It appears the AP remains in the tank for The Chosen One. The headline, "Obama Pivots..." is just a lie. Plain and simple. Further "untruthiness" shows up throughout the piece.
(J)ust a week after the president announced he would seek re-election, ensures that the nation's fiscal health will be at the center of the 2012 presidential campaign. For the past two months, Obama has been arguing to protect his core spending priorities, including education and innovation.
I suppose one could argue that "innovation" is a spending priority, but only for "green technology". I've seen no evidence of a priority for spending on education.
The president is wading into a potential political thicket. Liberals fear he will propose cuts in prized Democratic programs like Medicare and Medicaid, the health care programs for older adults, the disabled and the poor, and in Social Security.
Zero chance here. The Chosen One will make some vague proposals for "out year" savings that will total in the realm of $1 trillion over 10 years or something like that. But when one does the math and really looks at thee proposal, one will find it is only an reduction in the rate of growth and amounts to almost nothing while tax increases will be on the "rich". Expect the "rich" to be those making $250,000 or more, but that number will creep down to become anyone making $100,000 or more. Nice round number and people still think it's a lot of money (it's not).
"Where the president believes the House Republican plan fails starkly is that it is imbalanced, that it places all the burden on the middle class, on seniors, on the disabled, on people in nursing homes, through its rather drastic reform of Medicare and Medicaid," Carney said.
Did anyone not expect this kind of rhetoric. "Drastic cuts". This is simply class warfare. It has worked before and is a standard part of the Leftist playbook. The fact is that the middle class is getting killed by higher and higher taxes and an economic malaise that won't go away. Is the American public stupid enough to buy this tripe again.
I can't finish the whole thing because I have to go to work (unlike many who choose to not work and unlike those out of work because this president has chose the wrong path to recovery). Suffice it to say that the Democrats never want to cut spending. It is the mother's milk of their constituency. Tax and spend. It's always gotten them re-elected.