November 16, 2012
WE'RE ALL COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATIVES NOW:
Election Over, Liberals Call For Entitlement Cuts (Merrill Matthews, 11/15/12, Forbes)
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2012 5:12 AMTo address the "fiscal cliff," both the Washington Post and USA Today propose spending cuts on entitlement programs.The USA Today editorial headline screams "Cut entitlements to control debt." "Yes," it continues, "taxes need to go up, and not just for the wealthiest Americans. And yes, there's room for cuts in the Pentagon and other federal departments. But changes in these areas, as needed as they may be, would still be overwhelmed by the burst in spending on Social Security and Medicare as the Baby Boom generation retires and lifespans increase."The Washington Post, working off the same talking points, writes, "Any serious debt-reduction plan has to include revenue and defense cuts. But no serious one can exclude entitlements."So, um, if entitlement cuts are such an important part of addressing the fiscal cliff, then why didn't the media demand that Obama discuss entitlements in his campaign?Oh, I remember. They were part of the liberal effort to scare seniors into thinking that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan--who talked about Medicare and Medicaid reform--would be the ones cutting entitlements.