One of the earliest pieces of literature that contributes to the history of Social Security is Time Magazine’s Pie from The Sky, an account of a House Committee hearing called to deal with “reforming” Social Security. The hearing was held four years after passage of the Act and before even a single check was written to old age beneficiaries.
I’ve been waiting in the wings very patiently for the all the uproar to die down before I weighed in on the incredibly stupid 2010 comment made by former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson in which he called me and my fellow senior citizens, “The greediest generation.”
There are legitimate debates about public policy issues. Those discussions do not have to be turned into demonizing the other side as Al Gore stylized regarding Global Warming and Paul Krugman now personifies regarding our massive deficit and debt.
This phony idea that somehow Social Security is “special” or “segregated” just allows the government to pretend that payroll taxes aren’t taxes, but more like a savings account we all pay into and to which we are all entitled.
Lately, it seems Republicans keep trying to brainstorm about how to attract new voters in order to win in 2014 and 2016.
President Obama is hoping to get Democrats and Republicans to compromise on a budget by sending them one they'll both hate instead of one they'll both like.