Hartmann: Have Democrats not learned their lesson yet?
Democrats need to take a good, long look in the mirror - because they've forgotten just who the heck they are. Yesterday - the 6 Democrats on the Gang of 12 Super Committee introduced their first proposal - as in their first offer - their starting point heading into negotiations with Republicans over the next month. And in it - they propose cutting $400 billion from Medicare. That's a $400 billion cut from Medicare - the program Democrats created - and fought hard for against Republicans like Ronald Reagan, who even voiced a recording heard by millions of Americans suggesting that Medicare would put us on the road to a Soviet style of socialism. That's a $400 billion cut from Medicare - a program that 78% of Americans want left alone! And that's a $400 billion cut from Medicare that's only going to get worse because - again - this is the first offer on the table from Democrats - so once Republicans start negotiating - then that number is going to get bigger, and bigger, and bigger. Why on earth would Democrats put their second-most prized creation on the table for sacrifice - when everyone knows Republicans aren't going to compromise on raising taxes on millionaires and billionaires no matter what Democrats offer up? Have Democrats not learned their lesson yet?