Chris Bowers of Daily Kos reports on the blogger roundtable held at the White House yesterday:
The answers that we received are not answers that will make anyone entirely happy. Here is what I took from them:
The Obama administration is not willing to repudiate the “crisis” narrative surrounding Social Security that dominates the national political media. President Obama explicitly repudiated privatization of Social Security in his speech last night, and David Axelrod reaffirmed that repudiation today. If there is going to be a “bi-partisan” agreement to alter Social Security, it will be brokered by President Obama himself. Congress is not going to pass a deal to which President Obama has not given his prior approval. President Obama strikes generally strong notes in defense of Social Security when it comes to other possible ways to cut the program. However, other than privatization, both he and his administration are unwilling to get too specific about where the line is drawn.
The best thing you can do right now is write letters to your congress critters and/or your local papers, since as venal as they are, they still have to worry about getting reelected.