Obama, Social Security, and Empty Suits

The exchange below came to me from “Best of the Web Today.” It highlights just how old Obama’s ideas are, as well as how doctrinaire of a politician he is.

Stephanopoulos: You’ve also said that with Social Security, everything should be on the table.

Obama: Yes.

Stephanopoulos: Raising the retirement age?

Obama: Everything should be on the table.

Stephanopoulos: Raising payroll taxes?

Obama: Everything should be on the table. I think we should approach it the same way Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan did back in 1983. They came together. I don’t want to lay out my preferences beforehand, but what I know is that Social Security is solvable. It is not as difficult a problem as we’re going to have with Medicaid and Medicare.

Stephanopoulos: Partial privatization?

Obama: Privatization is not something that I would consider . . .


So cutting payments and raising the retirement age is on the table, but giving young blacks access to the same type of retirement rich and middleclass whites get is off the table?

There are important issues regarding Personal Accounts for Social Security, but taking them off the table is bad policy. Obama has been cast as a “new hope” when if fact he offers nothing more than warmed-over FDR policies with that smelly “identity politics” tinge.

Not that I’m a big fan of Hillary, but I hope she makes short work of him.