both politically and morally as Conyers is not only the second most senior representative in the House, but was also the first member of Congress to endorse candidate Obama. Conyers doesn’t merely draw a moral “line in the sand’ but he presents a candid picture of violent contrasts between himself and the first African-American president.
Days before his inauguration, Obama suddenly called for getting Social Security under control. He created the Catfood Commission that was clearly designed to recommend deep cuts in Social Security – and they did recommend a 22% in average benefits over time. He continues to use the tricky (and sometimes amusing) language that he’ll not “cut” Social Security for current recipients but not “slash” it for future recipients.
And now, what seems to be a unilateral call to cut Social Security.
Given that the odds are that Social Security is fully solvent for at least 75 years (tricky accounting aside), this seems to be a sick fetish for this president.