Skip to comments.Axelrod: ‘Not the time’ to discuss Social Security reform (Wait for lame duck session?)
Posted on 09/24/2012 3:57:31 PM PDT by Libloather
Axelrod: Not the time to discuss Social Security reform
By Jonathan Easley - 09/24/12 09:20 AM ET
Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod in a Monday interview avoided laying out specifics on how the president would reform Social Security, arguing now is not the time to talk about the details of reform.
During a discussion about the entitlement program on MSNBCs Morning Joe, Axelrod said entitlements must be dealt with in a balanced way but that the president wasnt ready to have a discussion about specifics 43 days before the election between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.
Ill tell you what, when you get elected to the United States Senate and sit at that table, well have that discussion, Axelrod told Mark Halperin when the Game Change author pushed Axelrod to be more specific.
This is not the time. Were not going to have that discussion right now unless the Congress wants to sit at a table and say, 'Were ready to move on a balanced approach to this,' Axelrod said.
Republicans seized on the remarks, arguing on Twitter that Axelrod and the Obama campaigns refusal to discuss details showed it did not have a plan for entitlement reform.
The reality of Social Security is that this is a much less imminent problem than Medicare, Axelrod continued. Weve extended the life of Medicare by close to a decade through the changes that weve made and Gov. Romney wants to repeal. Social Security is a more distant problem, one that needs a solution, but it isnt as pressing as the Medicare issue.
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) spokesman Michael Steele followed up by asking Axelrod why the president didnt take the lead on the issue.
The president has led and he will lead, Axelrod said. The president, for example, took steps to make Medicare more secure, monies that were going to unwarranted subsidies for insurance companies and providers, plowed it back into healthcare, plowed it back into Medicare and Gov. Romney has attacked him for it, said he cut Medicare, which even the AARP rejects.
So theres an awful lot of demagoguery out there and in this environment its very difficult to have a discussion about the specifics of an issue like that but the president has laid out very clear principles, hes willing to move on these issues in a balanced way and hes kept everything on the table. Gov. Romneys the one who ruled out any new revenues remember, he wouldnt take one dollar of new revenue for $10 of cuts. As long as thats your attitude, youll never solve these problems.
Entitlement reform dominated the campaign after Romney named Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, but most of that discussion focused on Medicare.
Ryans budget plan includes a controversial proposal to revamp Medicare that would give future seniors the choice of opting out of the program in favor of private insurance. Democrats have seized on this point in particular, warning voters that it will end Medicare as you know it.
Time to kill Grandma is after the re-coronation? Must not happen America!
Broken Axlerod doesn't seem to understand; this IS Omugabe's lame duck term...
Too bad loser. Start looking for a real job.
To assume a re coronation for Obama after a reelection is to assume a status quo that might not exist.
Adding stealth Welfare Medicaid and calling it all "health care" doomed medicare to a certain accelerated and certain death.
Sure it ends medicare as we know it; $780,000,000,000 stolen from Medicare contributors WILL be missed!
Medicaid beneficiaries have never cintributed a cent. In fact, a significan't percentage aren't even legal residents or legal immigrants.
Don't count on the Feds keeping track of who's what. Hard to steal from the producers if good and useful statistics are kept.