Has the president ever publicly proposed a single significant structural change in any entitlement?
After Simpson-Bowles reported?
In his February budget? No.
In his April 13 budget "framework"? No.
During the debt-ceiling crisis? No.
During or after the supercommittee deliberations? No.
As regarding the supercommittee, Obama was AWOL — then immediately pounced on its failure by going on TV to repeat his incessantly repeated campaign theme of the do-nothing (Republican) Congress.
A swell slogan that fits nicely with the Norquist myth. Except for another inconvenient fact:
It is the Republicans who passed — through the House, the only branch of government they control — a real budget that cut $5.8 trillion of spending over the next 10 years.
Obama's February budget, which would have increased spending, was laughed out of the Senate, voted down 97-0.
As for the Democratic Senate, it has submitted no budget at all for two and a half years.
Who, then, is do-nothing?
Republicans should happily take on this absurd, and central, Democratic campaign plank.
Bring Simpson-Bowles to the House floor and pass the most radical of its three deficit-reduction alternatives.
Dare the Senate Democrats to vote down the grandest of all bargains. Dare Obama to veto his own debt commission.
Dare the Democrats to actually do something about debt.
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