Words from a distraught left-winger on Obama’s apparent willingness to make large cuts in Medicare and Social Security:
The truly historic importance of what is happen right now can’t be repeated enough. It is a Democratic President who is the driving force now behind cutting Medicare and Social Security. It is a Democratic President who feels that deficit reduction during a recession and keeping tax rates near historic laws are both much more important policy goals than protecting Social Security and Medicare Benefits.
Some may disagree, but I think this is correct. Blogger Jon Walker probably doesn’t agree with this idea, but it has become increasingly clear to many people on the center and to a few on the left that the old programs aren’t sustainable and that it’s better to make cuts gradually and predictably rather than to cut savagely and suddenly when catastrophe strikes.Obama has always struck me as a technocratic liberal who dabbled in Alinsky rather than as a hard core leftie who cleaned up his act to get elected. His true center of gravity is in Kennedy/Johnson administration, not SDS: Bundy and McNamara had more in common with this president than do Jeremiah Wright or the Weather Underground.Like the socialist left, the technocratic high priests believe in government control and a redistributive state, but the vision is less “workers of the world unite” than it is “professors of the world design”. To ‘rationalize’ federal programs by cutting benefits is a choice technocrats can easily make; it is what socialists resist.