The last thing we need is further acquiescence to the economic royalists. What we need is exactly the opposite: leadership to push back against the Republican Party's right-wing ideologues and the forces they represent.
"No more benefit cuts" is actually a middle-ground position, since benefits were already cut back in the last Social Security overhaul in 1983. Under normal circumstances, Democrats should be seeking to reverse the 1983 cuts, not add to them.
Only 6 percent of Americans think Congress should concentrate on reducing the deficit. 56 percent want it to focus on creating jobs. Guess which set of policies is the center of attention in Washington right now?
On Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles' to-do list was a cap of government spending at 21 percent of GDP. One can only assume 21 bears some religious significance for them because it makes no sense to have this rule on policy grounds.
So-called "deficit hawks" like Kent Conrad, Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson aren't just unserious. They're radicals. Their positions are an extreme departure from the philosophy of government that's guided American policy for a century.
The distance between Planet Washington and Planet Earth has never been greater. On Planet Washington, the Wall Street casino that got us into this mess is open for business while Main Street is shuttered.
At a time when most Americans are worried about their jobs and everyone has just taken a huge hit to their retirement savings, any politician who embraces the deficit commission's proposals is committing political suicide.
I'd like to pose this question to everyone who has proposed cutting Social Security benefits: Why are you against this simple, clean, and popular idea? It's a sincere question. I'd really like to know.
It's hard not to be impressed by the science-fiction weirdness of that "giant milk cow" image, which seems like a mashup of The Matrix and Babe. But the fact that he spews abuse is less of a problem than his lack of comprehension.
Daniel Webster, the former Florida State Senate Majority leader and a rising star within the GOP, seems to have gotten himself in hot water with some of the Tea Party movements biggest backers -- senior citizens.
Some deficit cutters will promise that lower-income people will not see benefit cuts. But any cuts will break the covenant under which workers have paid payroll taxes for a lifetime. And the question remains: Where will you cut?
Social Security is about to celebrate its 75th year, and still too many people don't know much about it. It has lasted through wars and recession, yet the reasons for its abiding strength are not universally understood.