After the meeting between President Obama and House Republicans this past Wednesday afternoon, Republicans said the president was serious about cutting programs like Social Security and Medicare in order to reduce the long-term deficit.
Among those Republicans who seemed pleased that the president has decided to go after "entitlements", those things that people have paid into their whole working lives and, so, have earned what they expect to get, were Representative Reid Ribble of Wisconsin who said,“It was a really great first step. He did express a willingness to give on entitlements”, and Rodney Dais of Illinois who echoed, “He focused a lot on entitlements”.
The two entitlement reforms the president mentioned were cutting future Social Security benefits and making higher earning Americans pay a higher share of their Medicare premiums. Which one do you think is more attractive to the GOP?
The sticking point, though was the president's insistence that these cuts to the safety nets be paired with new tax revenue.
It seems possible that the middle and poor classes will have to bear the brunt while the 1% and things like Big Oil and Wall Street will be left alone and allowed to live off their backs.
Speaker John Boehner and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan said they still oppose new revenues.
“We had a very frank and candid exchange of ideas, and frankly I think it was productive,” Boehner said. “I hope that these kinds of discussions can continue. Even though we have very real differences, our job is to find common ground to do the work the American people sent us here to do”.
Actually, I don't think the average American people sent them there to screw us.