The criticism is remarkable because it comes just days after the offices of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attacked President Barack Obama for backing away from Social Security cuts (a policy known as Chained CPI) that he proposed in his budget last year. Republican leaders have been pushing -- privately more than publicly -- for years to scale back Social Security and Medicare.
"This reaffirms what has become all too apparent: the president has no interest in doing anything, even modest, to address our looming debt crisis," Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Boehner, said last week. "The one and only idea the president has to offer is even more job-destroying tax hikes, and that non-starter won’t do anything to save the entitlement programs that are critical to so many Americans. With three years left in office, it seems the president is already throwing in the towel."
Prill didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.