Social Security Reform, or put grandpa back to work

August 2, 2006

newspaperHouse 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.

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2 Responses to “Social Security Reform, or put grandpa back to work”

  1. WanderingHoo Says:

    This is the same crowd that crowed about tying an estate tax reduction to the minimum wage bill. The poorest of the poor get another 40 bucks a week while the richest of the rich get richer still.

    These people are not about reforming or improving government. They are all about destroying it. Would any company hire employees who are openly advocating the shut down of the company? Yet every two years we send a bunch of people to Washington DC for that very reason.

    odd

  2. Lilyana Says:

    The Social Security Reform Plan the Politicians in Washington want to impose on all of us is GENOCIDAL… a total HOLOCAUST! worst than any war!!! Millions and millions of Americans will die. May God protect our sons and their sons from this evil plan if it is ever approved.

    Every worker should stand up and vote NO to this machiavelic plan. Healthcare costs as all other living costs will soar and many people will even have to sell their homes, or get second mortgages to try to pay for medical expenses, because otherwise, they would irremedially die; not to mention that many of these Americans will not have the ability to pay back these loans if they get really sick and cannot go back to work.

    We all know that bank loans will not solve any of our healthcare problems, nor any other problem… it will just worthen everybodys financial and economic problems. Bankruptcies will be the talk of every town. Banks will get richer… and many Americans dreams will be converted into big nightmares. I only hope and trust that this nation will be intelligent enough to STOP THIS IRRESPONSIBLE AND STUPID PLAN… LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD AND CONSIDERED AS THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.

    Hope this “destruction plan” never happens, but if it is passed, the destruction of more than 60% of our society components (mostly senior citizens and handicapped persons)… their death is inminent.

    Instead of destroying Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid… we should be looking for the ways to make them stronger and infinite. WE THE PEOPLE DESERVE IT. It is ABOUT TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WE ELECT FOR OFFICE, TO ACT ON OUR BEHALF, START WORKING FOR WE THE PEOPLE AND NOT FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT. OUR GOVERNMENT IS THERE TO IMPROVE EXISTING PROGRAMS AND PLANS. THEY SHOULD BE IMPOSING HEAVIER TAXES ON EVERY HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS (INSURANCE COMPANIES, BIG PHARMACEUTICAL TYCOONS, THE HUGE AND RICH OIL COMPANIES AND OTHER COMPANIES WHO ARE THE HIGHEST CONTAMINANTS OF OUR NATURAL AND WORKING ENVIRONMENTS) TO HELP SUSTAIN THE SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM… We all know that many of these corporations are fully responsible for causing the contaminations that causes a great number of chronic and deadly diseases… as cancer.

    WE, THE PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO FIGHT FOR OUR WELLBEING AND HEALTH. WE WORK HARD ALL OUR LIVES AND WITHOUT FAIL HAVE MADE OUR MULTI-BILLION DOLLARS CONTRIBUTIONS TO SUSTAIN THIS PLAN FOR OVER SIX DECADES. NOW THAT WE ARE OLD, AND SICK… I THINK WE DESERVE TO ENJOY SOME BENEFITS, THAT WILL MAKE OUR LAST YEARS ON EARTH A LITTLE BIT EASIER TO COPE WITH, SPECIALLY WHEN WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO LIVE ON.

    With God’s help… WE, THE PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL!

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