Friday, July 15, 2011

Speechifying ain't leading

Charles Krauthammer reminds us that even though there's been no shortage of Obama press conferences recently, he's yet to offer anything that could be called a plan to deal with the debt crisis:
All of a sudden he’s a born-again budget balancer prepared to bravely take on his own party by making deep cuts in entitlements. Really? Name one. He’s been saying forever that he’s prepared to discuss, engage, converse about entitlement cuts. But never once has he publicly proposed a single structural change to any entitlement.
Hasn’t the White House leaked that he’s prepared to raise the Medicare age or change the cost-of-living calculation?

Anonymous talk is cheap. Leaks are designed to manipulate. Offers are floated and disappear.

Say it, Mr. President. Give us one single structural change in entitlements. In public.
Obama's been pushing for the "big deal" but he's never touched entitlements which is the only pathway to genuine debt control. We're not going to get it by cutting back on park rangers.

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