That’s what those of you intending to vote Republican are going for, right? HERE is an interview with one of your gurus, Rand Paul (R-KY), who wants to do just that. Now, I know you guys have WAY too short of attention spans to read all that, so let me just cut to the operative quote for you:
“Democrats think working with us on Social Security will bring a compromise. They think we want changes to Social Security and we will agree to bring taxes up. This is wrong-headed. We are not jumping up and down to reform entitlements; we want to fix them because they are broken.”
And by “fix them,” he clearly means “cut them,” because, as he says, any notion that Republicans will “agree to bring taxes up” in order to accomplish that is “wrong-headed.”
Now, you guys understand, right, that there are two big “entitlements,” Social Security and Medicare? According to the Washington Post, Paul’s plan would:
“… cut the average Social Security recipient’s benefits by nearly 40 percent, reduce defense spending by nearly $100 billion below a level the Pentagon calls “devastating,” and end the current Medicare program in two years — even for current recipients, according to the Senate Budget Committee staff. It would eliminate the education, energy, housing and commerce departments, decimate homeland security, eviscerate programs for the poor, and give the wealthy a bonanza by reducing tax rates to 17 percent and eliminating taxes on capital gains and dividends.”
Now, I know all of you can take a 40% hit in Social Security. And you do understand, right, that your existing medical insurance reverts to a “Medicare supplemental” policy at age 65, which only covers the 20% that Medicare doesn’t? And, of course, you can live with that when “Medicare is ended in two years,” right? And nobody really cares if Housing, Commerce, Education and Energy are eliminated or whether Defense and Homeland Security are “devastated,” much less whether programs for the poor are “eviscerated” or the rich get even MORE tax cuts, but COME ON – have mercy on those of use who can’t take that 40% SS cut, will ya?
I have only two other comments:
Be damn careful what you wish for. You just might get it.
You don’t always get the government you NEED, but you almost always DO get the government you DESERVE.