You’re So Conservative, You’re…You’re…Liberal!

April 11th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

The President’s offer to cut spending on Medicare and Social Security is confusing some conservatives.  In the past, they’ve of course labeled such cuts a sign of Seriousness but his budget caught them off balance.  And yes, that’s very weird because he’s had the Medicare cuts in earlier budgets and the Social Security cut (chained CPI) in his fiscal cliff offer to Boehner.

Anyway, initial responses ranged from the incoherent—”I don’t see this as fundamental entitlement reform as much as clarifying a statistic which does happen to save money” (Paul Ryan)—to the opportunistic “Let’s set aside our differences and come together on things we can agree on” (Eric Cantor saying let’s do CPI but not the higher tax revenues in the budget)—to the faux-outraged House GOP campaign chair Greg Walden who labeled the President’s budget a “shocking attack on seniors.”

It’s that last part where things got weird today.  As the WaPo reports, Boehner and Cantor are distancing themselves from Walden, since they want these cuts.  And the very conservative Club for Growth…

…has added Walden to its list of the members it would like to recruit primary challengers to run against.

“We always knew Greg Walden had a liberal record, but he really cemented it with his public opposition to even modest entitlement reform,” Club president Chris Chocola said in a statement released shortly before Boehner’s news conference.

Oh, snap!  That’s gotta hurt.  Here Walden’s just engaging in standard guerilla tactics and he gets thrown under the bus for taking a position that is suspiciously close to Bernie Sanders.   It’s starting to look like Sneetches on the beaches around here, folks!

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8 comments in reply to "You’re So Conservative, You’re…You’re…Liberal!"

  1. foosion says:

    Is there any doubt that the Republicans will both pursue a policy of trying to cut Social Security and Medicare and run against Democrats claiming the Rs are the true defenders of SS and Medicare against the D onslaught?

    Interesting tidbit, Obama is proposing deeper cuts in SS and Medicare than Paul Ryan proposed (mainly because the Ryan budget didn’t touch SS). http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/04/reality-check-obama-cuts-social-security-and-medicare-by-much-more-than-the-gop/274919/


  2. SeattleAlex says:

    Loooove! I was so mad when I read about his statement, but man that is some sweet sweet karma.


  3. R. Nemo says:

    Social security is in fine condition. I say raise the cap on payroll tax and increase the benefits–they are too low as is. There is no need to get anywhere near any cuts as they (SS benefits) have nothing to do with deficits; not to mention that deficits are a red herring for punishing the people who don’t vote for the GOP. The real smart people know this. It is a fact. When will we grow up as citizens and vote for our own rights?

    Glad I’ll be dead soon–America is going to the dogs!


  4. JohnR says:

    You can learn a lot from the good Doctor. I, for instance, made sure not to name all my sons Dave.


  5. Red says:

    I think you’re burying the lead here. Count Chocula’s first name is Chris and he’s the president of the Club for Growth! I guess he’s grown tired of the breakfast cereal racket and has taken up a new gig.


  6. readerOfTeaLeaves says:

    Ahhhh, time for popcorn!


  7. JerseyShirls says:

    Love the Sneetches analogy, but this whole ping-ponging of views is one of the (many) reasons I am upset about the chained CPI in the President’s budget. While I admit the speed and outright blatantness of Walden’s response surprised me, the R’s were always going to try this. What is the D’s argument? That it was the R’s idea first? The D’s are just no good at these arguments and the Beltway press likes to highlight the R’s side in these scuffles.

    Doesn’t the fact that this has already started make it a good time for Obama to step away from this ridiculous offer? Considering that I don’t think Boehner is walking back from this at all, either. (I did not read WaPo, but have read /seen other reporting on this.) And as I already said, I believe this is the R’s master plan.


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