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Real Talk: CBO Director Tells Democrats Social Security is a Deficit Problem

JustMC Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 4:20 PM
True advocates of freedom and limited-government place the burden of proof on the side that wants to RESTRICT freedom. The question should never be "Why should people be able to do X?" The question should always be "WHAT COMPELLING EVIDENCE IS THERE THAT THE MASSES SHOULD BE FORCED TO USE THEIR COLLECTIVE RESOURCES TO STOP PEOPLE FROM DOING X?" (Hint: try the Jeffersonian test: does the bahavior "break your arm" or "pick your pocket?" If not, it should not be a crime.)
Over the past few years, Democrats have clung to the idea that Social Security is a self-financing program that needs only tweaks to be fixed and, moreover, has not contributed at all to America's current debt and deficit problem. During Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf's testimony to the Senate Budget Committee today, Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon prodded on this point.

"Is it fair to say," Sen. Merkley said, "that Social Security does not contribute to the national debt?"

"I don't think that's right, Senator," Elmendorf responded, before explaining the fiction of the accounting of the Social Security...