Liberals in the Senate Won’t Budge on Entitlement Reform

National Journal reports that Senate Democrats and President Obama “are driving a hard bargain” with regard to entitlement reform.  Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) specifically said, “[Senator Reid is] not bringing entitlements to the table.”

This is problematic, and the sad reality is that the left is dedicated to breeding an ever-expanding welfare state in this country.

A quick look at the numbers shows that they’ve been wildly successful on this front. Roughly 100 million people — one third of the U.S. population — receive aid from at least one of the means-tested welfare programs each month.

Without serious reform, the near future looks even grimmer.  Heritage explains that entitlement spending will devour all federal tax revenues in this country by 2048.  We’d just love for the liberals who’ve been elected in the Senate explain to us how that’s not worth confronting head on! Although President Obama promised “substantive changes” to Medicare and other entitlements, he has not put forth a coherent plan and his allies in Congress and in the labor movement have warned him against putting anything of substance on the table.

Another interesting little nugget is that, astoundingly, “If converted to cash, means-tested welfare spending is more than five times the amount needed to eliminate all poverty in the United States.”  Yet President Obama and his liberal friends in Congress want to spend $12.7 trillion on means-tested welfare over the next decade.

When it comes to compromise, the left’s message to conservatives is, “Just do it.”  We have a Democrat in the White House and a Democrat majority in the Senate, so apparently Republicans should just back down on entitlements and taxes and abandon their principles.  The liberals’ grand idea of how to stimulate our economy and create jobs is to increase tax revenue by a whopping $1.6 trillion.  Yet, they remain resistant to entitlement reform.

So much for the President’s message of compromise.

If we are to right this ship, conservatives have to get off the ropes.  And that’s the good news.  Real conservatives don’t abandon their core principles when the going gets rough.  (And yes, $16 trillion of debt is rough).

What liberals don’t care to acknowledge, though, is that principles are meant to endure.  We are not going to stand by and watch as entitlement spending grows, the left’s demand for increased revenue gets louder, and our country gets crushed by our massive debt and deficits.

Conservatives have offered alternatives to this taxing and spending insanity, too.  Heritage has the Saving the American Dream plan, which would “drive down federal spending and balance the budget while fixing entitlement programs and maintaining a strong national defense, with tax reform but without a tax hike.”

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