Wednesday, September 09, 2015

A Tale of Two Presidents

It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. So which one is true?

Way back in March of 2015 the president had this to say as reported by The Crux
President Obama came under fire for a major Social Security cut he outlined in the White House’s 2015 budget proposal.
Obama’s proposed Social Security cut  came at a time when many American seniors were already suffering significant financial hardships.
The percentage of senior citizens between 75 and 84 years old who live in poverty recently doubled…
And many seniors were forced to deplete their savings during the last recession, making them increasingly reliant on Social Security income to survive…
On page 150, in black and white text, the White house said it intends to “eliminate [the] aggressive Social Security claiming strategies”  that some Americans are using to maximize their Social Security benefits.
In other words, Obama isn't pleased with people who UTILIZE the law to MAXIMIZE their benefits. For someone who mostly operates above the law, I find this approach to be incredible.

Even more revealing is what the president had to say on July 13, 2015.
When Social Security was signed into law, far too many seniors were living in poverty.
Medicare and Social Security are not in crisis, nor have they kept us from cutting our deficits by two-thirds since I took office. - White House
So which is it?

If Social Security is not in crisis, then why propose cuts to the program?

Of course this is the same president that once said "I do think that at some point you have earned enough money". Isn't this just a tad out of touch?

And if he cut the deficit by 2/3 since taking office why is the deficit figure $8 trillion more than in 2008?

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