Social Security Reform, or put grandpa back to work
August 2, 2006
House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has made it clear Social Security reform is next on his list for legislative action. Washington Times article
“In 1990 when I first ran for Congress, I talked about the need to reform these big entitlement programs because the sooner we began the process, the easier it would be to make the necessary changes so that these programs were sustainable for the long term.
Here it is 16 years later and while we’ve done some things on Medicare of the market reforms in the prescription-drug bill will pay big dividends — we as a nation need to step up to this tsunami that’s racing right at us and deal with it.
I talked to the president about it because I threw cold water on his commission idea. You know, typically, when politicians don’t want to deal with something, they create commissions. I have had serious conversations with the Senate about a joint select committee — made up of the chairs and subcommittee chairs and maybe a few other interested — members to deal with this. Democrats didn’t want to participate.
If I’m around in a leadership role come January, we’re going to get serious about this.”
According to Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Pres. Bush’s privitization plans would sharply cut guaranteed benefits – especially for medium earners. An AP poll conducted this spring showed 60% of Americans don’t like the way Bush is handling this issue. Click for the polling data.
Nevertheless, Bush, Boehner and the Neo-con conservatives are going to plow ahead with their plan. If you have to make cuts – look at other U.S. handouts – farm subsidies, oil industry incentives. Abolish Homeland Security – move its functions back to Justice and Interior. Abolish the Dept of Education – something Reagan wanted to do in the 1980s.