Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Liberal Column Worth Your Time

"IF you were born before 1946 or after 1964, you are free to go. Kindly close the door on your way out. I need a private moment with my fellow baby boomers. ...

At least the Republicans have a plan. The Democrats generally recoil from the subject of entitlements. "

-- Bill Keller, NYT

Generally it is very hard for me to quote any of NYT Editorials or Op-Ed, those are just a waste too much. (Bill Keller is the past Executive Editor of NYT.) But I can say with clear mind that this one passes the muster. Bill Keller has helped to put this whole debate about 'entitlement reforms' - the elephant in the room - in probably the most intelligent and ethical way to Liberal Constituency than any other earlier attempts. I like that.

Question is will Democrats take this challenge. President Obama has gone MIA on this one. That is pathetic and totally repugnant for a politician who aims to solve our problems. President Obama is in that sense a failed politician, so long as he does not dare to articulate clear cut 'entitlement reforms' during the campaign season.

We are not politically so naive not to understand what is the game plan here for President Obama - let us 'get by without spelling out any hard reforms we Americans have to undertake' and simply fool Americans by talking about 'taxes on rich'. Yes, of course taxes on rich need to go up and we got to address always increasing inequality within America. But that does not mean you get a license to be silent on the most pressing needs of America - how to control our medical costs and entitlements. That is the 'cool aid' President Obama is selling us. That is dangerous and in the end will be the main reason Americans would embrace the disastrous policies of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. President Obama with his unwillingness to talk about these hard and adult choices, because of his calculative, poll tested means to do politicking; would have in the end been the responsible person to bring down the whole Progressive edifice down. What a shame and what a tragedy.

Update - The post is edited to correct the language as it appeared in the first version.

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