Van Jones on Obama’s Budget: ‘Mr. President, This is Not Change We Can Believe In’

By Penny Starr | April 15, 2013 | 12:53 PM EDT

Van Jones, left-wing activist and former Obama administration official. (AP Photo.)

( – Van Jones, former green jobs czar for President Barack Obama, wrote in a commentary published on CNN’s website on Thursday that the president’s budget does not provide the kind of change he promised as a candidate.

“Bad ideas from a great president are still bad ideas,” Van Jones wrote. “Everyone who pulled the lever for Obama in November should call the White House today, and say simply, ‘Mr. President, this is not change we can believe in.’”

The “bad idea” Jones is referring to is changing the way inflation is calculated from the Standard Price Index to the Chained Price Index, which would translate into a slower rate of increase in Social Security payments.

“Democrats spend so much time defending President Obama, it is easy to forget that even the most beloved presidents make mistakes and missteps,” Van Jones wrote. “His new budget, which proposes a method of calculating inflation that will reduce increases in Social Security payments is a doozy.”

“Switching to the chained CPI, which will reduce deficits and improve Social Security solvency, has been proposed in almost every major bipartisan deficit reduction plan put forward over the past several years, including the Bowles-Simpson Fiscal Commission plan, the Bipartisan ‘Gang of Six’ plan, and the Domenici-Rivlin Bipartisan Policy Center plan,” the president’s budget states.

Jones, however, argues that much of Obama’s political base that helped elect and reelect him is opposed to this part of the president’s budget, including labor unions and the “nonpartisan AARP.”