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Entitlement Cuts

Obama's Top Economic Adviser Tells Democrats They'll Have To Swallow Entitlement Cuts

Bloomberg Businessweek | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics

This morning, Gene Sperling, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, appeared before a Democratic business group for what was bille...

The Road From Here: What About Medicare and Social Security?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In twelve weeks or so our new system of government-by-crisis will resume its regularly scheduled programming: more threats, more confrontations, and even more extreme rhetoric. There are only a few ways this could play out.

Sam Stein

Obama, House Dems At A Loss Over How To Move Agenda | Sam Stein | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over a two-and-a-half hour dinner at the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Washington Wednesday night, President Barack Obama and nine House D...

How Democrats Will Destroy Progressive Government

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Our whole national argument about taxes -- we pay too much! They pay too little! -- is misplaced. At best, it's a proxy for the real argument we should be having. To use Holmes's terms, we argue endlessly about the price when we should be debating the civilization.

Jason Linkins

WaPo Editors Super Excited About Cuts To Elderly Benefits, Giving GOP Political Cover | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

If President Barack Obama's budget offer is primarily an attempt to win over members of the Centrist Hack Pundit Community, and perhaps get them to tr...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama Calms House Democratic Concerns Over Entitlement Reform | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama assured House Democrats Thursday he won't slash Social Security and Medicare, moments after he reaffirmed his com...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senate Progressives Warn Obama Against Giving Away The Store | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama took a break during his offensive to charm Republican lawmakers open to a budget deal on Tuesday to assure his fe...

Republican Reveals Party Secretly Wants To Duck Entitlement Reform

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican member of Congress said this week the party wants to avoid reforming so-called entitlement programs, even though GOP leader...

Blaming the Tea Party-Controlled GOP for Sequestration Isn't Partisan, It's Factual

Mitchell Bard | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Republicans in Congress are willing to take the pocketbooks of the American people hostage, all to try and ransom spending and entitlement cuts that would, in the opinion of many economists, cause further economic damage to all but the wealthiest Americans.

Sabrina Siddiqui

As Sequester Looms, Progressive Coalition Warns Democrats Against Entitlement Cuts | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress continues to debate a possible replacement to the $1.2 trillion in sequestration-related cuts set to kick in on March 1, a c...

Preston Maddock

Fix The Debt Protest Draws Activists, Inflatable Pig | Preston Maddock | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 union members and progressive activists marched to a Capitol Hill hotel Wednesday to protest a meeting of corporate chiefs...

The GOP Crackup: How Obama Is Unraveling Reagan Republicanism

Robert Reich | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Soon after President Obama's second inaugural address, John Boehner said the White House would try "to annihilate the Republican Party" and "shove us into the dustbin of history." Actually, the GOP is doing a pretty good job annihilating itself.

Obama's Bad Deal and Worse Negotiating

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

By easily compromising on his central campaign promise that he claimed was a line in the sand, Obama signaled to Republicans that there's nothing he won't compromise on.

GOP Congressman Considers Legal Action Against Protester

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young (R-Fla.) is considering legal action against a protester who confronted him on Monday night, Saint PetersBlog reports. Creat...


Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

I have been somewhat taken aback by the sudden burst of news reports and commentary in the news media about increasing revenue to reduce the deficit, with very little discussion about commensurate cuts in entitlement programs.

Peter G. Peterson's Money Goes to Convincing You to Take a Social Security Hit

Jeff Palmer | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Jeff Palmer

You may or may not have heard of Peter G. Peterson, but he has been trying very hard lately to make you believe your Social Security is in jeopardy.

Liberal Group Blasts Hoyer Stance

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

Liberal grassroots group CREDO Action slammed House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Thursday for his calls to limit spending on Medicare, Medicai...

To Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid & Social Security, Call Them "The Middle Class Safety Net," Not "Entitlements"

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Calling Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid the "Middle Class Safety Net" makes it much easier to defend them politically. It's easy for politicians to call for "Entitlement reform" or "Entitlement cuts". It's not so easy to call for shredding the Middle Class Safety Net.

Mandy Jenkins

Tell Us About Fundraising Calls From Obama, Democrats | Mandy Jenkins | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – As President Barack Obama campaigns for re-election, he has to sell a controversial deal he endorsed to end the impasse over the debt c...

Elise Foley

GOP Senator: Preliminary Agreements Reached In Debt Talks | Elise Foley | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who represents the Senate GOP in White House debt talks, said on Tuesday that a bipartisan group of lawmakers...

Elise Foley

Newt Gingrich: Ryan Medicare Plan Is 'Too Big A Jump' | Elise Foley | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich distanced himself on Sunday from a House GOP plan to make cuts to Medicare, calling it ...

Elise Foley

Boehner To Obama: Let's Make A Deal On Debt Limit | Elise Foley | Posted 07.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One day before the federal government is scheduled to reach its debt limit, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he is ready to make...

Elise Foley

Paul Ryan: Government Shutdown 'Sounds Worse Than It Probably Is' | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A government shutdown is still possible when the current three-week federal funding bill runs out, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wi...