Reforming Entitlement Programs – Obama Dares Democrats!

by Howard K. Smith on July 19, 2011

Entitlement Programs. Money flushed down the Toilet?

Entitlement Programs. Money flushed down the Toilet?

The US president, Barrack Obama, has been seen by many democrats as going against his own party in his renewed resolve to reform entitlement programs, most especially those that have to do with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. This renewed ‘stand off’ came on the heels of his affirmation “to do something” about these programs, when he had a brief stop in his Midwest bus tour of Minnesota.

The president gave vent to this gridlock when he stated that he is always frustrated when people actually have the notion that government programs should maintain status quo and not be changed or modified for any reason. He stated that this will not be the case with entitlement programs, most especially those that concern Medicare, since he believes that hardly will the agency move forward or be of greater benefits to the American people if not reformed for greater effectiveness and delivery. And much as he will like this to pass the house, many democrats have opposed the idea of instituting reforms they do not see as making any significant difference. Indeed, Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, had stated that the democrats in the house had not conceded any significance to the plan during their deficit debates.

Many leftists also stand against the purported cuts in Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, because they are of the mind that the effects on the people would be too bad. But in a swift move, the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Maya MacGuineas, has stated that bringing cuts into these entitlement programs would be okay, since these entitlement programs are known to constitute the difficult aspects of the budget. According to MacGuineas, “we’re not going to fix this problem without fixing entitlements…Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid are at the center of our fiscal challenges.”

Now, people should believe in the mandate of the president to do all that is necessary to extricate the United States from the present overwhelming budget deficit. It is bad enough when people do not believe in the ability, or the vision of the president to institute measures that that will bail out the economy in the long run. The United States is a leading world economy with the ability to always bounce back and hold its own grounds, and it would help some bit if fellow Democrats would be supportive and not give cracks for the Republicans to discredit the presidency.

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