Where’s their plan? Isn’t it funny that Democrats are actually arguing to protect policies (Bush tax cuts) that George Bush enacted. For 4 years they have been screaming that the current economic recession was caused by those same policies enacted by George Bush.
From The Hill:
Everything, including cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits, should remain on the table as party leaders seek to hash out an end-of-the-year budget deal, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday.
A number of Democratic leaders — including Reps. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), John Larson (Conn.) and Xavier Becerra (Calif.) — have said they would support some spending reductions in Medicare, but that cuts to direct benefits should not be a part of the negotiations. Along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), they also maintain that Social Security reform has no place at all in the “fiscal cliff” talks.
But Hoyer, the Democratic whip, warned that taking those things off the table is a bad place to start the negotiations. Such entrenched positions are little different, he said, than the Republicans’ refusal to consider hikes in tax rates — a central element of President Obama’s deficit-reduction proposal.
Hoyer said GOP proposals to raise the Medicare eligibility age, make wealthier seniors pay higher Medicare rates and limit the growth of Social Security benefits are legitimate ones, even as he warned he might not support them.
“They clearly are on the table,” Hoyer said during his weekly press briefing in the Capitol. “They were on the table in the Boehner-Obama talks. They’ve been on the table for some period of time. That does not mean that I’d be prepared to adopt them now, but they’re clearly, I think, on the table.
“We have many Republicans say ‘absolutely not’ … on rates or revenues,” he added. “There are Democrats on our side who say ‘absolutely not’ if they do A and they do B and they do C. … You’ve got to put everything on the table.”