Shorter Michael Gerson: “I am outraged that Barack Obama would suggest that Republicans support any of the consequences of the long-held policies of the Republican Party.”
…see also. As for Gerson’s assertion that Obama is building a “strawman” when he notes that Republicans “believe that Medicare and Social Security “sap our initiative,” and they see this as “a nation of takers,”” I happen to have the 2012 vice presidential candidate of the Republican Party and its most influential policy voice right here:
Right now, according to the Tax Foundation, between 60 and 70 percent of Americans get more benefits from the government than they pay back in taxes. So, we’re getting towards a society where we have a net majority of takers versus makers.
Again, apologies for using the dirtiest trick in politics by quoting a Republican public official verbatim. Yet more here.