The usual

What Digby said.

So why is the president doing this? He’s certainly not a dumb man who can’t understand what he’s doing. The only explanation is that he believes Social Security benefits should be cut, but knows that it’s politically difficult to do so he’s hiding behind this “technical improvement.” Honestly, there aren’t any other believable explanations. Social Security never had to be part of this deficit conversation because it doesn’t contribute to the deficit. It is, however, part of the Grandiose “Bargain” he’s been pushing since before he was inaugurated the first time in which he seeks to be the Democratic president who bridges all the partisan divides and takes all these difficult problems “off the table” for all time so we can finally “do big things.” The Republicans have never signed on to that vision and more and more, I’m wondering if they aren’t saving the Democrats from themselves.

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