Tuesday, April 9, 2013

This Is What Happens When People Don't Pay Attention

Trey Smith

President Obama’s reported decision to call for cuts in Social Security is a huge betrayal.

When he was running for the Presidency in 2008 and for reelection in 2012, he vowed to protect Social Security.

Now he’s reneging on that vow.

It’s a betrayal to elderly people on Social Security.

It’s a betrayal to people with disabilities, who also will see their benefits shrink.

It’s a betrayal to veterans. It “would result in significantly lower annual cost-of-living adjustments for more than 3.2 million disabled veterans,” Senator Bernie Sanders has noted.
~ from Obama's Huge Betrayal by Matthew Rothschild ~
I often find myself in agreement with the editor of The Progressive magazine -- but not this time. Obama hasn't betrayed anyone who has been half paying attention and Rothschild must know this.

Sure, there is no question that candidate Barack Obama said he would protect Social Security, but candidates say lots of things they don't plan to follow through on. Just look at Obama's record. There are scores of things he pledged to do or not to do and yet he has reneged on most of them.

The important thing here is not to put too much stock in what candidates say, but what they actually do in office, once elected. Using that standard as a yardstick, Obama is being consistent. From almost the start, he has shown his willingness -- some might even call it glee -- to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. Consequently, it's not that Obama has betrayed anyone, it is more that liberal projections people put on him are now doubling back to betray them.

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