Meanwhile, the right is all over the place pointing to this perceived flaw or that one.
So the left, by their silence, are yet again waiving through this awful budget and making it appear that you have to be a Republican to object to it.
That is the impression being made. On Morning Edition today, Jack Lew (Budget Director) was interviewed. I don't trust him, to be clear. I found this section of the interview interesting:
Social Security is something that we need to deal with, because people who are working today, who will retire in the future, people who are retired today, they have a right - and it's part of the compact that they can depend on their benefits. We should fix the long-term funding problem of Social Security because that's the right thing to do.
It doesn't contribute to the deficit this year, or next year, or in this 10-year window, or even for a long time beyond that. The only time in recent history we've dealt with it effectively on a bipartisan basis, it's because the groundwork was laid for the kind of conversation that culminated in l983 with the bipartisan Social Security agreement.So it's fixable and it's not an 'immediate crisis.' That is better than much of the alarmist talk. However, anyone who cites 1983 is either a liar or an idiot. That Reagan era 'patch' was not needed.
So is he dumb or a liar?
I would guess he didn't get into the White House staff by caring about poor people.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday: