It’s simple and obvious. The Democrats are the ones playing games with the budget.
MSNBCs Lawrence O’Donnell explains the strategy on ‘Morning Joe’. From a liberal point of view attacking the Ryan budget isn’t demagoguery, it’s a gift falling in Democrat laps to win Obama a second term. That’s what is more important to the Democrats who evidently share O’Donnell’s opinion there’s plenty of time to fix the budget in 2014.
The president will not be able to say anything positive about Ryan’s proposal, not a thing. It’s much too radical from a Democratic perspective for them to say anything positive about it. It will be the new target.
Asked if the President will come forward with his own ideas about fixing the budget, O’Donnell replies…
No. you don’t run for president saying this is how i will achieve Social Security solvency. That’s second term activity. You have plenty of time to get to this in the second term.
O’Donnell concedes Social Security and Medicare require fixing but what’s the hurry.
The question whether you do it right now or 2014 is not a terribly significant question. These are gigantic long term programs. You are trying to figure out how to fund Social Security for 75 years, you don’t have to do it today.
Of course Obamacare was so urgent it had to be forced through in the President’s first year using bribery, coercion and ignoring the opinions of the American people.
Fellow ‘Morning Joe’ panelist Ken Auletta and host Joe Scarborough were stunned by O’Donnell’s frankness. We shouldn’t be.
It is the Democrats who are not serious about solving the debt crisis, at least not by reducing spending. O’Donnell no doubt spoke for every liberal when he said he would actually like to see more spending as well as higher taxes.
The Democrats will be on the attack and expect the GOP to be on the defensive. That’s has been the political status quo. If we can’t make a case for fiscal responsibilty now, we are doomed.