Re: “Trim Social Security and Medicare benefits for millionaires.”
Why would that be fair, or even legal?
Can a financially troubled bank or insurance company arbitrarily decide to seize one customer’s money and distribute it to another customer?
They would go to jail if they did.
The GOP is too locked in to the idea of cutting entitlements which in reality are the last things that will be cut but it does make for some great theater for the sheep on both sides of the aisle.
Meanwhile we're spending hundreds of billions on everything from aquariums for Brazil to inner city walking trails that no one in their right mind will walk on any way. They may be drops in the bucket but together there are enough of them to fill a supertanker.
Obviously we need entitlement reform but we've also got to be realistic and smart. Start by cutting things that aren't as politically sensitive so we can actually point to spending cuts then show that the democrats are unwilling to cut anything but politically sensitive military spending.
And finally there is education. We complain about low info democrats but the reality is that there are plenty of low info republicans. They don't know what their own congressman is up to unless it makes national news.
Cuts are being made but they're ineffective because of the way congress works. My congressman asked for a $50 million cut in the endowment for the arts and ended up getting a $20 million cut. $20 million was a start but at the same time the annual increase in funding to the endowment for the arts was raised meaning that they'll be right back at the $125 million level and more within a few years.
We desperately need some Coolidge republicans again.
President Coolidge, 1st Presidential Film (1924)
posted on 02/02/2013 4:08:26 AM PST
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>Re: Trim Social Security and Medicare benefits for >millionaires.
How about limiting lifetime benefits to what individual paid in plus interest. After that they would have to qualify for welfare, or find a job and get fired so they can collect unemployment.
posted on 02/02/2013 6:29:50 AM PST
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