Enter President Obama’s Debt Reduction Plan, Stage Left

Posted on September 22, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Caren Z. Turner

Can a politician be practical and do politics at the same time? You bet.

President Obama outlined his $3 trillion debt reduction plan on Monday, which Republicans instantly criticized as “class warfare,” in spite of the fact that polls continue to show that Democrats and many independent voters support raising taxes on the wealthy and oppose reducing Medicare and Social Security benefits. The details of the President’s plan were what we expected, discussed in our post Monday: the creation of $1.5 in revenues largely by increasing taxes on the wealthy, and $1 trillion in savings through cuts and reforms to Medicare and Medicaid over the next ten years.

While the plan pleased Democrats, what utterly thrilled and reinvigorated President Obama’s Democratic base was his defiant stand against any potential Republican obstruction to his plan. To many, it was a “Well it’s about time Mr. President!” moment. The President has been criticized since taking office as being weak for compromising with Republicans on a number of key issues including healthcare, Bush-era tax cuts, and Wall Street reform.

The President’s shift, which many feel presents a sound policy direction, is also politically smart: President Obama cannot get reelected without the support of his base, which has been seriously displeased with him for a long time. The President’s new defiant energy – if he sustains it – may be the start of a new and critical trend by the President in his hopes for winning reelection.

“If he refuses to compromise, he’ll win,” said Dan Cantor, executive director of New York’s labor-backed Working Families Party, which led a drive last year for a similar “millionaire’s tax.” “It’s economically sensible, politically popular and morally just.”

On another note, Monday marked the final nail in the coffin for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) which also excited Democrats and liberals across the country.

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