In Media Coverage, Deficit Eclipses Unemployment
Major newspapers shift focus from unemployment to the deficit, National Journal analysis shows.
Updated: May 16, 2011 | 6:05 p.m.By Clifford Marks
May 16, 2011 | 3:06 p.m.
Quote of the Day'Weak economic growth and lackluster job creation arethe overwhelming reasons why finances for SocialSecurity and Medicare worsened this year. We canexpect Republicans to jump on these numbers to justifytheir proposals to gut Medicare and cut Social Securitybenefits, but their reckless and unpopular proposalswill do nothing to create jobs or jump start theeconomy. We know the Medicare Trust Fund is still inbetter shape than it was before health reform waspassed. And absent any changes, the Social SecurityTrust Fund can still pay full benefits for the next 25years. We can all agree that we must do more to makeour entire health care system-not just Medicare andMedicaid-more cost-effective, but shifting more healthcare costs onto working families does not accomplishthat goal. Creating good jobs is the key to rebuildingthe economy and in turn the key to improving the longterm financial health of Social Security, Medicare andour entire safety net.'AFL-CIO President Richard TrumkaMay 13, 2011http://tinyurl.com/3ge4a6h