Progressive activists say they’re reasonably confident that the president won’t compromise on ending the upper-income tax cuts. It’s the entitlements that worry them. They want him to stick more closely to the deficit-reduction plan he released in September 2011 that didn’t go as aggressively after savings from beneficiaries.
But Obama signaled last week that he could revive the offer he made to Boehner, which was a mix of new revenues, reduced federal spending and entitlement benefit cuts such as raising the Medicare eligibility age and lowering the cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients.
“It will probably be messy. It won’t be pleasant,” Obama told The Des Moines Register editorial board. “But I am absolutely confident that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain that essentially I’ve been offering to the Republicans for a very long time, which is $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in [taxes], and work to reduce the costs of our health care programs.”
Administration officials say the range of options that Obama has considered in the past are well known, so it shouldn’t be a surprise if they are resurrected.
But progressive leaders don’t want Obama to go back there. Privately, they use words like “debacle” and “betrayal” to describe the backlash that would ensue. They are far more measured in their public statements ahead of the election.
And people wonder why Democrats lost the House 2 years ago. The people who thought Obama was a debacle and a betrayal stayed home in 2010 and got us this awesome House with Speaker John Boehner we have now, not to mention put GOP governors and legislatures in place in state after state just in time for redistricting, making it even more impossible to dislodge the little carbuncle this year.
All this article show me is the fact that nobody on our side of the field learned a damn thing from liberals not voting in 2010...the real debacle and betrayal.
We're setting it up for 2014. There's a goal worth striving for. Maybe we can give the Republicans another 60 seats and control of the Senate then. That will surely help with more progressive legislation, right?