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Illinoisans Detest President Obama’s Chained CPI Budget Proposal

Posted on 04/5/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

PoliticsIf Chained CPI is included in the President’s budget proposal, as is being reported today, President Obama is laying out a clear marker that he is willing to cut Social Security and other benefits to balance the budget, which breaks a promise he made when he was elected to office.  On September 6, 2008, Senator Barack Obama told AARP members: “John McCain’s campaign has suggested that the best answer for the growing pressures on Social Security might be to cut cost of …

Obama Ready to Propose Big Changes in Medicare, Social Security?

Posted on 04/3/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhen President Obama’s budget arrives on Capitol Hill on April 10, lawmakers in the opposition party — in keeping with a time-honored Washington custom — are certain to immediately brand it “Dead on Arrival.” This year, however, Obama’s fellow Democrats may not be far behind. Obama is reportedly ready to propose some big changes in Medicare and Social Security — two programs that Democrats have traditionally gone to the mat to protect. As Salon’s Joan Walsh reports: “White House sources …

Obama’s Charm Offensive: Time-Tested Strategy

Posted on 03/11/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMaybe the most surprising thing about President Obama’s wining and dining of GOP lawmakers is the fact that it’s surprising. Socializing that crossed party boundaries once was the lubricant that greased political compromise in Washington. In recent years, though, lawmakers have been spending much more time back in their home districts, which means they have less time to get to know their colleagues in Washington. And the polarization of politics has led to less two-party partying. Obama drew lots of …

Obama Frames Voting Reform Around 102-Year-Old Hero

Posted on 02/13/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe sheer determination of a 102-year-old Miami woman brought the U.S. government to its feet Tuesday night. In his State of the Union address, President Obama recognized Desiline Victor, a retired farmworker who voted last fall after enduring a wait that would have discouraged most voters. Lawmakers and other Washington VIPs rose to their feet and craned their necks to see Victor, sitting in the back row of the First Lady’s box. “When Desiline arrived at her polling place, she …

Rubio, in GOP Rebuttal, Says Obama Plan ‘Will Hurt Seniors’

Posted on 02/13/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a rising star in the Republican Party, used his platform as the rebuttal speaker to the State of the Union Tuesday to talk about his personal connection to programs like Social Security and Medicare. “Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in,” said Rubio, whose parents came from Cuba. “My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get …

Obama: Don’t Break Promises for Secure Retirement

Posted on 02/12/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Obama told the nation Tuesday that programs aimed at retirement security need reforming but don’t offer the solution to the nation’s deficit woes. In his 2013 State of the Union speech, Obama said across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to go into effect to tackle the deficit are difficult, but cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits instead would be a worse idea. “Yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising cost of health care for an aging population. …