Probably not, but one can hope. To use a phrase. The good news is that a federal judge–a Republican appointee no less–overturned the Obama Administration’s craven and cowardly stance on Plan B, allowing emergency contraception to be sold over the counter. The bad news is that yesterday Obama formally proposed future cuts in Social Security (that’s what the whole chained CPI kerfuffle is all about). Yves Smith notes (boldface mine):
As we’ve warned for some time, Obama is eager to put a notch on his belt by being the President that rolled back the New Deal programs that helped create broad-based middle-class prosperity and dignity. He’s cast himself as an adult inflicting discipline on profligate Americans….
Keep in mind what is happening here. We are not in the realm of Obama kayfabe, where he pretends that those big bad Republicans forced him to do what he wanted to do all along. This is Obama’s budget offer, not the result of pretend hard fought battles over positions that are at most 10 degrees apart….
We now have the absurd spectacle of Paul Ryan’s budget being to the left of Obama’s on the issue of Social Security and Medicare. If the Republicans have an iota of sense, they’ll take full advantage of the weapon Obama has handed them. Every poll ever done over the last 50 years shows substantial majorities favoring continuing and increasing Social Security and Medicare provisions, and either increasing taxes or cutting other spending to do so.
As I noted in 2007, Obama has always wanted to cut Social Security because he a Rockefeller Republican, not a Democrat. If he were actually concerned with long-term deficit problems or ‘sustainability’ (although worrying about both of those things is fucking moronic, but that’s a separate topic), there is a plan, Plan C, aka The Plan That Shall Not Be Named, that reduces deficits while preserving Social Security, Medicare, and domestic spending. It’s widely supported by majorities of Democrats and independents, and even a plurality of Republicans.
Yet our broken political system will not even discuss this proposal, never mind enact it.
I have no idea to get a response: personally, I attend town hall meetings when I can, write letters (real ones, not click petitions), and call my representatives. Yet nothing happens. I’m pretty damn certain I’m not the only one.
This type of situation never ends well.