Let the Lobbying Begin

I mentioned this morning that the president’s budget, to be released on April 10, will likely be the occasion for major public campaigns from various directions focused on whatever, if anything, it includes on the toxic subject of “entitlement reform.” Not being a Wall Street Journal subscriber, I missed today’s news story there today reporting internal White House discussions on this subject. But at Crooks & Liars, Susie Madrak has raised the alarm and called on progressives to let Obama know this isn’t acceptable.

Interestingly, Madrak places more emphasis on the tiny concessions Republicans are, at the very best, willing to make in exchange for “entitlement reform,” rather than the inherent inviolability of Social Security and Medicare. But it’s unclear whether that will be the prevailing progressive line as April 10 approaches.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.