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  • 'Quit Lying': Conservatives Criticize Obama's Social Security Threat

    Congressional Republicans are outraged at President Obama’s suggestion that Social Security beneficiaries might not get their checks in the event that the federal debt ceiling is not raised by Aug. 2.

    “Have you no shame, sir?” asked Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) in a short video posted to his website on Thursday. “President Obama, quit lying,” Walsh demanded. “You know darn well that if August second comes and goes, there’s plenty of money to pay off our debt and cover our social security obligations. And you also know that you and only you have the discretion to make those payments.”

    Walsh went on to call for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, and asked the president to encourage congressional Democrats to back the effort.

    Meanwhile, 13 freshman senators, all Republicans, sent a letter to President Obama chastising him for “engag[ing] in political theater, demagoguery, and a dangerous game of political chicken” and for “threatening America’s most vulnerable citizens.”

    The senators also used the occasion to tout their “Cut, Cap, and Balance” plan, which includes an balanced budget amendment, in addition to a statutory budget cap, and short-term spending cuts.

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), one of the letter’s signatories, later called on Obama to apologize for the statement. “I frankly thing the President should apologize,” he said at a press conference announcing the release of the senators’ letter.

    Popular support for a balanced budget amendment of some kind has been steadily strong. Three recent polls on the issue have found popular support for the measure to be 71 percent, 65 percent, and 65 percent.

    The Heritage Foundation’s Brian Darling released a report Thursday on the respective chambers’ proposals for constitutional amendments. The report concludes thusly:

    These proposed balanced budget amendments differ on some fundamental issues that would dramatically affect the way Congress attempts to balance the budget. The House version, for example, is easier to waive. There is a lower threshold to declare military conflict in the House version that would allow for an easier waiver. Also, the tax limitation—forcing a two-thirds vote to increase taxes—would be waived in times of military conflict in the House version. The House version allows a lower supermajority threshold to pass an unbalanced budget than the Senate version does.

    The Senate version makes it more difficult to enact revenue-neutral tax reform. The provision that forces a two-thirds vote to raise any tax would make it more difficult to modify the tax code in a revenue-neutral manner to implement a flat tax. For a flat tax to work, some Americans might have their tax rates increased as a means to make every American pay the same rate.

    Also, neither version contains the complete ban on judicial enforcement that is necessary to prevent activist judges from setting budget priorities, which is a job reserved for the political branches of government.

    The differences between the House and Senate BBAs may seem small to those who are not steeped in the budget process, but they will have a dramatic impact on the lives of all Americans. Ultimately, these differences would need to be reconciled in a manner that leads to a balanced budget without jeopardizing U.S. military interests or punishing taxpayers.

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    6 Responses to 'Quit Lying': Conservatives Criticize Obama's Social Security Threat

    1. Bobbie says:

      Way to hold him.

      Everything Obama wants NOT CUT are all things people were once expected and able to do for themselves that obama wants to directly call people inferior to for government control. Give it back to the people. Head start = day care and is the personal RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE of the parents. GIVE IT BACK!! The rest are charitable.

      I know you won't but don't worry about Harry Reid and his extraordinary talent of mimic. We know who the children are and coming to know their danger as adults!

      More Americans are waking up in thanks to your truth and strength! Stand firm!

      • Jayde says:

        And the reality that now even two full time parents aren't able – and unfortunately too many times don't even try to to this? – Oh well, pull yourself up from your bootie straps little boy/girl, you were lucky to be born, now go get a job. And what do you mean 'GIVE IT BACK"- No one is taking away anyone's right to take care of themselves or do and say whatever they want to.the reality of the big picture and the damage of the past is how and why safety nets were originated because those who offered were forced to face a reality of life and the human condition – some yes, their own doing, and then others, like Enron (one of MANY more) for example that worked all their lives and were robbed of everything and are now supposed to do what exactly?

    2. Ed from Michigan says:

      I am an unemployed veteran whose wife draws a small social security pension which helps us. I am appalled and that Obama would stoop so low to threaten our very existence as if he is some kind of king. He is not a leader and must be defeated now in these budget debates, and in 2012. Obama is an embarrassment to our nation.

    3. Jayde says:

      Ed – Are you seriously saying that Obama is responsible for your possibly demise? SERIOUSLY?

      • Bobbie says:

        What's with you, Jayded? I didn't suggest anything about rights being taken away. Your ignorance speaks for you. The government needs to GIVE BACK the people's willingness to do for themselves. Like America stood for over 200 years! FREEDOM! ever hear of it? 80% in support of a tax hike that aren't willing to do what they can, makes it an unsustainable weight on the 20%. HUMAN DIGNITY?????!!!! Have any? GOVERNMENT ISN'T A CHARITY!!! It's become an abuse of power. You probably work for them or are recipient as that is the only kind of person that would support weakness over encouraging strength.

        The only reason married couples both have to work isn't because of American citizens, it's all control of the government!!!! WAKE UP LITTLE SHEEP!!!!! boy/girl. Oh and YES, the government is responsible for AMERICA'S DEMISE!!!!!!

    4. Mike says:

      I worked for 50 years and deserve my social security since I paid in all those years. I am not asking for anything that I havent earn!!!

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