President Obama and fellow Democrats are keeping up their argument that fiscal conservatives want set to slash entitlements for the country’s “greatest generation” to balance the budget for the country’s greatest generations, despite no apparent plan.
The most recent was Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu who last week acknowledged that entitlement spending on such programs as Medicare has contributed largely to a growing federal budget but continued to argue against steep cuts.
“The greatest generation that gave us the greatest nation the world has ever heard is dying and they need hospice care,” she said Tuesday on the Senate floor. “They need Social Security. They need hospitals. And if they want to cut them go right ahead. I’m going to be a little more gentle.”
Landrieu’s remarks echoed those by President Obama during his inauguration speech.
“We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future,” Obama said to applause. “They do not make us a nation of takers. They free us to take the risks that make this country great.”