For this White House, “moving the goal posts” has become quite a common practice.
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said over the weekend that the president was “moving the goal posts” in his campaign to replace his sequester with even higher taxes. “That was not the deal he made,” Woodward writes. And claiming otherwise is a “classic case of distortion and confusion.”
It’s been well-documented (By the Washington Post, Woodward and others) that the White House moved the goal posts on revenue in July 2011, blowing up a potential deficit reduction agreement by demanding an additional $400 billion in tax revenue as the nation was about to hit its debt limit.
Now, more information is surfacing about how the White House has moved the goal posts on entitlement reform. As The Hill notes this morning, the White House has taken off the table proposals they had once offered and agreed to put in place in 2011:
“In his responses to [Sen. Orrin] Hatch, Lew made clear that the White House does not support raising the eligibility age for Medicare — a proposal Obama had supported in 2011 deficit talks with House Speaker John Boehner. …
“Lew also reiterated the administration's opposition to proposed Medicaid savings that it had previously endorsed.”
The White House can move the goal posts all it wants in its quest for higher taxes, but it doesn’t change the fact that spending is the problem. The president’s “endless campaign” has left him “virtually absent” from the legislative process, including the sequester he is responsible for.
Republicans have passed two bills to replace the president’s sequester with smarter cuts and reforms. The House first passed its sequester replacement bill in May 2012 and then again last December. President Obama’s Senate hasn’t passed a thing. If the president were serious about replacing his sequester, he’d cancel his campaign events this week and devote his schedule to pressing his Democratic-controlled Senate to finally pass something.