They’re Not Serious, Part Oh God I’ve Lost Count

What 800lb gorilla in the room? Congress doesn’t see no steenkeen Gorilla

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is putting off changes to Social Security, but the massive retirement and disability program still faces long-term financial problems from an aging population and an economy that has been slow to rebound.

Those problems are getting new attention Friday as the trustees who oversee Social Security and Medicare release their annual reports on the programs’ finances.

We have to cut back on these programs. We have to start now.

Promises made on pie-in-the-sky revenue projections can not be kept. Sorry, life sometimes sucks.

But our budget should not be a suicide pact.

5 Responses to “They’re Not Serious, Part Oh God I’ve Lost Count”

  1. Rob says:

    Touching SS in any meaningful way that reduces benefits is a political death sentence. Better look for your spending cuts elsewhere. No one is going near SS. It’s just not going to happen.

  2. Kathy Kinsley says:

    What Rob said, with caveats. FUTURE SS can be touched. What’s right now, no. We promised, and if we renege, it’s gonna be DEM till the country dies.

  3. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Raise retirement… that can be done (despite the screams. And I’d make it 75 – not, (oh gee, 68 or 70). Raise the max income for SS withholding to MAX.

    And for something that would really chance the whole scenario, mandate that ALL federal government pensions be SS. (OK, allow IRAs and 401k’s – just to be fair.)

  4. Kathy Kinsley says:

    chance=change… I swear my fingers do the walking while my mind goes south…

  5. Rob says:

    That’s one sure way to get the young people out to vote, Kathy. Raise their retirement age by almost 10 years. It was raised by 18 months on me. It was a relatively safe thing to do at the time … before the internet and the 24 hour news cycle. Who wants to wake that sleeping giant?

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