Democrats stiffen spines against trimming benefits

Saturday, November 17, 2012 | 5:23 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's re-election has stiffened Democrats' spines against cutting popular benefit programs such as Medicare and Social Security. Their new resolve could become as big a hurdle to a deal that would skirt crippling tax increases and spending cuts in January as Republicans' resistance to raising tax rates on the wealthy.