When your own political party can’t get its act together, the buck stops with President Obama. It is time to call a bunch of people to the woodshed, that is a place, means, or session for administering discipline.
At this point, there is absolutely no excuse for Senate Democrats not having a complete solution well-defined and ready for legislative action. The fact that they and the President are flat-footed at this point indicates that Republicans were correct in their criticism about the lack of leadership.
If We the People had the ability, we should take the lot of them to the woodshed ourselves. With campaign politics over, citizens can now get down to business and hold elected officials feet to the flames of discontent as now is the season.
The solution to Medicare is means testing and graduated scale for cost sharing. Cost containment is a matter of controlling escalating reimbursement fees.
As for Social Security, that is an immovable object. The actuarial problem for the long haul must be addressed by changing the retirement age. The long-term solution will address contribution level and means for improving return on funds from higher yielding investment. There are many ways to manage the funds better. One thing, keep Congress from tapping into the funds and depleting them.
When all else is done, cut defense spending some more. America must reduce its far flung and excessive foreign policy. The answer to that is energy policy. Shifting from fossil fuels to solar energy on a fast track is imperative as Romney recommended as did T. Boone Pickens.
Open deaf ears and stop political dancing, Mr. President. Put your nose to the grindstone and get this done.
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By Scott Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org or @scottwongDC)
DIVIDE AMONG DEMOCRATS OVER ENTITLEMENTS – The Associated Press’s Stephen Ohlemacher reports: “Deep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to slow the government’s mushrooming debt pose a big obstacle to a deal for avoiding a potentially economy-crushing ‘fiscal cliff,’ even if Republicans agree to raise taxes. Much of the focus during negotiations seeking an alternative to $671 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts beginning in January has centered on whether Republicans would agree to raising taxes on the wealthy. President Barack Obama has insisted repeatedly that tax increases on the wealthy must be part of any deal, even as White House officials concede that government benefit programs will have to be in the package too…. But even if GOP lawmakers agree to raise taxes, there is no guarantee Democrats can come up with enough votes in the Senate to cut benefit programs – as Republicans are demanding. ‘I hope not if it means Social Security or Medicare benefit cuts,’ said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
— “There’s a growing consensus among Senate Democrats and the White House that Social Security should be exempt from any deficit-reduction package. But some centrist Democrats in the Senate argue that fellow Democrats must be willing to consider cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in order to get concessions from Republicans on taxes. ‘It has to be both – a significant revenue increase as well as spending cuts,’ said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., who is retiring as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said rising health care costs in Medicare and Medicaid are helping to drive future spending, making them an essential part of a long-term deficit-reduction package. ‘I’ve been part of every bipartisan group here. We’ve always put everything on the table,’ Conrad said. ‘If you’re going to solve this problem, you’re going to have to deal with where the spending is and the revenue can be raised.'”