Von at Obsidian Wings seconds Clive Crook on Obama's apparent indifference to long-term deficits. After advocating means-testing Social Security, he writes:
President Bush was an irresponsible captain of our financial ship. That's one reason why I didn't vote for him in 2004. But it's no excuse for President Obama to be more irresponsible. Two wrongs still do not make a right, even under President Obama. Obama's budgets have consistent structural deficits and a growing debt that exceeds even Bush's excesses. They are not sustainable. If President Obama wants to lead on this issue -- if he truly wants to be change worthy of belief -- he needs to level with the American people: you cannot have a puppy and a pony and a showdog too unless you are going to pay for it.