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).
On 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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