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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-05-10 02:38 PM
Response to Reply #183
202. it constitutes right-wing talking points because it is.
1. SS tax rates were deliberately raised in 1983 in order to produce a steadily growing surplus. The talking point was: The boomers can prefund their own benefits & not put a burden on the next generation. These surplus collections = the TF.

2. A 2% increase in SS taxes would cover the entire cost of future benefits -- even under the conservative assumptions of the SS Trustees.

3. However, rescinding the Bush tax cuts on the top 2% would pay off the entire TF, so there's no need to raise SS taxes.

Anything that styles SS as "welfare" or suggests there is a funding problem that requires structural asjustments to the program or benefit reductions = right-wing talking points.
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