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Not The First Tim
s Put Party Before Country
Obama Has Shrunk From Reforming Entitlements Before
March 2011: Obama Avoided Social Security Reform Because His Political Team Said The DebateCould Be "Disastrous To His 2012 Reelection Hopes."
'Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, NationalEconomic Council Director Gene Sperling and Sperling's deputy, Jason Furman -- leading figures in thepresident's economic team -- are pressing Obama to cut Social Security benefits if necessary, say sourcesfamiliar with their positions. But Obama's political team, led by David Axelrod, David Plouffe and JimMessina, are urging the president to understand that backing benefit cuts could prove disastrous to his2012 reelection hopes, sources say."
(Alexander Bolton, "Social Secu rity Reform Splits White House Political, Economic Teams,"
President Obama’s FY2012 Budget “D
eclined To Propose Major Changes To Social
Security, Medicare Or Medicaid.”
“Even as the administration said it wants to reduce the deficit by
more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years, it declined to propose major changes to Social Security,Medicare o
r Medicaid, which combined account for more than 40 percent of federal spending.”
Jr., “In Third Year, Obama Proposes A More Modest Course,”
“Contrary To The Advice Of Obama's Fiscal Commission, His Budget Map Punts Entitlement Reform To Future Negotiations As Far As Two Years Out.”
(Gail Russell Chaddock, “Why The Budget Deficit Is So HardFor Congress To Shrink,”
OBAMA WILL DODGE THE TOUGH CHOICES AGAIN DESPITE HIS CLEARSTATEMENTS IN THE PAST ON THE NEED FOR REFORM
2009: Obama Said The Economic Recovery Was
“Impossible To Separate” From The Need To
Reform Social Security And Medicare.
“But he framed the economic recovery efforts more broadly,
saying it is impossible to separate the country's financial ills from the long-term need to rein in health-care costs, stabilize Social Security and prevent the Medicare program from bankrupting the government.
‘This, by the way, is where there are going to be very difficult choices and issues of sacrifice and
bility and duty,’ he said.”
(Michael D. Shear, “Obama Pledges Entitlement Reform,”