Sperling: Obama Wanted Sequester to Force Democrats to Accept Entitlement Cuts

By: Thursday February 28, 2013 8:41 am

The way Obama has handled basically every manufactured crisis from the debt ceiling, to the Bush tax cuts expiration, to the sequester has been about trying to force both Democrats and Republicans to embrace his version of a “grand bargain.” While it is clear this has been the driving force behind Obama’s decisions, if you [...]

Gene Sperling: Medicaid Is Safe, Medicare Is Not

By: Friday February 1, 2013 9:31 am

The one upside to the Supreme Court making the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act optional is that it has stopped the Obama administration from trying to cut it. Senior economic adviser Gene Sperling confirmed that the administration sees taking Medicaid completely of the table as necessary to make Obamacare function; but since President [...]

The GOP Has a “Fiscal Cliff” Math Problem

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 6:20 am

Until the Republicans figure out a way to make the math work their offer cannot be considered a serous plan, because it is not even a “plan.” A plan requires specific ideas that at least stand a chance of achieving the stated goal.

Obama Administration Wants World to Know They Suck at Negotiating

By: Friday March 4, 2011 10:11 am

It’s time for someone in the White House to hire a teacher to give everyone in the administration a lesson in remedial negotiation 101 . The actual budget issues aside, this statement from a press briefing with Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling is some of the most pathetic public negotiating I’ve seen. [...]

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 [...]