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Durbin: Entitlement Reform is "On the Table," Just Don't Mention Any Specific Ideas

M30 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 12:46 PM
By the way trolls - Kindly elders who count on SS and have paid for their SS retirement all of their adult lives are not the ones draining the system; the drain is from the people who have made it their adult lifes work stealing, by means of fraud, from a system meant to care for our seniors and ensure a quality of life and dignity in retirement. The system is broken as the grifters have found the combination to the safe - like elected officials - who will give them the goodies to keep their vote
T172 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 12:48 PM
Yeah thats not true. Its simply the baby boomers are all retiring, its just a phase we just have to ride it out and it will stabilize.
Swimware Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 12:51 PM
It will not stabilize. It will be bankrupt very soon, unless significant changes are made.
T172 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 12:53 PM
Nah the economy will pick up again and the budget deficit will begin to shrink, taxes will be raised eventually and the age will be 67 and that should be enough to make it solvent until the boomers are, well i hate to say dead, but out of the system.
T172 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 12:54 PM
Eligibility age will be 67***
indy2012 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:00 PM
67 is to low...the average life span is about 78.....people should be allowed to collect until at least 75, and I would probably go as far as going up to 80.....social security is not suppose to be collected by everyone....
T172 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:02 PM
Yeah but you can't work much past 65, so we end up paying for those people anyways.
Swimware Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:07 PM
Probably too high. 70 is probably the best number. Also, it should be means tested.
indy2012 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:09 PM
People can work past 65, quality of life has gone up with expectancy......no one in my family retires, we work until we die or actually cannot work......back with social security was started that was the way it was, no retirement in Florida...you work and then you die, if your lucky you live long enough to relax for a few years and collect social security..... no one should expect to retire at 65 (or 67 as you suggested) and then get a check in the mail for 12-15 years.....people need to just plan better or expect to work longer.....

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