Congress should combine a generous Savers Credit with a progressive plan to eliminate the long-term deficit of Social Security. This may be the most politically feasible way to make a big dent in the long-term federal deficit.
My first message to our elected officials is to quit using our money and time to demonize gay people and get on with the important work of building effective service delivery systems for our people who need help.
Charles Krauthammer wants you to know two things: There's no "lockbox" for Social Security and there's no such thing as a free lunch. He's wrong about Social Security, but first things first: Let's do lunch.
People who want to cut Social Security benefits to lower future budget deficits are "reasonable" and "serious." People who oppose balancing the budget on the back of Social Security recipients, on the other hand, are "maddening," "crackpot," and "strident."
Former Bush policy advisor Michael Gerson echoes a growing chorus of conservative pundits in offering up "Social Security reform" as "the answer to Obama's problems." The advice is illogical on its face.
Widespread claims that Social Security can't pay its bills, or that the trust fund will be depleted by the time today's children are ready to collect their benefits, are false. To the contrary, it's one of the most successful social programs of all time.
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