Obama Packs Debt Commission With Social Security Privatization & Benefit Cut Supporters

By: Monday May 10, 2010 8:39 am

President Obama has packed the Debt Commission (also known as the cat food commission) with members who have an overwhelming history of support for both benefit cuts and privatization of Social Security. The “National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform” is operating in secret over the objections of both parties. John Boehner and John Conyers [...]

Budget Hawk John Spratt and the “Grand Bargain” on Social Security

By: Monday May 3, 2010 4:09 pm

John Spratt, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, was recently appointed by President Obama to the Debt Commission. I’ve been going through documents looking at his history regarding Social Security reform, and his involvement in “secret meetings” in 1997 authorized by Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles.  Bowles was at the time negotiating a deal [...]

Durbin Says “Bleeding Heart Liberals” Should Be Open to Medicare and Social Security Cuts

By: Thursday April 29, 2010 12:04 pm

Well this is encouraging. Dick Durbin is one of the “liberals” on the President’s Debt Commission, which is currently studying cuts to Social Security and Medicare as a way to reduce the deficit. And he certainly has mastered the fine art of messaging to the Democratic base: [Durbin] admonished “bleeding heart liberals” to be open [...]