"Everything is Off The Table"
According to Ezra Klein, before the Deficit Commission died in the Senate, a 97-0 vote backed an amendment from Max Baucus that would guarantee that the Commission couldn’t touch Social Security. RNC Chairman Michael Steel has made “protecting Medicare” from cuts a core plank of the GOP. And of course Republicans don’t want to raise taxes or cut defense spending either. But they think the deficit is too high. There’s kind of a problem here.