February 14, 2013

MICKEY KAUS ON OBAMA’S PLAN FOR MEANS-TESTING MEDICARE: “For a long time this idea was unacceptable to liberals, because (the theory went) it would undermine political support for the program. It’s still unacceptable to some. But not, apparently to Obama. Since House Speaker Boehner has also endorsed means-testing, you’d think it would actually happen, right? . . . The main problem, I suspect, is that it’s too simple and easy and too non-ideological Agreeing on means-testing now would deprive the parties of the opportunity to posture for months against unsustainable entitlements or heartless benefit cuts. The press wouldn’t get to report on those fights, and the cable channels wouldn’t get to use them to stoke ratings. It’s something Obama and Boehner agree on–where’s the drama in that?”