The gloves came off at President Obama’s Monday morning news conference – not just in his statement that failing to raise the debt ceiling puts Social Security checks at veterans’ benefits at risk, but also in his suggestion that “what’s motivating and propelling at this point some of the House Republicans is more than simply deficit reduction.”
“They have a particular vision about what government should and should not do, so they are suspicious about government’s commitments, for example, to make sure that seniors have decent health care as they get older,” Obama said. “They have suspicions about Social Security. They have suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat or whether we should be spending money on medical research.”
That view of the role of government, Obama added, “was rejected by the American people when it was debated during the presidential campaign.”
It’s a statement that’s likely to spark some debate among House Republicans when the chamber returns to Washington later Monday – and at the House GOP retreat later this week.