Intrepid reporter Liz Sedoti must be auditioning for the Cons’ Opposite Day Award:
In an AP piece today, she made the following seemingly alarming assertion about Obama’s alleged stance on Social Security:
He said he would reinstitute a pay-as-you-go rule that calls for spending reductions to match increases and would shun what he said were the past few years’ “casual dishonesty of hiding irresponsible spending with clever accounting tricks.” He called the long-term solvency of Social Security “the single most pressing fiscal challenge we face by far” and said reforming health care, including burgeoning entitlement programs, was a huge priority.
Well, not exactly.
In fact, not at ALL, because this is what Obama ACTUALLY said today:
Now, I want to be very clear: While we are making important progress towards fiscal responsibility this year in this budget, this is just the beginning. In the coming years, we’ll be forced to make more tough choices and do much more to address our long-term challenges, from the rising cost of health care that Peter described, which is the single most pressing fiscal challenge we face by far, to the long-term solvency of Social Security.
Hey, Liz? Got a message for you and the fact-checkers at the AP: