This Wednesday, President Obama is expected to file his budget proposal for the next fiscal year.
Are you wondering why his budget is expected to include
- chained-CPI Social Security “reform” that would ratchet down monthly benefits forever (read the AARP’s explanation here; almost 70% of older voters oppose this change);
- cuts to the EPA’s SuperFund program that cleans up hazardous waste sites; and
- yet another round of cuts to federal employees’ retirement benefits?
Straight from an observer in DC, here is the best explanation I’ve heard so far: Having President Obama support these policies is a guaranteed way to get Republicans to oppose them.
“Yes, we have reached that level of adolescence on Capitol Hill.”