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Dick Durbin: Social Security Should Be Off The Fiscal Cliff Table


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Cal
- 793 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
Social Security does not contribute to the federal deficit and should not be a part of ongoing negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday



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Teresa Cowley (272)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 1:01 pm
It seems like this is all pretty much a repeat of what has been going on all along--the Democrats trying to salvage and negotiate, and the repugs trying to lie and steal.
 

Jae A. (321)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 1:29 pm
Now where would the Wall Street profits be in doing so ? That's what I imagine they are thinking...
Ditto to Teresa's comment.
[Eeeeeeeeer ! }
 

Richelle Rausch (43)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 3:44 pm
Social security (SSA & Medicaid) are important to so many people. And those who receive it have paid into it, have worked for it. Politicians don't care because they already have money and total insurance coverage, and will have it the rest of their lives (from tax money). And their billionaire friends, who own the insurance companies, don't think they should have to pay taxes at all. They can afford healthcare all by themselves. Must be nice to be able to go to the doctor when you need to.
 

pam w. (190)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 7:14 pm
Ho, hum! Those Repugs are still at it, aren't they? Good luck to Mr. Durbin....and to ALL of us!
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 5:45 am
What you said Richelle! Can't believe they want to take this from us.
 

Gloria picchetti (301)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 6:08 am
I am proud of our senator from Ilinois, Senator Dick Durbin!
 

Michael Kirkby (89)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 6:14 am
I can't believe I'm saying this but I actually agree with Harry Reid on this? lol
The fiscal cliff is a deliberately engineered attempt to gain more financial control and to bankrupt the middle class thereby creating the two class fiefdom of Lords and their indentured serfs.
 

Cathy P. (96)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 12:53 pm
I am much more liberal than conservative but this is why nothing happens in DC. If you think that people have paid in anywhere near what they take out from SS and Medicare you are not willing to accept reality. SS needs to be changed but not nearly as much as Medicare. We are all going off the cliff if this is not addressed. Means testing, no income cap on payroll taxes and limits on the ridiculous amount that old people seek medical care would be a great start. The vast majority constantly go to the doctor and never get any better. I live in Florida and see it all the time.
Personal responsibility in health status is more than I can hope for but what I think would help more than anything else. Not paying for treatments with little hope of a good outcome. Expanding hopice and changing the mindset of Americas to keep them from wasting their ends of life in the hospital, making their quality low and their expenses high would save so much. And it is getting worse all the time in this regard. I think his comments are placating just as much as the other side does. Change agriculture and you would do more to change health and spending than anything else we can do.
 

James Maynard (70)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 1:09 pm
The Republican Party has hated Social Security ever
since FDR signed the law. Senators Reid and Durbin
need to hold fast their stand.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 4:42 pm
The fiscal cliff is another financial/economic engineered fraud.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 5:12 pm
I'm glad to read these Senators are finally acting like Democrats. Maybe our barrage of phone calls, letters and e.mails is making a dent. I don't see any fiscal cliff...and from all I've been reading, it looks like the Sequestration just might stand and give Obama some leverage in the new year. Finally! Just hope I don't have to eat those words.
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 7:24 pm
Theodore S. and Lois Jordan are in agreement with many expert commenters I've read in saying that there's no fiscal cliff hazard - it's another Republican scam attempt to panic people into giving in to their greedy and absurd demands.

How these turkeys are allowed to hold public office, I'll never know...
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 7:15 am
The point is that Social Security has absolutely nothing to do with with DEFICIT and the only thing it has to do with the DEBT is the fact that the Social Security Trust Fund owns more that 2X the US DEBT than CHINA does, SSTF holds 17.9% of the US Debt China holds only 7.5%.
 

Lynn Squance (219)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 11:12 pm
"Social Security does not contribute to the federal deficit and should not be a part of ongoing negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday,..."

Bernie Sanders has maintained all along that SS is not part of the deficit and is good for another 75 years and should not be on the table. Hell, even the GOP's Saint Ronnie Ray Gun said that SS is not part of the deficit. What part of this don't the morally and ethically challenged Republican/Teabaggers not get? If anything, the deficit would be larger because the government has borrowed from the SS fund.

To paraphrase a well known phrase, "How can the American eagle soar when it is stuck with a bunch of Republican/Teabagger turkeys like the ones in the Congress currently?"
 
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