The debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden is generating huge media hype. But another "debate" on Social Security has meandered in the shadows: Biden vs. Obama.
Why are Obama and Biden saying opposite things about Social Security?
The Vice President declared: "I guarantee you, flat guarantee you, there will be no changes in Social Security."
Sounds good. Except the New York Times reported the President "particularly believes that Democrats do not receive enough credit for their willingness to accept cuts in Medicare and Social Security."
So, which is it -- flat guarantee of "no changes" or proud "willingness to accept cuts"?
Most Americans favor taxing the wealthy, reducing military spending, and expanding rather than cutting Social Security and Medicare.
The Romney-Ryan platform includes big cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
It's time we asked the President and every member of Congress to commit to not cutting a dime from Medicare or Social Security.
There's a good cop / bad cop routine underway, but it's Social Security and Medicare that are getting rubber-hosed in the back room.
Rather than giving credit to those who compromise with Paul Ryan's agenda, let's shift the range of the debate by insisting that any cuts be cuts to the military, the wars, the fossil fuel subsidies, the prison industry, or the banker bailouts.
No compromise on Social Security or Medicare!
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