Reports that President Obama could discuss with Republicans the idea of cuts to Social Security and Medicare is picking up praise from a source that doesn't usually have anything good to say about the President: Rep. Allen West (R-FL).
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In fact, this is coming from a man whose military career ended after a torture-related incident, who has called Obama a "low-level socialist agitator", and who has said that Medicare will destroy America: "I gotta tell you something: if you support Medicare the way it is now, you can kiss the United States of America goodbye."
Of course, West also opposes increasing taxes as part of a budget deal, though he did signal some willingness to close loopholes: "Our tax code needs to be used to provide economic growth and create jobs. It cannot be used to punish individuals and small businesses that create jobs. With Florida's unemployment rate more than 9 percent, we just cannot exacerbate the situation with counterproductive tax policies."