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This man is not happy about the president’s proposal to reform Social Security

As recently as three weeks ago House Speaker John Boehner said, "We need to put the entitlement programs on a sustainable path." (AP Photo/File)

“His budget really lays out kind of a shocking attack on seniors,” said Greg Walden.

Can you guess which party he belongs to?

I was talking to a friend of mine in his 70’s who said he was angry at the president: a president he voted for twice. It’s because of Social Security.

The president’s new budget would change in the way Social Security is indexed for inflation so payments would still go up, just not as much. It’s a concession to House Speaker John Boehner, who as recently as three weeks ago said, “We need to put the entitlement programs on a sustainable path.”

But on Wednesday, Representative Greg Walden of Oregon, who is in charge of the 2014 Republican campaign, the man whose job it is to make sure John Boehner is re-elected speaker, went on CNN to criticize the president’s Social Security reforms.

“You’re trying to balance this budget on the backs of seniors and I just think it’s not the right way to go,” Walden told CNN.

That was a Republican saying Social Security should NOT be cut. The comment even surprised fellow Republicans – who have been trying for years to rein in Social Security. Even privatize it.

So what appears to be happening is the president, in his budget, just did as the Speaker of the House requested,
“put the entitlement programs on a ‘sustainable path.'”

And now, the guy running the 2014 Republican campaign is going to use it against him, “his budget really lays out kind of a shocking attack on seniors.”

Who would have thought that with all that Secret Service protection it would be so easy to mug a president?

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Dave Ross

Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.


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