Robert L. Borosage is a Progressive Democrat and the President of the Institute for America’s Future. He blogs at the Huffington Post and his piece today is entitled, “Bushwacking Obama: Conservatives Call for “Fixing” Social Security.” In it he explains how Obama would sabotage his chances for reelection in 2012, if he were to attack social security, which most of us have figured out is one of Obama’s most cherished goals.

In fact, I think Obama was extremely unhappy with the Catfood Commission’s failure to agree on a deficit reduction recommendation that included cutting Social Security and he decided on another way to skin that cat before Christmas by:

(1) extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich;

(2) reducing the payroll FICA tax by 2%; and

(3) sacrificing Social Security to get Republican support to pass a bill increasing the debt limit.

I don’t know if Borosage agrees with me, although I suspect he does, and even though he pitched his piece as a warning to Obama regarding his chances for reelection, I’m inclined to think he’s far more concerned about saving Social Security from Obama rather than actively promoting Obama’s chances for reelection.

At any rate, I recommend his piece to all Firepups as a well-written primer upon which to base our arguments against cutting social security when we attempt to convince the incredibly annoying, willfully ignorant, blind, and suicidally inclined Obamabots and the so-called “serious” Democrats in Congress who are likely to follow Obama’s lead, play the Kabuki El Foldo Game and rush like lemmings over a cliff just like they did with his god-awful health insurance and Big PhRMA corporate giveaways. I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t think I can handle another kabuki summer like 2009 without setting my hair on fire on the village green.  . . .

Borosage begins by referencing Michael Gerson’s (a conservative Bush policy adviser and apologist) piece in the Washington Post today stating that reforming Social Security, by which he means cutting it, is the key to Obama’s reelection in 2012. Even though he concedes that “Social Security is a “relatively small contributor to future deficits,” Gerson insists that “reforming it would be a large symbol and logical place to begin” because it would “polish” Obama’s image among independents on spending and debt. He adds that Social Security reform also would “reassure global credit markets that America remains capable of governing itself.”

I can just see the ever the narcissist-in-chief Obama preening before a mirror as he reads Gerson’s piece and mutters, “Only too happy to oblige, Mike.” Come on, now. You can too. Admit it.

By the way, have y’all noticed that the committee putting together the new DSM-V has eliminated the narcissistic personality disorder? Yes, indeed my dear fellow pups. I guess it’s the new “normal.”

Borosage refutes Gerson’s advice by pointing out that it’s a trap because even if Obama were to succeed in “reforming” Social Security, he would only have proven “that he had to destroy the Democratic Party to enact reforms that made no dent in deficit reduction or future debt projections,” a point which Gerson already has conceded, and this can only decrease confidence that “the US can govern itself.”

Here’s the meat:

“Reforming Social Security by raising the retirement age and cutting benefits — however gaudily packaged to make the system more “progressive” — is unpopular not just with liberals, but with independents, conservatives and Tea Partiers. Embracing it won’t “polish” the president’s image among independents; it will prove to Americans across the political spectrum that the president is out of touch. Americans, mostly those approaching retirement, just lost over $11 trillion in assets from savings and home values. Most don’t have a pension, and those that do fear that they are at risk. Savings were inadequate before the financial collapse. Every survey shows that Americans do not want politicians to mess with Social Security, the one secure leg left to retirement.”

There’s more right here.

Frederick Leatherman

Frederick Leatherman

I am a former law professor and felony criminal defense lawyer who practiced in state and federal courts for 30 years specializing in death penalty cases, forensics, and drug cases.

I taught criminal law, criminal procedure, law and forensics, and trial advocacy for three years after retiring from my law practice.

I also co-founded Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle and recruited 40 lawyers who agreed to work pro bono, assisted by law students, representing 17 innocent men and women wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing their children in the notorious Wenatchee Sex Ring witch-hunt prosecutions during the mid 90s. All 17 were freed from imprisonment.

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