House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his aides have no problem saying up is down, day is night, Malbec is Merlot. Still, “say what now?!” crossed my mind when I read his spokesman’s reaction to President Obama’s decision to drop from his forthcoming budget a cost-saving Social Security proposal.
Obama’s plan was to slow the growth of Social Security payments to retirees by chaining it to the rate of inflation: the heralded and hated “chained CPI.” In exchange, the president wanted to raise revenue by closing corporate loopholes and raising taxes on the wealthy. Because it cuts benefits, Democrats absolutely hated it. But Republicans? Oh, they ought to love it for two reasons. First, it reduces spending. Second, it was their leaders’ idea.
Instead, Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said, “This reaffirms what has become all too apparent: The president has no interest in doing anything, even modest, to address our looming debt crisis.” #FacePalm
Like I said, we shouldn’t be surprised. After all, Buck works for the man who said with a straight face earlier this month that comprehensive immigration reform would go nowhere until Obama rebuilds “trust” with Congress. You read that right, up is down.
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