View Full Version : Obama Cutting Soc Sec. By Helen Thomas.

06-09-2010, 06:59 AM
So hows that hope and change feeling??
I'm just getting giddy about everything.


Don't even think about cutting Social Security

First published in print: Monday, June 7, 2010

Say it isn't so, Mr. President. You surely are not going to make a deal with Republicans to cut Social Security benefits, are you?

Mobile Alerts
Get school closing alerts on your mobile device.

Here's word from The Nation magazine: "The President intends to offer Social Security as a sacrificial lamb to entice conservative deficit hawks into a grand bipartisan compromise in which Democrats agree to cut Social Security benefits while Republicans accede to significant tax increases to reduce government red ink."

The grand compromise would form the crux of the recommendations by the new 18-member National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility that was set up to find ways to reduce the federal budget deficit.

Commission co-chairmen are former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., and Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff in the Clinton White House.

<span style='font-size: 14pt'><span style="color: #FF0000">The panel's recommendations are scheduled to be announced in December, safely after the November elections.</span></span> A recommendation requires a minimum of 14 votes among the commissioners.

If Obama agrees to ask Congress to cut Social Security benefits, it would amount to a sellout by a president of the same Democratic Party that embraced Franklin D. Roosevelt, the father of Social Security, in 1935.

Social Security is not a charity. It is a trust fund created by contributions paid by workers and their employers, designed to assure a future livelihood, first for the elderly, then orphans, then the disabled. It's a retirement savings plan.

If Obama is worried about the federal budget deficit, he shouldn't turn to Social Security. The solution to the deficit is staring him right in the face: Obama should cut our human and money losses by getting out of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Of course, we do have plans to leave Iraq this summer -- if leaving 50,000 occupation troops there is really leaving. This was the war of choice that former President George W. Bush got us into, based on wrong information. Our continuing occupation of Iraq merely compounds our mistake of invading.

Somehow I doubt that the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission will have the courage to tell the President about a very cool way to cut federal spending: Get American troops out of wars where we have no business.

Millions of Americans cannot live without their Social Security stipends. So don't tamper with those monthly checks.

Social Security is so deeply rooted in our society that Americans protested loudly when Bush came up with a half-baked plan to privatize Social Security. Fortunately, voters saw to it that his Wall Street boondoggle went nowhere.

Helen Thomas' e-mail address is hthomas@hearstdc.com.

Farewell Helen.
It was a good run while it lasted.

Thanks for the final shot at Obama and Bush.

06-09-2010, 05:49 PM
I read that article and was deeply disturbed also.

I'm upset with Obama if it's true and this sentence really killed me:

'Say it isn't so, Mr. President. You surely are not going to make a deal with Republicans to cut Social Security benefits, are you?"

The Tea Partiers better get their head out of their asses
and protest more than Democrats.

06-09-2010, 07:19 PM
They dont need to.
If Obama cuts Soc Sec it will not matter what the republicans do.

He will be remembered for the cut. No one else. It is his pen that signs the bill.

Just like everybody likes to scream Bush's fault. So will they scream Obama's fault.
Congress will not matter to the general public.