This morning I received an email from Campaign for America's Future, as follows:
"Great news: The President has dropped the chained CPI cut to Social Security from his next budget!
"It's gone, and you had something to do with it. CAF and Social Security Works collected over 200,000 signatures opposing the cuts. That message was echoed by several members of Congress in a letter yesterday. According to the AP, the administration heard our message and removed the chained CPI from the budget."
Would any Republican president in this century have done such a thing? We can't know for sure, but we do know that the one Republican president in this century campaigned hard to destroy Social Security - first by raiding the fund and ending the "lock box" that had been inherited from the Clinton administration and then by trying hard to 'privatize' Social Security. Raiding Social Security funds was part of his aggressive, radical interventionist and adventurist war policy. The privatization project has been and is part of a radical agenda for destruction of the commons and to roll back what is left of the New Deal.
The President could not or would not have taken this action on chained CPI except in unity with congressional Democrats, especially progressive Democrats. For the American working people, there is a difference!
Many here at OEN (both progressives and libertarians) often demonize President Obama. Well, suppose I grant that there is justification for that sentiment, particularly on matters of 'global security' and corporatist 'globalism'. Suppose I even grant that this administration is guilty by reason of omission for failure to push necessary monetary, financial and judicial reform - where judicial reform is focused on a judicial reform act to allow Congress to reverse Citizens United and the entire money=speech doctrine. Then I am saying that we should still follow the age-old adage and 'give the Devil his due'!