Thursday, July 14, 2011
Mark Twain once said: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
The same can be said of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The former Speaker of the House still wields influence in her new role after Republicans eked a majority in the 2010 midterm elections.
Pelosi issued an ultimatum to President Obama that House Democrats will not vote for any reductions to current or future Medicare or Social Security benefits. Not even a tiny tweak to the cost-of-living index to restrain benefit growth will be tolerated.
Sellout Obama has said that he’s open to cuts in America’s social safety net programs as he caves in to Republican and Tea Party demands.
After being marginalized in Washington as largely irrelevant following the Democrats’ loss of the House in the midterms, Pelosi still controls the precious Democratic votes Obama needs for a deal that would prevent a U.S. default.
Pelosi made her position clear: “no benefit cuts in Medicare or Social Security” and emphasized that she has made that position known with “full clarity” to the Obama White House.