Obama’s entitlement plan was four years in the making

Salon Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 12:12 PM EDT By Eric Zuesse

President’s desire to cut Social Security was public before he even took office. Why did so many turn a blind eye?

While many Democrats are expressing shock and outrage that President Obama, a Democrat, would propose to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the truth is they shouldn’t be surprised. Obama’s desire to make these cuts dates back at least four years – since before his presidency, even — and has been largely in plain view. We just chose to willfully ignore it, and pretend it wasn’t true.

Obama didn’t talk about it when he first campaigned for the job — if he had, he surely wouldn’t have won the Democratic nomination, and may not even have beaten John McCain, since not even Republican presidential candidates publicly campaign to weaken what their party calls “entitlements.” Everyone sensibly had assumed that no Democrat would want to weaken or reduce the crowning achievements of Democratic Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, not to mention of the Democratic Party itself. But immediately after getting elected, Barack Obama admitted he wanted to do just that.

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