Wanker Of The Day

3 comments December 28th, 2010at 02:12pm Posted by Eli

Michael Gerson:

Medicare is the main policy challenge here, because rising health costs are the primary cause of unsustainable entitlement commitments. But Medicare reform – the topic of intense, ideological debate – is a political nonstarter. While Social Security is a relatively small contributor to future deficits, reforming it would be a large symbol and a logical place to begin.


Social Security restructuring is not the obvious choice for Obama, but it is the smart one. It is achievable. It would invest Republican leaders in a constructive national enterprise. It would reassure global credit markets that America remains capable of governing itself. It would result in a more progressive, sustainable system. And it would make a dramatic, timely political statement: that the president is capable not only of expanding government but of reforming it.

So in other words, Gerson is perfectly happy to either impoverish the elderly or force them to keep working forever for the sake of a symbolic gesture that he himself admits would have minimal effect on the deficit.  What a prince.

The worst part is that Obama doesn’t need any urging from Gerson; he’s going to do this anyway.  And it’s not going to be a savvy political move, it’s going to be electoral suicide for him and the entire Democratic party.

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Social Security,Wankers


  • 1. Anonymous  |  December 28th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Any Medicare reform I can imagine would only raise health care costs for everyone else. The health care infrastructure has to get its revenue from somewhere, so the less it gets from Medicare it will have to raise costs even more on those (employers) with private insurance. A much more productive path would be a war on obesity and unhealthy food. That’d be politically palatable, huh.

  • 2. fourlegsgood  |  December 29th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Gerson can blow me.

    In other news, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! and Happy New YEAR!! also, have you seen the film “Fright Night”? I found it on Netflix by accident. It’s all kinds of awesomeness.

  • 3. Eli  |  December 29th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Merry winterstuff, 4legs!

    You’ve only just now seen Fright Night? Interesting factoid: Amanda Bearse (Married With Children) and William Ragsdale (Herman’s Head) were back-to-back on Fox back in the day.

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