Another secret deal from Obama: Gutting Social Security and Medicare with no Congressional hearings after the mid-terms
Hope for lasting liberal change was washed away on Tuesday—not just with the loss of the Democrats' super-majority in the Senate, but with a closed-door deal that would lead to cuts in bedrock liberal programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. While Massachusetts voters were casting their ballots to install Republican Scott Brown in Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, President Obama was hammering out an agreement with Democratic leaders to support a commission on the deficit with the power to propose reductions to entitlement programs. This proposal represents a capitulation to conservatives in both parties, and leaves liberals surrendering not only on health care, but on the core achievements of the New Deal and the Great Society.
the proposed arrangement shortcuts—indeed appears to bypass—this procedure. The appointed commission is to make a recommendation on the budget after the November midterm elections. That recommendation will then go straight to the floor of both houses for an up or down binding vote. There are no congressional hearings and no opportunity for members of the House to weigh in on the proposals.
If only we had Democrats in control of the Presidency, the House, and the Senate!
Oddly, or not, I can't find any mention of this, even though it's based on a story in Pravda, on the front pages of Kos, Eschaton, Digby, or FDL. (To be fair: Did I miss a post?) Perhaps they think Obama doesn't really mean it?