As negotiations over raising the federal debt ceiling, cutting the budget and increasing taxes comes down to the wire, President Barack Obama thinks he might have to stiff social security recipients and veterans. He said in an interview:
"I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue," Obama said, according to excerpts of the interview released in advance of its broadcast.
"Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it," Obama said. He said veterans checks and disability benefits could also be affected without a deal.
As a senior who gets a social security check and a veteran who gets no benefits, my response to the president: This crap might work with some people, but not with me. It's a laughable ploy.
The truth is, if the White House, Democrats and Republicans don't get serious about deficit and debt reduction as well as tax reform--while the iron is hot--(see my earlier remarks) it's not the seniors and veterans that get screwed as much as it is future generations.