Obama Snubs GOP, Ditches Social Security Cuts
Olive branch to Boehner is rescinded
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 20, 2014 2:25 PM CST
In this Feb. 12 photo, President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(Newser) – President Obama is done playing nice with the budget. The White House will be ditching a proposal to curtail Social Security cost-of-living increases, along with other policies that he included last year in an attempt to reach out to Republicans, the Wall Street Journal reports. "This year, the administration is returning to a more traditional budget presentation that is focused on achieving the president's vision," a White House official said in a memo, meaning that it will focus on Democratic priorities.

"Republicans consistently showed a lack of willingness to negotiate … refusing to identify even one unfair tax loophole they would be willing to close," an official tells the Washington Post. Obama is willing to negotiate, he said, but not in the budget. He will, however, stick to the overall spending limits Congress has already agreed to. John Boehner called Obama's position a "non-starter," Politico reports. "The president has no interest in doing anything, even modest, to addresss the looming debt crisis," his spokesman said.

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farleyj1
Feb 26, 2014 3:22 PM CST
Also for you idiots who support getting rid of the middle class and poor. When the time comes and America is invaded I hope they call you up. You all will turn chicken and run. The middle class and poor are the ones who defend America not the rich and well off.
farleyj1
Feb 24, 2014 7:15 AM CST
Get your facts correct its not the POTUS talking about these cuts its the Congress and the Tea Party/Party of Stupid wanting these cuts. For two years we on Social Security did not get a COLA because of their bickering for political gain. Social Security is not just handed out to a person you pay into it all your working life every check you make. And when yo appliey for it your denied several times before you get it. I see future threats by the republicants who want their cut to shut down the goverment again. Now welfare is a hand out and there are some freeloaders on the program. I also pay 10 percent of my Social Security to taxes when i don't have to. I also pay my medicare premium as well simply because people in here and our chicke crap leaders have called people on social security free loaders. Leave my Social Security alone. You idiots out there say go ahead and cut social security well i hope you become disabled and can't work or turn 65,67 or 70 and apply for the benefit and it won't be there or won't give you enough to live on. Then you'll have a different tune. Also when they take Social Security out of your pay check it goes to pay for someones social securty that day they take it out of your check. Sounds like a familar scheam uh.
WallyEFunk
Feb 23, 2014 1:30 PM CST
This says it all .. http://economixcomix.com/home/social-security/