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Nov 1, 2011

Social Security On The Table

From Politico:
As a critical deadline for the supercommittee nears, Social Security appears to be on the negotiating table.
In private conversations, and now in public, the idea of changing the social program as part of a deficit-reduction deal is gaining some traction — a move that has been politically unthinkable for years....
In a speech Monday in Louisville, Ky., House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared to raise the stakes on a grand bargain that would include major entitlement changes. ...
Asked specifically about Social Security, [Democratic Senator and Supercommittee Co-Chair Patty] Murray said, “Everything is on the table, and we’ve made no decisions.”

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  • 6 Comments:

    Blogger No Saj said...

    See you all at the OWS rally after this gets passed. Bring your favorite pitchforks and torches.

    1:47 PM, November 01, 2011  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    as one of the government largest line item expenses, of course it's on the table. We are beyond the point of small changes to minor programs...

    2:16 PM, November 01, 2011  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "Everything is on the table, and we’ve made no decisions.”


    Does that include their government salaries or government salaries in general?

    These are probably mostly rich people advocating for corporate america who are considering reducing SSA benefits or services for the public .

    Surprise,Surprise!

    2:38 PM, November 01, 2011  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    As long as the GOP is unwilling to accept any tax increases under any circumstances, I see no chance of a deal. The only thing the GOP likes more than the idea of gutting Social Security is tax cuts. Why would the Dems give up their favorite issue if the GOP is unwilling to yield on anything? Now if we see a President Romney in 2013, all bets are off.

    3:14 PM, November 01, 2011  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That thumping sound you heard was the Democrats throwing Social Security under the Obama bus.

    4:46 PM, November 01, 2011  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Simple, go back to LBJ days and take the SSA tax/fund out of the "unified" U.S. Budget. It was only added for political reason to make the figures look better and cover the expenditures for the Great Society and the VN war. Traditionally, SSA funds had not been included in the accounting of the US National Budget.

    5:39 PM, November 02, 2011  

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