Huffington Post political reporter Ryan Grim went on MSNBC this afternoon to discuss the Obama administration's fiscal policy and deficit fears.
Grim appeared to discuss his latest piece, Mayberry Machiavellis: Obama Political Team Handcuffing Recovery, in which he reports on the group of advisers "counseling President Obama to ignore the advice of his economic team and press forward with deficit reduction ahead of job creation."
Cenk Uygur, guest hosting for Dylan Ratigan, asked Grim why he thought the Obama administration seemed to be adopting a more Republican stance toward the deficit. "It seems like the administration's political team has bought into the idea that deficit concerns are going to really damage Democrats in the midterm," Grim said. "That's the only explanation that I can come up with." He went on to point out that after analyzing the polling data, it's clear that the American public's deficit fears don't translate into a desire for massive cuts of programs like social security, but are merely a "proxy for general anxiety."