Don't Buy Talk of SocSecurity Cuts
July 8, 2011
RUSH: On the Democrat side, this from Bloomberg: "President Barack Obama and lawmakers are considering cutting Social Security and increasing revenue by changing the way the government measures inflation. Four senior congressional aides said lawmakers are discussing using an alternative yardstick to gauge inflation, known as the 'chained consumer price index,' to determine annual cost-of-living adjustments for millions of Americans."
They're already using a weird COLA adjustment to say there isn't any inflation. Social Security recipients aren't getting COLA adjustments now because according to the current new formulation, there isn't any inflation. Ha-ha, if you believe that. Here's Pelosi warning Obama yesterday afternoon.
PELOSI: However the President represents it, I want him to have the room to do that and offer full cooperation to do that. I also want to have full clarity about where House Democrats stand. We do not support cuts in benefits for Social Security and Medicare. Any discussion of Medicare or Social Security should be on its own table. I have said that before. Do you want to take a look at Social Security, then look at it on its own table, but do not consider Social Security a piggy bank for giving tax cuts to the wealthiest people in our country. We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America’s seniors, women and people with disabilities.
RUSH: Yeah, but Ms. Pelosi, what happens if these phantom cuts -- which is what they would be anyway, 'cause nobody's gonna cut Social Security -- what if these phantom reported cuts can be blamed on the Republicans, two years from the 2012 election? Would you support it then? That's what Obama's about. You think Obama's gonna drag her in and say, "Look, you don't get it, the Republicans are gonna get blamed for this. We've already got Ryan out there saying he wants to reform Medicare. Half the job's already done, you ditz." Think he'd talk to her that way? Any time I read stories of splits between Obama and the Democrats I say, "Wait just a second." I'm not buying that, either, my friends.
RUSH: Last night, CNN's In the Arena and the fill-in host, a guy named Tom Foreman, he spoke to Mr. Conventional Wisdom, David "Rodham" Gergen, about the federal debt negotiation deal, the talks. Foreman said, "When you got a big, titanic war like this, you want people to be agreeable, but you also want 'em to represent their interests because they're supposed to represent the interests of a lot of people in the country, right?"
GERGEN: Republicans are holding tight on this. They feel very strongly, no tax increases. And so what's happened is the president is conceding more and more spending cuts, and now he's starting to, you know, promise entitlement reform, Medicare and Social Security, you and I never thought we'd be talking about this now, and progressive Democrats are saying, "Wait a minute, that's the issue we're gonna run on. We're gonna run in 2012 to say, 'Protect Medicare.'" Nancy Pelosi said just the other day, "There are three big issues for us in 2012: Medicare, Medicare, Medicare."
RUSH: Yeah, it's the Democrats that have cut it. But anyway, David "Rodham" Gergen is a little upset here 'cause they've heard the White House might agree to cuts in Medicare and Social Security if Republicans will go along with revenue increases elsewhere. So Pelosi's worried about it; David "Rodham" Gergen is worried about it. Foreman then said, "Well, look Dingy Harry, too, Dingy Harry is getting on that bandwagon, said we got to protect this."
GERGEN: That compromises the Democrats. It takes them off the high road for 2012. And I think what we're seeing is the president's interests in 2012 are not the same thing as members of the House and Senate, especially progressive Democrats. The House and Senate people all want to run on let's protect Medicare, let's protect Social Security from these terrible Republicans. So you've got a growing split now between a lot of the progressives. Nancy Pelosi I think must be just furious about what she sees going on.
RUSH: I wonder. I don't know whether to believe, you got these guys talking about Democrats, whether they're actually furious as though they, too, are clueless about what Obama's doing. It's kinda hard to believe, but just notice in these sound bites, notice how automatic, "Oh, yeah, Republicans wanted to destroy Medicare and Social Security," that's a given, right? That's a given. The Democrats want to run on let's protect Medicare, let's protect Social Security, these terrible Republicans, oh, yeah, the Republicans, that's what they want to do. They want to kill the program. Right. Everybody just assumes this. See how easy it is? Oh, yeah, Republicans, sure, they want to end Medicare. They want to end Social Security. Sure. Absolutely. No question about it.
I don't know, folks. The guy that would throw his own grandmother under the bus might not stop or think twice about throwing Pelosi under a bus, twice. And he did. He threw his own grandmother under a bus. Ah, she's typical white woman, right? Didn't he say that? Typical white person, sees a black guy, "Oh, my God, I'm gonna die," runs for the bus stop cover.
RUSH: Now, I want to go back to David "Rodham" Gergen. Notice how natural it is, the Democrats want to run on Medicare, Medicare, Medicare. The Republicans, those rascally Republicans, they want to take it away from you. I listen to that, and I note how easy it is, "Oh, of course that's what Republicans do, they take Social Security away from old people, they take Medicare away from old people, oh, that's what they do, right, easy, everybody agrees with that." Is David Gergen on this planet? The so-called progressive Democrats who want to run on Medicare and Social Security led by Pelosi cut Medicare $500 billion in Obamacare.
Paul Ryan doesn't do anything to Medicare. His plan doesn't affect current recipients of Medicare at all. The Democrats, Obamacare cut $500 billion from it, folks. And by doing so, they're going to deny seasoned citizens their drugs and care. It's the death panels. The so-called progressive Democrats did that. It's the same as Obama wailing and moaning about the depreciation schedule for corporate jets when the Republicans didn't even vote for it. The Republicans didn't even propose it. It is indicative of the height of utter incompetence and irresponsibility on the part of the media. If there were such a thing, it would be journalistic malpractice the way this stuff gets reported because it's all untrue, everything they're saying about the Republicans.