"The worst thing Washington can do for our economy is raise taxes on the people we need to start hiring again," Republican House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in a USA Today opinion piece.
The lawmakers noted that a newly created US Congress "super committee" faced a late-November deadline for recommending $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts over ten years and urged cuts to government-backed health and retirement programs.
The committee "will be in a position to make tough choices to rein in the mandatory and entitlement spending that is driving our long-term debt," said Boehner and Cantor.
"We believe this work can be done without imposing job-crushing tax increases. We should be able to move forward on the areas in which we agree on the former, without tying them to areas of disagreement -- such as the latter," they said.
In other words, they are back spouting the same crap as they were during the debt ceiling deal: cut SS and Medicare or else. They aren't trying to hide it. They aren't being sneaky about it. They are straight up saying that Republicans intend to balance the budget with zero tax increases and 100% social program cuts.
The question is what do Democrats do about it? Because the longer Cantor and Boehner are able to get away with the ridiculous falsehood of saying "The only way to create jobs is to destroy SS and Medicare" then the more Cokie's Law comes into play and the conversation then moves to "Well all the serious people in Washington agree that we have to dismantle it because we can't afford it anymore."
Dems need to come out swinging on this.