Her reaction to the Bowles-Simpson proposal for reducing the deficit:
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the targeting of Social Security and Medicare “simply unacceptable,”
If entitlements are still, even at this point, somehow held as sacred and untouchable, there's clearly a disconnect from reality.
Opposing the tax increases proposed by the plan makes a bit more sense - it's about opposing an attempt by government to compel other people to fix its problems using their dollars. It's more in line with a notion of solving the deficit and debt problems by shifting responsibility back to individuals. And it's certainly easier to defend; the entitlement mentality is far more corrosive to our national character.
Still, I'm very glad to see an "adult conversation" started on the difficult choices and measures that need to be on the table if we are going to move in a fiscally sustainable direction. Paul Ryan and friends rightly labeled the proposal "provocative" yesterday (Talking Points Memo, in listing provisions, observed that "Their recommendations are more or less a list of the third-rail issues of American politics").
But it really shouldn't be provocative. Government should be talking about these things in frank terms every day.
The Heritage Foundation's blog provides a nice breakdown of a number of the key provisions.
Here's a link to the text of the Bowles-Simpson proposal.