It is not everyday that a prime time cable superstar news personality singles out a quote from your congressman and tells him “The word ‘bullpucky” keeps coming to mind”. That is what well respected (or despised) MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow did to our Congressman, Rep. Tom Reed in Monday’s (4/25/13) ‘The Maddow Blog’.
The title of the article was, “GOP offers Obama a chained-CPI off-ramp”. Maddow referred to Reed’s quote after she explained the National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Rep. Gred Walden (R-Ore.) (who will run their 2014 congressional races, and hand picked Rep. Reed to be the Northeast Chair of that Committee) accused our President of waging, “a shocking attack on seniors”–a reference to the ‘chained CPI formula’ which alters the way Social Security benefits changes are calculated.
Rep. Reed played follow the leader and added his opinion, “I’ve very sensitive to the fact that you’re impacting current seniors in particular. It’s something I’m very hesitant to jump up and down and support.”
That is when Rachel wrote: “The word “bullpucky” keeps coming to mind.”
Doesn’t Rep. Reed understand that Social Security mainly deals with senior citizens? Doesn’t Rep. Reed understand when he proposed cuts in spending for ‘entitlements’ that would include Social Security?
The Republicans used to support “chained CPI”. The Republicans have been talking for years about the need to reduce the entitlements. Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell has been promoting that change for years. The Republican Study Committee had the ‘chained CPI’ formula in their most recent budge proposal. Rep. Reed himself voted for the Ryan Budget, which would cost seniors $6,000 or more each year, multiple times.
Since the President offered the change in the formula, some of the Republicans are now against it. This is not a new trick. The Republicans used to support Health Insurance Mandates, but now they don’t. They used to support ‘The Dream Act’, but now they don’t. The used to support spending to improve the country’s infrastructure, but now they don’t. They used to support deficit spending, but now they don’t. They used to support Cap and Trade, but now they don’t.
Now we can add social security to the list of political games the republicans play. It’s time to stop playing games with our future.