‘Gang of Six’ Acknowledges Solvency of Social Security, but Incorporates it into Deficit

Reduction Plan Anyway

Washington D.C. (July 19, 2011) – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who has consistently pointed out that Social Security is strong and not related to the debt ceiling crisis, today issued the following statement after the so-called ‘Gang of Six’ Senators issued a draft of a plan that would put Social Security on the chopping block.

“The latest bipartisan plan to reduce the deficit says on one hand that it will ‘reform Social Security on a separate track, isolated from deficit reduction.’ On the other hand if ‘Social Security reform’ gets sixty votes in the Senate, then it would be combined into a single bill with the deficit reduction plan. If the Social Security bill does not get 60 votes the deficit reduction bill is ‘vitiated’ or made invalid.

“So an undefined Social Security ‘reform’ starts out on a separate track, joins the track of the deficit reduction bill, which lacking 60 votes becomes a train wreck.

“Why are members of Congress and the Administration continuing to mix the ‘75 year solvency’ of Social Security with the deficit, when Social Security, by the report of its own trustees, has enough resources to pay 100% of benefits through 2036, without any changes whatsoever? Who or what is driving this effort to simultaneously insist that Social Security reform is ‘isolated from deficit reduction’ and that deficit reduction depends upon Social Security reform?”


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Robindell 8 years 17 weeks ago

The thing to do is to contact the senators and House members and complain about this. My congressman is a Democrat. He says in newspaper interview that he is open to raising the retirement age of the program, but he has not made up his mind in any hard and fast way. If they have to change anything, it might be to limit eligibility for Medicare based on income or to have more of a sliding premium scale for Medicare, so that poorer people on Medicare would pay less and richer people would pay more. You have to have organization to be effective, and the conservatives usually better at that than are the Democrats and progressives who often engage in infighting.

duet7 8 years 17 weeks ago


Wednesday, July 20, 2011


When Greed by the rich is evident.

The electorate has been negligent.

When many in government are corrupted.

Democracy and freedom will be interrupted.


In every government on earth

is some trace of human weakness,

some germ of corruption and degeneracy,

which cunning will discover,

and wickedness insensibly open, cultivate and improve.

Every government degenerates

when trusted to the rulers of the people alone.

The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.

And to render even them safe,

their minds must be improved to a certain degree.

This, indeed, is not all that is necessary,

though it be essentially necessary.

THOMAS JEFFERSON, Notes on Virginia

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