WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama raised anew the issue of cutting entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security as a way out of damaging budget cuts, a White House official said on Sunday, as both sides in Washington tried to limit a fiscal crisis that may soon hit millions of Americans. Signaling he might be ready to explore a compromise to end automatic spending cuts that began late Friday, Obama mentioned reforming these entitlement programs in calls with lawmakers from both parties on Saturday afternoon. "He´s reaching out to Democrats who understand
How about the goverment give up fancy offices and hefty retirement money for one or two terms. How about all of them - with a few exceptions becoming millionaires while in office. Term limits, no retirement pay and regular offices, not palaces. They have been using the SS money for years instead of it being banked.
Barack Obama is scheming to cut the Social Security of people who have savings and 401k plans and other retirement plans. This has been a goal all along and Republicans are about to get trapped and sand-bagged yet again!!
#5, you are correct. Social Security is NOT an entitlement. Every paycheck we earned had money confiscated from it regardless of whether or not we wanted to participate. Employers were forced to match it.
I am all for cutting EBT, obama phones and all the rest, but those that think just cutting these things will fix the budget are the real clueless ones. Medicaid, medicare and social security are unsustainable as they are right now. There is no way around it. They need to increase revenue to these programs or cut them drastically. Any other budget cuts are just nibbling around the edges.....
#13, for starters, they might either re-init SS to be only for those who pay in and retire - nothing else, or give us all our money back that they stole at gunpoint over the years. And lose mediscare and mediscam - or quit forcing us to join it. Don´t libtards always scream about having ´freedom of choice´? Well neither of these programs offer any choice. Of course, if they obeyed the constitution we wouldn´t be in this mess because they wouldn´t be stealing our money and wasting it buying votes.
From Merriam-Webster, definition of entitlement: 1a: the state or condition of being entitled : right 1b: a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract 2: a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group; also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program 3: belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges
#5 and #12, which part of this do you not get in regard to entitlement status? It´s exactly what SS is. The government argued before the courts in the 1930s that it is a federal benefit program, and nothing has changed. The fact that all of us were forced for decades via taxation to send part of our earnings to this Ponzi scheme does not change its basic nature.
#13 hits the ten ring by addressing the problem. It´s repugnant that the government threw the money away, but the fact is, the money is gone and cannot be recovered, and we need to address what is in front of us. The system is broke and requires a fix, as do all bloated government programs. If Zero wants to cut social safety nets, he should start with every refundable tax credit, but all must be addressed.
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get er done, 3/4/2013 12:25:23 AM (No. 9206742)
Let´s call all "welfare" programs what they are -- the enslavement of the taxpayer to the layabouts to subsidize their irresponsible breeding, their education, their free meals, their cell phones, their school lunch programs, their mortgages, for starters.
"Entitlements" are paid to those who paid into those programs for decades, who are indeed entitled to them.
You don´t need to cut anything.All you have to do is pass a law with a mandatory minimum sentence on people who systematically steal from social programs,especially doctors who over charge on medicare and medicaid. It shouldn´t take a brain surgeon to spot some doctor claiming to see a hundred patients a day.Melendez´s doctor buddy is a perfect example.You have welfare people who stage robberies in order to get their food stamp cards refreshed up to 3 times a year.
You have illegal aliens claiming nephews back in Mexico as a dependent to jack up their earned income checks.Identity thieves have their refund checks routed to a Nigerian bank and no eyebrows are raised.The bosses simply say refer these cases to the criminal division of the IRS who has over 300,000 cases on backlog.But if you try to escape Obamacare these people will track you down in a heartbeat.Just about all government agencies have been co-opted by the left who protect their base voters from criminal charges.
The whole idea that you can continue to collect welfare benefits while working,then cash in on earned income is absurd.This is allowed to go on in a form of social justice.
If the dems believe SS is an entitlement why are they dead set against privatizing it? We need Repubs to bring this issue up and start pointing out all programs that don´t do anything to help the productive workers in America.
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