So far it’s just a leak at Politico.
The President will eat a live kitten at his next press conference, such was one credible response, but even the most incredulous or amused Obama supporters must acknowledge the leak occurred, Kuttner didn’t write that cutting social security piece out of thin air.
Leaks are extremely useful in a variety of ways: they coddle and ensnare the reporter to a clubby insider status, they manipulate various political actors, they offer reaction gauges to proposed ideas, and steer the political conversation of the Village (DC) in a desired direction. Given this, just why would the Obama Administration leak that cutting Social Security story to Politico?
Forced to guess, gauging reaction and steering Village conversation would be my answer. But in a war, right after tax cuts and a shock doctrine event potential so handy, would Democratic President Obama really go through on the leak, really do the unthinkable by proposing Social Security cuts?
We’ll all just have to wait for the State of the Union like the leak says, won’t we? No, we don’t know at all, but after the amazing and incredible evolution of making sure bankers got jobs but no one else anything could truly happen. The watch is set, the red flag is up, the abyss of shock doctrine may soon be upon us.
Honestly, I have no doubts that Barack is going to propose cuts to Social Security. The only thing I'm wondering is how the people will respond? Will we be outraged or will it just be a small handful?
I have no idea. But I am sure that the White House will be measuring the push back to determine whether they need to recalibrate their message or alter their plans.
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