Mar
05

Don’t Mess With Earned Retirement Benefits

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Or with Susie Madrak at C&L:

These jerks just don’t get it. They will get at our earned retirement benefits like Social Security and Medicare over our dead bodies. Because once we don’t have enough to live on when we’re old, and can’t afford go to the doctor when we’re sick, we have nothing left to lose and we’re going to be camped out in the waiting rooms of our local Congress critters, hoping to spread whatever bacteria or virus is in our system.

Please understand: They are just going to keep trying until they catch us with our guard down. Don’t let it happen.

The Hill reports that a small, secret bipartisan legislators from the House and Senate are working to craft a “deficit grand bargain legislation that cuts entitlements and raises new revenue.” Guess who?

The core House group of roughly 10 negotiators is derived from a larger Gang of 100 lawmakers led by Reps. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Health Shuler (D-N.C.), who urged the debt supercommittee to strike a grand bargain last year.

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The talks are so sensitive that some members involved do not yet want to be identified.

Go figure.

Shuler, who is retiring this year, is keen to establish a legacy as a deficit cutter before leaving Congress and he is involved in the drafting effort.

His efforts have the strong support of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who is actively meeting with individual Democrats to try to get them on board with finding a compromise that stabilizes the national debt.

On your back, perhaps?

Legacy? Watch that space.

I’m still waiting for some reporter to ask the GOP’s deficit über-hawk candidates to pledge that they won’t take to America to war against Iraq or anyone else without first raising taxes to pay for it. I’m not holding my breath. Because war is like Jell-O. There’s always room for Jell-O.

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