Obama meets today with Congress, liberal non-profits re fiscal cliff

As we reported earlier in the week, the President Obama is starting his second term with a bang — by meeting with a number of corporate and political leaders (government and non-profit) to press for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and the rest of the safety net.

Okay, that’s not the announced intention. What the man actually announced was that the meetings will be:

focused on finding a balanced solution to our deficit challenges and moving our economy forward.

“Balanced solution” is code for “Catfood” (click to see why).

Tuesday and Wednesday were meetings with “labor and progressive leaders” and important CEOs. Click the links to see the attendees — Walmart got a nice invite for Wednesday.

transcript of romney obama second presidential debateOn Friday it’s “bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress” — a group including those horrible no-good frightening people we were supposed to save the nation from by voting for Obama and not them. As you read below, he now wants to “compromise” and “do tough things” to get their support.

Friday also has meetings with “leaders of civic organizations.” Here’s the list of all invitees (via email; source is “a White House official”; my emphasis and paragraphing):

Tomorrow, the President will host the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress at the White House at 10:15 am ET to discuss ways to find a balanced approach to reduce the deficit and strengthen our economy. The President will be joined by Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi. …

The President has been very clear that he wants to work together with members of Congress in both parties to find common ground to address the challenges facing our nation at the end of the year. …

The President will also reiterate that he wants to work with leaders in both parties to achieve a significant, balanced deficit reduction plan that puts our nation on a sustainable fiscal path. He will be make clear that he is willing to compromise and do tough things to get this done, but only in the context of a balanced approach that also asks more in revenues from the wealthiest Americans. …

“Sold out” — is that spelled with an S or an F?

By the way, “do tough things” means tough things for you. His kids are in the best schools in the country, and the nation’s publishers are probably already slathering up to hand over his million-dollar post-presidential book advance.

Here’s the list of leaders of “civic organizations”:

· Peter Berns, The Arc
· Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK
· Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
· Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR)
· Deepa Iyer National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
· Ben Jealous, NAACP
· Marc Morial, National Urban League
· Janet Murguia, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
· Barry Rand, AARP
· Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, MomsRising.org
· Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network (NAN)
· Aaron Smith, Young Invincibles
· Rev. Jim Wallis, Sojourners

Did you notice Al Sharpton’s name? Cornel West had some words for Brother Sharpton — stay tuned for that coming up in the next few days in this space. As news of these meetings and the reactions from attendees comes out, I’ll try to cover it.

Scheduling note: Starting next week I’ll be on partial or full vacation. I hope to weigh in with smaller posts. Full posting will resume in December.


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  • tsuki

    And don’t forget the Wall Street speaking fees he’ll be collecting like a former “populist president” we all know.

  • condew

    Perhaps we might remind President Obama that George W. Bush may have been the first President so reviled he has to hide in a gated community for the rest of his life, but he need not be the last.

  • condew


    My warning to any elected official who helps Obama cut Social Security and Medicare (aka “entitlements”): It will end your career. Not just your political career, cutting Social Security or Medicare will make you damaged goods; poisonous to any company that might consider hiring you after you get voted out.

  • condew

    It’s an old technique to “listen to everybody” and then “present a solution”. Of course the solution presented need not have anything at all to do with what people you “listened to” said. Well, maybe it has a lot to do with what the people you listened to in the back room said, but not those you publicly consulted.

  • condew

    Wanna bet Obama’s conclusion will be we should shaft the middle class yet again so we can save Social Security for “those who really need it”?

  • I call dibs on the spot under the bus nearest the engine casing. It’s a little warmer there, and might help keep me from catching the flu or pneumonia since I’ll have to wait at least two more years for Medicare and make do with a Social Security pension that’ll be worth 10-20% less by then due to the anchor-chained CPI adjustments.

    My nephew, the one who suffered multiple injuries while serving in Iraq, is probably gonna need a place, too, given Tricare cuts are on the table, too, as well as cuts in his military pension.

    Then there’s my wife who apparently will be hit even sooner with increased Medicare premiums and co-pays…

    Just so we’re all clear here: This is the Lesser Evil all the Dems voted for. We Cassandras said this was what would come, and here it is.

  • FunMe

    Shouldn’t the headline be “Obama meets with liberal groups to placate them and tell them to shut up”

    Meanwhile, why isn’t there any major pressure being placed on the President to STOP with his nonsense and get his hands off of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid? I don’t seem to be seeing anything done to pressure him to stop. Without any pressure (like we gave him for DADT) he will care less and betray us once again.

    Is this why he got reelected? Has he no shame?

  • nicho

    Why do I have the feeling that we’re going to be the ones who are pushed off the cliff?

  • A_nonymoose

    Is this the part where he sells us out after we re-elect him?

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