Politico: Tough Love: Why Democrats Must Cut Entitlements
Democrats nurtured entitlements, which provided a bedrock of security for Americans. But we never said no to entitlement expansion or benefit increases. We haven't supplied enough discipline, and they are out of control. Conversely, we've ignored the New Frontier investment programs, bragging about them but meting out only subsistence rations. They're now stunted and need higher rations. We have one more chance. The fiscal cliff was designed to force tough choices. For Republicans, those tough choices are about taxes. For Democrats, it must be about entitlements. We have defended them to the hilt. We have made their success our legacy. But they are eating us out of house and home (Gabriel Horowitz and David Kendall, 8/9).
The Washington Post: The Case Against Reelection
Obama's ideology -; and the program that followed -; explains the failure of these four years. ... (Among the examples, Obama's) radical reform of health care that would reduce its ruinously accelerating cost: "Put simply," he said, "our health-care problem is our deficit problem" -; a financial hemorrhage drowning us in debt. Except that Obamacare adds to spending. The Congressional Budget Office reports that Obamacare will incur $1.68 trillion of new expenditures in its first decade. To say nothing of the price of the uncertainty introduced by an impossibly complex remaking of one-sixth of the economy -; discouraging hiring and expansion as trillions of investable private-sector dollars remain sidelined (Charles Krauthammer, 8/9).
The Wall Street Journal: A Nation That Believes Nothing
The pro-Obama Super PAC ad that essentially blames Mitt Romney for a woman's death from cancer is over the line, and if it's allowed to stand the personal attacks that have marked the presidential campaign will probably get worse. If the president rebukes the PAC and renounces the ad-;and he should, and he'd look better doing it than not doing it-;then we'll all know there's an ethical floor below which things can't sink (Peggy Noonan, 8/10).
Christian Science Monitor: Health Care Reform: Has Team Romney Embraced The Individual Mandate?
Has Team Romney endorsed the individual mandate, the central pillar of President Obama's health-care law that the GOP otherwise loves to hate? A Romney official seemed to indicate that Wednesday. Commenting on the harsh ad just released by a pro-Obama "super PAC," in which an ex-steelworker basically blames Bain Capital for his uninsured wife's death, spokeswoman Andrea Saul told Fox News that "if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney's health-care plan, they would have had health care" (Peter Grier, 8/9).
The Wall Street Journal: The Ryan Express
The Romney camp has not-so-discreetly floated the trial balloon (that Rep. Paul Ryan may be the vice presidential pick) in recent days to prominent conservative leaders to get instant feedback. Most conservatives I caught up with in recent days were enthusiastic about a Ryan veep nomination. ... One big reservation for the Romney team is that putting Mr. Ryan on the ticket further exposes Mr. Romney to the Mediscare campaign that the Obama team is dying to roll out in the fall (Stephen Moore, 8/9).