It has been long known that Barack Obama had a secret plan to decimate Social Security because of his deep neoliberal hostility to the program. He may have fooled some people with unfathomably complex twenty-billion-dimensional-chess moves like “proposing Social Security cuts attached to conditions Republicans would never accept,” but you could tell he despised the program and wanted it brought down. Finally, the evidence is undeniable:
President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for an expansion of Social Security benefits, saying that the program was more necessary than ever to support an aging population.
Speaking at a high school in Elkhart, Indiana, Obama noted there are some Americans who don’t have retirement savings and those who might not be able to save money because they are unable to pay the bills.
“We can’t afford to weaken Social Security, we should be strengthening Social Security,” Obama said. “And not only do we need to strengthen its long term health, it’s time we finally made Social Security more generous and increased its benefits so today’s retirees and future generations get the dignified retirement that they have earned.”
This just proves the power of presidents Bully Pulpiting the Overton Window. When Bush forcefully came out for Social Security privatization, the Democrats had no choice but to move to the right.