Monday, January 24, 2011

Good News for Social Security

Apparently President Obama will not be endorsing the Deficit Commission's recommendations on Social Security in his State of the Union speech.

From the WaPo:

Over the weekend, the White House informed Democratic lawmakers and advocates for seniors that Obama will emphasize the need to reduce record deficits in the speech, but that he will not call for reducing spending on Social Security - the single largest federal program - as part of that effort.

Liberals, who have been alarmed by Obama's recent to shift to the center and his effort to court the nation's business community, applauded the decision, arguing that Social Security cuts are neither necessary to reduce current deficits nor a wise move politically. Polls show that large majorities of Americans in both parties - even in households that identify themselves as part of the tea party movement - oppose cuts to Social Security.

Good. Apparently all the effort put into calls, letters, emails, and petition signing was not in vain. At least for now.

cross-posted at MainSt/

1 comment:

DissedBelief said...

I can't recall where I read that the majority of SS recipients were Republican based. This makes no sense since they hate socialist programs, so its interesting they don't wish to opt out of it. This aside, AARP is a powerful lobbying group and does much to uphold Medicare and SS services.