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Response to Hoyt (Reply #42)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:14 PM

48. "and I'm assuming it works out like this" Nope,

more evidence that this is a fishing expedition by the right, an attempt to elicit exactly the kind of response you're offering.

That change would save about $225 billion over the next decade, about two-thirds of it through smaller cost-of-living increases for Social Security beneficiaries. Obama tentatively embraced the change in budget negotiations with Boehner in the summer of 2011. Since then, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and many other Democrats have rejected the proposal, insisting that the solvency of Social Security be addressed separately from the year-end negotiations.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-boehner-meet-as-debt-talks-intensify/2012/12/17/6b43c24a-4868-11e2-b6f0-e851e741d196_story.html

That is absolute bullshit. Social Security was never on the table. The rumor was that Medicare age increase was floated, but now WaPo is attempting a new evolution of that rumor.

Still, senior Democratic aides said they could probably muster the votes for the change if it was not applied to disability payments, known as SSI, and if very old seniors were protected through a bump-up in benefits at age 85.

WTF? When did this become the Social Security negotiations?

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