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djones Wrote: Feb 09, 2013 4:34 PM
Does this mean your are going to give Social Security a pass?
alphathought Wrote: Feb 09, 2013 7:58 PM
Assuming this is an honest question and not a "gotcha," no I am not passing up social security. I would, however, be more than happy to be compensated for the money I paid in that later ended up in the general fund. Unlike the current crop of faked disabilities and late comers, I financed every cent of return I am getting. To me, social security reform means ensuring you only take out what you put in, not what others have put in. Planning ahead is a key element of personal responsibility.

There was a time, not long ago, when both Republicans and Democrats agreed that something had to be done about entitlement spending — especially spending on the elderly. But no longer.

Although he promised in his first run for the presidency to reform Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Barack Obama seems increasingly unwilling to do any of that now.

• The leftwing of the Democratic Party seems increasingly shrill in its insistence that there is no need for any fundamental reform of entitlement spending.

• Even in the left-of-center think tanks and on the liberal blogs, one finds...