Why are Conservative members in Congress feeling more optimistic about reaching a budget deal with President Obama to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, as reported in today’s New York Times?

I’ve hinted in more recent posts that I always felt the target of the current budget drama is bigger than the dismantling of Obamacare. I’ll be more explicit this morning.

I believe Social Security or other so-called entitlement programs are, and have always been, at risk.

Like two immature young adults who want to lock lips but are waiting for each other to make the first move, the Party of No Brains won’t or can’t articulate a desire to cut entitlement programs as a condition for reopening the government; they want President Obama to say it first.

PONB has a documented reason to believe that Obama wants to strike a deal with Social Security or similar programs.

Therefore, Conservatives are hoping Obama will make the offer.

After all, the President doesn’t have to worry about reelection. He can tell the public later that he put up a big fight, but delivered the best deal for America in order to end the government shutdown and avert the financial catastrophe associated with a debt default.

I don’t want to be right about this, but what other budget concession can Obama give?

Close a few of the 600+ US military bases?

Raise taxes on corporations?

Hit upper-income folks with another round of tax increases?

Gut Obamacare?


Cut some social program that helps the poor, middle class or elderly…?

song currently stuck in my head: “stella mae” – john lee hooker

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