Yes, Obama is a fine speaker. I can see, however, that once again he has set the stage for compromising away to the greedy rich everything that we hold dear if only they will be patient and not try to take it all in one bite.
Obama seems to be saying that he "really" wants to raise taxes for the richest but wants a bi-partisan committee to work out the deal to "reform", i.e., surrender Medicare and Medicaid. The "line in the sand" drawn by Obama that Rep. Cleaver (D-Mo.) sees is not apparent to me. Perhaps it was blown away by all of the hot air.
House Budget Committee chairman, Paul Ryan, a heartless psychopath, calls for stealing our Social Security funds which he already lists as government "income" which they most decidedly are not. On page 3 of Obama's Deficit and 2012 Campaign Speech (AP, Huffington Post) he twice refers to Social Security as a government expense. Social Security is not a government expense. It is solvent and self supporting. Social Security is workers' money NOT to be used to pay for the corporate wars of aggression in the Middle East, bailouts to the wealthy Wall Street Gamblers or to provide multi-million dollar bonuses to any corporate executives. Social Security is OUR money. It is not government income.
That, however, has not stopped Congress from using our money. The U.S. Government already owes OUR Social Security fund $48.1 billion in interest alone for funds borrowed.
Giving away Medicare and Medicaid in a soon to be chosen bi-partisan billionaire/corporation purchased advisory committee is a chicken-crap way for Obama to attempt to escape criticism and to again pander to the wealthiest of the wealthy. They are way more dangerous than lunch extorting "school yard bullies" who do not need to be encouraged by Obama's feigned statesmanship.
Balancing the budget is a fine idea. I'm all for that as are most Americans. But, caving in to the demands of the billionaires is appeasement.
Balancing the budget can be accomplished. It requires that the very largest categorical expense that we have, War and Related Programs, be severely reduced. We need to cut the military spending drastically by getting out of continual wars of aggression for the sole benefit of corporations" Tax the billionaires " Tax the corporations " Repeal NAFTA " Tax the goods produced in Chinese sweat-shops and return the jobs to American workers.
Easy? No. But, the alternative is to bury our heads in the sand and pretend that all is going to be well because "The Continual Compromiser," Obama gave a speech.