House GOP campaign chair’s surprising defense of Medicare
The President’s offer to cut spending on Medicare and Social Security is confusing some conservatives. In the past, they’ve of course labeled such cuts a sign of Seriousness but his budget caught them off balance. And yes, that’s very weird because he’s had the Medicare cuts in earlier budgets and the Social Security cut (chained CPI) in his fiscal cliff offer to Boehner.
Anyway, initial responses ranged from the incoherent—”I don’t see this as fundamental entitlement reform as much as clarifying a statistic which does happen to save money” (Paul Ryan)—to the opportunistic “Let’s set aside our differences and come together on things we can agree on” (Eric Cantor saying let’s do CPI but not the higher tax revenues in the budget)—to the faux-outraged House GOP campaign chair Greg Walden who labeled the President’s budget a “shocking attack on seniors.”
It’s that last part where things got weird today. As the WaPo reports, Boehner and Cantor are distancing themselves from Walden, since they want these cuts. And the very conservative Club for Growth…