"Number one, I guarantee you, flat guarantee you, there will be no changes in Social Security," Biden said, per a pool report. "I flat guarantee you." (our emphasis) -Yesterday:
"First Read," NBC News.
"The White House says the president’s plan would cut spending by $1.22 trillion over 10 years, compared with $1.2 trillion in cuts from the Republicans’ initial offer. Of that, $800 billion is cuts to programs, and $122 billion comes from adopting a new measure of inflation that slows the growth of government benefits, especially Social Security. The White House is also counting on $290 billion in savings from lower interest costs on a reduced national debt." (our emphasis) - the New York Times, 12/17/12.Negotiating with yourself again, eh, Mr. President? We thought you and the Democrats won in November on a platform to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Elections are supposed to have consequences, but not in a perverse way.