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View Poll Results: Do you support major cuts to Social Security and Medicare?
Yes and I lean right 13 27.08%
No and I lean right 8 16.67%
Yes and I lean left 4 8.33%
No and I lean left 23 47.92%
Voters: 48. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-24-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I don't lean any which way (an omission in your flawed poll), and benefits we've paid for throughout our working lives should not be reduced.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Yeah, I think we should do away with it right now.

That way all the money I paid into both can vanish. So when I get to retirement I lose that money and my health care (since no private insurer would cover me, and I could not pay them anyway with all my premiums vaporized). I would certainly love to take care of my relatives that all paid into it for years, and now they got a big middle finger when they tried to get it back.

/sarcasm

I am always amazed at what awful ideas some people come up with.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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You can balance the budget primarily by raising taxes on the rich and cutting military spending.

Just as I did here.

Those who moan about why SS and Medicare must be cut have been duped by right wing propaganda.

Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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Why don't the greedy politicians pay it back first?
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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You can balance the budget primarily by raising taxes on the rich and cutting military spending.

Just as I did here.

Those who moan about why SS and Medicare must be cut have been duped by right wing propaganda.

Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com
wow..how many times will you post this spam

here is some facts for you

the rich...ALREADY pay most of the taxes

the budget is 3.7 trillion...our revenue (thats from ALL sources) is 2.1 trillion...thats a budget deficit of 1.6 trillion

IF you were to tax the 'rich' at 100% you would only increase the revenue by 800 billion (and that's at 100%)...so you would still be short by800 billion

if you cut the defense budget to zero( from its current 670 billion)..you would still be short



our problem is the SPENDING on social programs
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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wow..how many times will you post this spam

here is some facts for you

the rich...ALREADY pay most of the taxes

the budget is 3.7 trillion...our revenue (thats from ALL sources) is 2.1 trillion...thats a budget deficit of 1.6 trillion

IF you were to tax the 'rich' at 100% you would only increase the revenue by 800 billion (and that's at 100%)...so you would still be short by800 billion

if you cut the defense budget to zero( from its current 670 billion)..you would still be short



our problem is the SPENDING on social programs
CD posters can decide whom to believe.

The New York Times using these two guys

The starting point for our calculation is work done by Alan Auerbach and William Gale, two economists who are experts on the federal budget. Mr. Auerbach and Mr. Gale have written two recent papers that review what they call “the dismal prospects for the federal budget.” As an extension of that work, they built a spreadsheet for The Times that analyzed the savings that the government would need to achieve each year starting in 2015 to keep the deficit at 3 percent of gross domestic product. That’s the level that many economists consider sustainable for the deficit, because one year’s normal economic growth can pay off the previous year’s budget shortfall.


Or a muffler mechanic, living pay check to pay check, on Long Island who takes right wing propaganda fed to him has the gospel truth, and regurgitates on the CD forums.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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Great, so take all the vast wealth of your savings and donate them to the USA treasury, because there is nothing here to pay for the way it was anymore.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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Hell no it shouldn't be cut. Cut the politicians pay first.
Sure, how do you do that with no money there again?
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:11 PM
 
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Both programs should have the age of eligibility gradually raised. For Medicare, seniors should pay slightly more for co-pays and premiums. Those small tweaks now will greatly improve the finances of those two important and popular programs.
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