Many people realize that President Obama has had to cave in to Republicans on a few issues; for instance in order to get an emergency bill passed for unemployed workers or the 9/11 First Responders Health Care Bill.
However, this time if the POTUS does a quid pro quo with a promise to reform Social Security, the backlash will be loud and clear…
Concern is mounting among some Senate Democrats that President Barack Obama will make a deal with Senate Republicans during the lame-duck session that would result in changes to the benefit structure of Social Security.
One of the most progressive voices in the caucus, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), said he was heartened to hear Obama tell the AARP last week that he’d be open to raising the cap on income that’s taxed for purposes of paying into the Social Security trust fund. Sanders also applauded the president for taking off of the table any reform language that resulted in the “slashing” of benefits (several Social Security advocates, disagreeing with Sanders, said they were worried such language was counterproductive, as it opens the door for cuts that could be deemed minor).
But the Vermont Independent worried that all of this could be posturing for the lame-duck session immediately after the election, when lawmakers are expected to rush to find another “grand bargain” on tax and entitlement reform to stave off the so-called fiscal cliff.
“That’s exactly what’s going to happen,” Sanders said of Social Security being on the proverbial table, “Unless someone of us stops it — and a number of us are working very hard on this — that’s exactly what will happen. Everything being equal, unless we stop it, what will happen is there will be a quote-unquote grand bargain after the election in which the White House, some Democrats will sit down with Republicans, they will move to a chained CPI.”
- Dem Senators Sign Letter Opposing Social Security Cuts (crooksandliars.com)
- Chained CPI of fools: yes SS benefits cuts are still on the menu (digbysblog.blogspot.com)
- Axelrod ducks on Social Security (politico.com)
- Bernie Sanders Leads 29 Senators In Campaign To Protect Social Security (addictinginfo.org)
- Axelrod: “This is not the time” to have a plan to reform Social Security (hotair.com)