‘Hard Choices’ and the Budget Cuts Left Off the Table

There is no shortage of pundits like Robert Samuelson who demand cuts to Social Security and Medicare, usually in the name of balancing the budget. These political decisions are usually labeled “hard choices” in media discussions–as if politicians who favor making people pay more for their healthcare or cutting their retirement funds are only bravely doing what needs to be done. Rarely discussed in the corporate media is what to do about the military budget, which has grown enormously over the past decade. Part of the debt deal requires some military cuts, though there is less there than meets the […]


NYT Quotes a Social Security Defender, Only Bashes Him Indirectly

A New York Times piece (6/17/11) on Social Security actually quotes a defender of Social Security–but as that source notes, “the context looks designed to refute me.” In a story about the AARP suggesting that maybe Social Security benefits will have to be cut, the Times‘ Erich Lichtblau writes: But other advocacy groups that are pushing to preserve Social Security benefits accused AARP of effectively abandoning its core constituency. Doug Henwood, the Brooklyn editor of a liberal business blog and Internet radio program who has written on Social Security, said AARP’s willingness to consider cuts in benefits “reads like a […]