Obama’s 2008 campaign promise: entitlement reform

Obama Calls Emergency Huddle With Democrats?

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…It’s possible Obama has realized his best political play is divergent from Congressional Democrats’ best play. The Congressional Democrats want no spending cuts, especially not on entitlements, because they’re in safe seats and all their base cares about is expanding the welfare state at any cost.

But that will lead to an imploding economy — not something the egotist Obama wants. Not because he cares about the American people, but no one gets reelected for presiding over a depression…

…And here’s Karl amplifying my point that it is not a “compromise” for Obama to accept entitlement reform. He ran on that issue, promising to do just that.

January, 2009: Just after he was inaugurated. Here he is recapitulating past promises.

President-elect Barack Obama pledged yesterday to shape a new Social Security and Medicare “bargain” with the American people, saying that the nation’s long-term economic recovery cannot be attained unless the government finally gets control over its most costly entitlement programs.That discussion will begin next month, Obama said, when he convenes a “fiscal responsibility summit” before delivering his first budget to Congress. He said his administration will begin confronting the issues of entitlement reform and long-term budget deficits soon after it jump-starts job growth and the stock market.

“What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further,” he said. “We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else’s.”

And he said he’d prefer to get moving on this within the first two years of his presidency, and definitely within his first term.



Read the complete article at Ace of Spades HQ.


Also, from Naked Emperor on YouTube, In 2004 Obama Advocated “Trading” Border Security for Amnesty

Update: This video, at Breitbart.tv, is from May 2010: Volcker Revelation: ‘Stiff’ New Tax Needed to Cover Obama Spending at 25% of GDP, “Spending is clearly now on a higher track.”

Update 2: An Intransigent President

…Obama considers it very heroic that he is even contemplating unspecified spending cuts and expects Republicans to make a similar “sacrifice” and swallow tax increases. This line of negotiation is a self-serving diversionary sham given that the crisis is due wholly to overspending. He is simply using a crisis that he compounded through trillions of dollars in heedless expenditures to push an ideological agenda extraneous to the issue under discussion.

An honest media would expose this gambit as raw exploitation of a self-generated crisis. But, instead, it treats his euphemistic calls for tax hikes — he wants any deal to include a “revenue component” — as the epitome of reasonableness, and has assisted him in turning the discussion into a referendum on Republican flexibility.

Obama is, in effect, asking overtaxed Americans for yet another bailout, a bailout that will allow him to resume the very deficit spending that catapulted the country into this crisis in the first place. Republicans have properly pointed out that tax increases will only make a bad economy worse. But the more fundamental argument against what Obama proposes is that it is unjust: Why should the American people have to pay more taxes for Washington’s habitual mistakes?…

Update 3: Trevor Loudon at New Zeal Blog, Ask the President: What Are You Going to do With $181 Billion Dollars if You’re Not Paying Bills? Cool little vid on Obama’s “debt ceiling” bluff.

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