Lindsey Graham says Obama needs to ‘man up’ on Medicare cuts
Posted in: Obama Administration
“Man up.” Run with that. Sometimes the jokes just tell themselves…from the closet. Think Progress:
Appearing on Fox News, Graham put forward an argument that is quickly becoming Republican conventional wisdom: Obama has leverage when it comes to raising tax rates, but once Republicans agree to some sort of a deal, the power will shift to the GOP.
GRAHAM: In February or March you have to raise the debt ceiling. And I can tell you this, there is a hardening on the Republican side. We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling. We’re not going to let Obama borrow any more money or any American Congress borrow any more money until we fix this country from becoming Greece. That requires significant entitlement reform to save Social Security from bankruptcy and Medicare from bankruptcy. Social Security is going bankrupt in about 20, 25 years. Medicare is going bankrupt in 15 or 20 years. [...]
Yes, we will play that game, Mr. President, because it’s not a game. The game you’re playing is small ball. You’re talking about raising rates on the top 2% that would run the government for 11 days. You just got reelected. How about doing something big that is not liberal? How about doing something big that really is bipartisan? Every big idea he has is a liberal idea that drowns us in debt. How about maning up here, Mr. President and use your mandate to bring this country together to stop us from becoming Greece.