In the last two months, conservatives and centrists have stumbled over themselves to sound tough on the deficit. Sen. Lindsay Grahamthreatened to vote against raising the debt ceiling unless Social Security saw cuts, and likewise, Sen.
For the record, despite my ambivalence toward supermajority requirements for legislation, I have no problem with this liberal push to require a two-thirds majority for cuts to Social Security. Insofar that we have a long-term debt problem, Social Security has little to do with it, and proposed cuts have more to do with furthering the conservative agenda than they do with fixing our finances. Liberals should use every tool they have available to oppose this nakedly ideological tool.