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

Resist, We Much!!! Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:07 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." Fact: There were 159.4 workers for each Social Security recipient in 1940. Fact: There were 16.5 workers for each Social Security recipient in 1950. Fact: There were 5.1 workers for each Social Security recipient in 1960. Fact: There were 3.7 workers for each Social Security recipient in 1970. Fact: There were 3.2 workers for each Social Security recipient in 1980. Fact: There were 3.4 workers for each Social Security recipient in 1990. Fact: There were 3.4 workers for each Social Security recipient in 2000. Fact: There were 3.3 workers for each Social Security recipient in 2005.
Resist, We Much!!! Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 1:09 PM
Fact: There were only 1.75 full-time private-sector workers in the United States in 2011 for each person receiving benefits from Social Security, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Social Security board of trustees.

Fact: Social Security entered permanent deficit mode in 2010 and the CBO reported that Social Security will effectively run a $45-billion deficit in 2011 and continue to run deficits totaling $547 billion over the coming decade.

Between 2010 and 2019, 10,000 Americans will become eligible for Social Security and Medicare EVERY SINGLE DAY.

You will invariably hear over the coming weeks that our politics are broken because these damned Republicans refuse to compromise on anything.  This narrative, to put it bluntly, is a lie.  John Boehner reportedly offered hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenues during debt deal negotiations last summer (only to have Obama pull the rug out from under him), as did the GOP contingent on the 'Super Committee.'  Democrats shut down that plan, too, then refused to offer a single unified counter-proposal.  Sensing that they've backed their opponents into a corner in this dispute, liberals are aggressively...