Who says you can’t have it both ways? After spending the last few months insisting that we drastically cut all social programs (like Medicare, Social Security, etc.), the Republicans have figured out that voters might not like that very much.
So I guess it is no surprise that now that the debt ceiling deal is done, the GOP would not waste any time trying to blame cuts in social programs on Obama. And sure enough, the latest Republican talking point proclaims “For The Record… It Was Obama Who Offered To Cut Hundreds Of Billions In Medicare During The Debt Debate“.
Do they really think we are so stupid that we will forget that the Republicans mounted an all out attack on Medicare, even wanting to dismantle it and replace it with vouchers? Or that the original deficit reduction talks broke down because Republicans insisted on “extremely deep cuts in Medicare“?
But what makes this truly hypocritical is that until now, the Republicans kept repeating the lie that Obama and the Democrats never proposed a plan. But now that the deal is done, suddenly they are complaining about the plan put forth by Obama (which, according to them, never existed). So which is it?
If the Democrats were as cynical as the Republicans, they would bring up the fact that Speaker John Boehner briefly proposed a plan that included increasing revenue by $1 trillion, under the headline “For the Record… It was Republican leader John Boehner who proposed raising your taxes during the debt debate”.
UPDATE: Watch Boehner admit that he put raising taxes on the table, while simultaneously accusing Obama of not making any proposals:
UPDATE 2: The coordinated GOP attack has been set in motion. Today Grover Norquist tweeted “Todays bad unemployment numbers courtesy of Obama’s job killing “stimulus/bailout” spending spree. This must stop.” What’s really hilarious about this is that today’s unemployment numbers were actually better than expected — unemployment went DOWN from 9.2% in June to 9.1% in July. Not much, but certainly not “job killing” since 117,000 jobs were created. Besides, if Norquist really believes that stimulus spending kills jobs, then he is an idiot.