Is President Obama Punting on Entitlement Reform?

The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, September 20, 2011

“Obama Ties Benefit Cuts to New Taxes”, by Carol E. Lee and Naftali Bendavid

“President Barack Obama threatened Monday to veto any bill that cuts Medicare benefits without increasing taxes on corporations or the wealthy,…

Republican leaders said that Mr. Obama’s inclusion of $1.5 trillion in tax increases in his deficit reduction plan was a bad idea both politically and economically.  ‘Veto threats, a massive tax hike, phantom savings and punting on entitlement reform is not a recipe for economic or job growth or even meaningful deficit reduction,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.).”

…”punting on entitlement reform…”   uses a metaphor from football.  When one punts one kicks the ball down the field to the opposing team, in this case from the President to Congress and the Republican Party.  However, one could say deficit reform, tax reform, entitlement changes are being kicked down the field.

Go to and click on “football”  and/or “punt”.



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