Liberals: We’ll vote down fiscal panel if it hits Social Security……

I told ya so….

NOBODY  is gonna touch Social Security….

Period….

Nadda….

Nope….

Not gonna happen….

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Congressional liberals threatened to vote down whatever results from President Obama’s fiscal commission if it contains a plan to change Social Security.

Liberal members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses said they would look to defeat the fiscal commission’s final proposal if it calls for cutting Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age, or privatizing any part of the entitlement program.

“[D]o not send Congress a plan that cuts Social Security benefits, raise the retirement age, or privatizes Social Security,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) warned Thursday on a conference call. “If you do, we’ll vote it down.”

The bipartisan commission Obama created by executive order is set to make its proposal to address the nation’s looming debt crisis at the end of the year. House and Senate leaders have pledged to allow a vote on the entirety of the recommendations, which would come during a lame-duck session of Congress.

But both Republicans and Democrats have already been jockeying over the commission’s final possible outcomes. GOP leaders have railed against the prospect of any new taxes, and Democrats have led the push to leave Social Security unchanged. “This isn’t just a political exercise,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who argued that working class citizens couldn’t reasonably survive an older retirement age.

“This is something that I hope the Obama administration will join with us,” added Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the House Judiciary Committee chairman. “I think that that commission with all due respect to all of them should keep their paws off this subject matter.”

The push also comes against the backdrop of November’s looming elections. Democrats have accused Republicans of wanting to privatize Social Security…..

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I make this point again….

If the GOP gets the House ….

They will have to bargin with their own factions and the Democrats…. who will have the Senate…

BOTH  parties are gonna have to dance to get anything passed…

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4 thoughts on “Liberals: We’ll vote down fiscal panel if it hits Social Security……”

  1. I’m not really a big fan of cutting social security, although I may be able to support smaller increases in inflationary adjustments. Increasing the retirement age doesn’t make much sense to me. people can’t handle most jobs by their mid 60’s as it is.

    1. correct Zreebs….

      the problem is ..the sysytem is solvent until at least 2037..NO MATTER WHAT……..

      If the Economy gets better and more people pay into the system things get pushed back…..

      Finally, all of the baby boomers from the 1950’s are up for their benefits in a short few years….
      And they expect to get their benefits and not have them postphoned….
      I would image this issue would be toxic politically…

  2. You could remove the cap on contributions which is now about $150,000 and make the rich pay more. You could phase in a increase in the retirement age over time, it doesn’t need to happen right now.

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