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Obama talking Medicare, Social Security cuts

By United Press International

U.S. President Barack Obama is talking to Democrats and Republicans about cutting Medicare and Social Security entitlements, a White House official said.

"He's reaching out to Democrats who understand we have to make serious progress on long-term entitlement reform, and Republicans who realize that if we had that type of entitlement reform, they'd be willing to have tax reform that raises revenues to lower the deficit," Gene Sperling, director of Obama's National Economic Council, told CNN's "State of the Union."

When asked if that means Obama was talking to top congressional leaders, Sperling said, "Well, he just had the leadership in on Friday," referring to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Sperling said Obama followed up Friday's meeting by making phone calls Saturday to rank-and-file senators in both parties who had expressed interest in "the type of grand bargain that Bowles-Simpson have called for, that most budget experts called for, that recognize it's not cutting defense and domestic spending like education and research we need."

Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff to Democratic President Bill Clinton, and Alan Simpson, a former GOP senator from Wyoming, were co-chairmen of a White House bipartisan deficit-reduction panel created in February 2010 to find ways of reducing the mounting federal debt.

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The panel's package of tax and spending changes fell three votes short of the required 14-vote support from its 18 members that would have sent the proposal to Congress for a vote.

Sperling didn't say who Obama spoke with Saturday.

Boehner said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that when he met with Obama Friday they discussed the need to avert an end-of-the-month budget showdown that could result in a government shutdown.

Obama "agreed that we should not have any talk of a government shutdown," Boehner said. "So I'm hopeful that the House and Senate will be able to work through this."

The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on a spending measure that would keep the government running after its current stop-gap funding mechanism elapses March 27.

The House measure would provide funding through the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30, and give new flexibility to the Pentagon to manage $40 billion in cuts it took Friday in the sequester.

The sequester is the Washington term for $85 billion in across-the-board federal domestic and military spending cuts triggered when the White House and congressional Republicans failed to reach a compromise on an alternative.

The cuts were included in the 2011 deal to raise the federal debt limit. They are projected to run through Sept. 30 and are the first of a decade-long plan to cut spending $1.2 trillion for nearly every federal program, except for military personnel and entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

This year's cuts represent 2.4 percent of the federal government's annual $3.55 trillion budget.

Sperling, who also appeared on "Meet the Press," said Obama would work to undo the sequester cuts as part of a broader discussion about deficit reduction.

"We will still be committed to trying to find Republicans and Democrats that will work on a bipartisan compromise to get rid of the sequester," Sperling said.

"That's why the president was calling the leadership on Friday, that's why he spent his Saturday afternoon calling Republican and Democratic senators who he thinks could be part of a caucus of common sense to help move our country forward," he said.


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  1. kenlunde1Comment by kenlunde1
    March 4, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    Hola Amegos
    These are not spending cuts period. They are cuts in the rate of increase which will just kich the can down the road a little farther. The only problem is that we are running out of raod.

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    • anestatComment by anestat
      March 4, 2013 @ 9:27 am

      So finally Obama is talking about cutting Social Security and Medicare, when these people have paid for it and the government has stolen it. What about the 31 million freebies on obamacare, and the 15 million illegal aliens. Going to cut that out???? Of course not.

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    • isschadeComment by isschade
      March 4, 2013 @ 9:51 am

      WHAT is this BS about entitlements ? Medicare and Social Security is PAID FOR BY ME and MILLIONS of other over the last 40 years. It’s OUR MONEY not the Governments. This is TREASON and another on the list of reasons this entire congress needs to be IMPEACHED, RECALLED, and/or TRIED for TREASON !

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    • susieqComment by susieq
      March 4, 2013 @ 10:02 am

      Fire Obama – He’s a bully and and incompetent. When did God die and put Obama in charge?

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      March 4, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

      It’s not Apocalypse,,,,,,, it is just another Pox,,,, from Obama’s Lips!

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    • thebuckdudeComment by thebuckdude
      March 4, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

      I took my SS retirement in Oct. 2011. I didn’t go to direct deposit until Feb. 2012.
      With that said, each check I did get showed my “retirement” as “unearned income”.
      When I got my end of year statement from Soc Sec in January 2013, the money I received in 2012 from my retirement acct clearly stated it was “unearned income”.
      You can thank our so-called congress for that folks! While I paid into the system for 42 years, there are no guarantee’s in life.
      Congress changed the wording in Soc Sec because they have every intention of taking it away from US.
      At least those of US who paid into it…

      Do you suppose their fancy retirements that we bought for them are subject to those same rules they’ve put us under?
      If you do, get a hold of me. I’ve got one hell of a money making toll bridge for sale. Owner will carry with small down and “creative” financing…..

      You don’t even have to “work” it.

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    • gentlemanjimComment by gentlemanjim
      March 4, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

      When are people going to realize that the money that we pay in over the years doesn’t come close to the benefits that we’ll receive over the course of our retirement? The money that we’ve paid in is(was)part of a Ponzi scheme that is now falling apart because of them giving people bennies because they’re druggies, losers, etc.. The next thing that they’re going after is our 401K programs.

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    • sparkyvaComment by sparkyva
      March 4, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

      A couple of things: first SS pays out much more to individuals than individuals pay in. They tried to figure out an RoR, but were too generous. This has been gradually done to win votes. Second, cutting the rate of increase has been going on since Bush by understating the rate of inflation. Personally, I am on SS. I don’t expect it to last too long so I am still working and trying to get some more set aside. There is no easy cure. Any republican suggestion will be shot down by the Democrats, so it is really up to the Democrats to make a move. They are struggling to find something that will work and let them save face. I am pessimistic, and think they will just kick the can down the road. – Politicians (sorry for swearing)…

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    • FrankComment by Frank
      March 4, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

      It must be understood by everyone that social security and medicare are NOT entitlements! They are in truth “Benefits” that we paid for in advance.

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    • hart65Comment by hart65
      March 4, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

      I was happy to see your comment scores as they indicate a good understanding of the situation. We’ve got to stop talking about “entitlement cuts.” No way that works for most folks who are retired or near, or for the people who are destined to need help. So we need to start calling it entitlement funding, and follow some of the unpopular recs of SB. Very poor people will need their entitlements subsidized and those of us who are currently doing well will pay more in and probably get a little less out. That goes for SS and Medicare. And that’s why we’ve got to stop all foolish talk about any tax increases! Those who are well off are the only hope to make entitlements available for the most vulnerable… so thank them and leave them the hell alone! Run today’s government at 18% of GDP, paid for by the bottom whatever % gets that done and use what’s left to fix the two Ponzi schemes and start paying our debts.

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  2. alchemistComment by alchemist
    March 4, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    I have seen no talk from anyone in the government about cutting out the obscene funds pissed away in foreign aid.

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    • keepusafreeComment by keepusafree
      March 4, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

      Yep, I just read that they, our crooked government, are giving Egypt $250 million! WHY??????? Besides being wrong giving the Muslim Brotherhood our BORROWED money, it is wrong to keep giving money away that we do not have! Cut out the Obama phones, cut a percentage of food stamps,cut percentage of unemployment benefits and length of time, cut out ALL money given to anyone and all other countries until we have fix our broken and BROKE country ourselves! Charity starts at home!

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  3. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    March 4, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Remember all of you people that voted for him. BY NOT VOTING! This country is beyond help!

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    • extyrequeenComment by extyrequeen
      March 4, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

      it’s a very sad time in america when the ******** in both parties care more about themselves then the voters who put them there and this country is now the laughing stalk of the whole world….obama needs to vbe IMPEACHED IMEADIATLY and the rest of these bozo’s need to be throun out of office when they run for re-election and elect people who care about US and not themselves….

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    • keepusafreeComment by keepusafree
      March 4, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

      Yep, all those who did not vote can thank themselves for helping to put Obama into office and the decline and destruction of the United States of AMERICA! And Obama is trying to make our USA into a socialist third world country. i, for one, am not going to go down without fighting!

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  4. barrymustgoComment by barrymustgo
    March 4, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    The only cuts to Social Security should be to illegal aliens who never paid into the system, and it is a simple fact, we, as a nation live longer. I know this will piss off those who are getting close to retirement age, but we need to raise thw age of recipients from it’s currenr level, up to at least 71 years old. Then raise it one month per year, until it gets to 72 years old. Don’t screw around by raising it a month per year. That would then take 84 years to get the retirement from 65 , up to 72. DO IT ALL AT ONCE NOW!

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    • grandmawComment by grandmaw
      March 4, 2013 @ 10:22 am

      We won’t be living longer for very long. The new Obamacare is going to take care of that by not giving us medical care when we need it. Throw Grandma under the bus with the panels. And no, I don’t agree with raising the age of recipients. We paid for social security and if they gave back what they stole from it over the years and what is going for Obamacare, we could have enough to pay for it.

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    • keepusafreeComment by keepusafree
      March 4, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

      I am so sick and tired of money we have paid into being given to illegal aliens…what is it that our government, who work FOR US,do not understand the word, ILLEGAL and what is means??????? And the gross stupidity of giving them drivers licenses…..Where are the smart, intelligent people that we have voted for?? They have all turned into crooked slim balls!
      And as for the second amendment..they need to KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF MY GUNS!

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  5. theronaldComment by theronald
    March 4, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    One day talks about how bad it will be for so many people. A few days later he talks like it is NO big deal. Again, what he says is NOT important, but what he DOES is what we have to worry about. What a slime ball !

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  6. Allen SComment by Allen S
    March 4, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    Why cut Social Security that is NOT an entitlement since we pay into it? What would older people do without medicare? Why not stop giving our money away to foreign powers who hate us and it never helps that country but the pockets of their leaders. Why give our tax money to illegals for SS and medical when they don’t even pay into it? If taxes were lowered more people could start a business and provide work for those on welfare. It is all so simple but the elite in WDC think they know better and of course they have the power. I keep saying, our only hope is God but too many could care less.

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  7. spkup4americaComment by spkup4america
    March 4, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    I agree with several people who said how DARE they suggest cutting Social Security Retirement that we have paid into the system for years, yet Obama et al talk about continuing to fund Obamacare for freeloaders as well as pushing or amnesty for Illegals! This is wrong and is stealing from those who have paid into the system for many years, and that means it IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT! HANDS OFF OUR RETIREMENT MONIES BECAUSE THAT IS STEALING AND WORTHY OF IMPEACHING EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM WHO SUGGEST THIS!

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  8. tps12Comment by tps12
    March 4, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    We and our employers paid into it, the government used it and gave it away every chance they could to those who did not pay in, and who do they decide to punish the ones who paid. Time to fire them all!

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      March 4, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

      if only we could fire tyrants. How are you going to fire them? Not at the voting booths. They have rigged the elections. Not by using the courts which they control. Impeach them? If treason were impeachable it would have been done already.

      There is only one effective way to deal with tyrants and that is revolution. Once we realize that no other method will work, revolution will come.

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  9. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    March 4, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    Good thing he didn’t talk about cutting support for illegal aliens or drug users or gang bangers . . .

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    • iamwinnerComment by iamwinner
      March 4, 2013 @ 8:37 am

      Someone who voted for Obama; who drank the kool-aid; and who does not want their medicare and social security cut will have just about enough of Nobama! Nobama will go down in flames!

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    • rolly0412Comment by rolly0412
      March 4, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

      thomasjefferson: “Good thing he didn’t talk about cutting support for illegal aliens or drug users or gang bangers . . .”

      And he also didn’t talk about cutting support for the birth control pills and abortion…

      How about cutting support for lifelong salaries for presidents, senators and congressmen? No mention… instead lifelong security was added for ex-presidents.

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      March 4, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

      They are going to need that security protection. They know that revolution is on its way. Folks, they have bought the ammo, and the tanks. They have staffed the FEMA concentration camps. They are pracicing on taget depicting old people, pregnant women and children. They are implementing the drones. They are asking the soldiers if they would fire upon civilians. They have changed the laws to allow them to turn their guns on the people.

      Their policies are failing. They know what is coming. They are prepared and ready. We had better be ready too.

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  10. xjandinComment by xjandin
    March 4, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    Interesting how there’s not talk of cutting/closing/reducing:

    - foreign aid to Russia, North Korea, Egypt, etc.
    - pay to ‘highly paid’ government employees
    - Obamas trips around the country/world to promote his agenda
    - reducing the number of armed bodyguards for Obama (hundreds)
    - preventing the US Post office from giving millions in sponsorships (As in to Lance Armstrong)
    - closing military bases overseas in some of the smaller countries (do we really need bases in 130+ countries around the world?)
    - ‘pork-barrel’ projects for individual members of Congress.
    - government ‘retreats’ to out-of-state/country locations (hundreds of millions of $’s)
    - preventing DHS from purchasing billions of rounds of ammunition and thousands of armored vehicles

    There is such a long list of things that could be cut that would have ZERO impact on the American people, it’s disgusting to hear the fear-mongering coming from the government and watch them deliberately cut things that do impact Americans.

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    • paulthepatriot1776Comment by paulthepatriot1776
      March 4, 2013 @ 9:16 am

      You are correct xjandin. We should have never provided the Egypt Brotherhood leadership with billions of dollars in military equipment which can be used against their enemies, the US and Israel. I can’t believe Congress failed to stop that.

      Also, when are we going to stop funding mothers who have babies and can’t work. I’ve actually heard from and witnessed this that stay home moms have babies and get social security and welfare checks for being lazy.

      This Nation has gone beyond absurd in certain areas. And has been said, hard working and long paying citizens are being considered by this President to cut their only means of income. Ridiculous!

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    • Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
      March 4, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

      How about those F-18s for the opposition to the Syrian government (Muslim Brotherhood) while he’s trying to get guns away from peaceful American citizens.

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    • OutspokenComment by Outspoken
      March 4, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

      and now today read about the 3,000 tanks that the DHS is purchasing (DHS also purchased 2,717 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (some nicknamed as The new DHS sanctioned ‘Street Sweeper’)) DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm.

      seems that DHS could use a few cuts instead

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    • rolly0412Comment by rolly0412
      March 4, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

      DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones. Homeland Security’s specifications say drones must be able to detect whether a civilian is armed. Also specified: “signals interception” and “direction finding” for electronic surveillance.


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  11. pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
    March 4, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    So now the only cuts Obama is talking about are for our seniors who have worked hard, built and defended this country, and paid in all of their lives. Way to stick it to the hard working citizens and totally ignore the obscene waste going on in this administration. If the president and congress want to show their “concern” for the citizens of this country they should start by cutting their own salaries and perks first and foremost. I guess the old folks will be dying off soon, especially if you cut their already meager income and their health benefits, so what’s the point in helping them. Better to put that money toward bankrolling votes you can buy for the long term.

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    • bonboylComment by bonboyl
      March 4, 2013 @ 9:09 am

      Doesn’t this beat all? He really knows how to destroy the middle class. I’m one of those that worked for nearly 40 years for my SS and Medicare benefits and I depend on them – as many others do. I have read that we paid $4M dollars in Dec. 2011 and $7M in Dec. 2012 for the Obama’s vacations in Hawaii. How much will the Dec. 2013 vacation cost us???? I’m betting $10M. But this kind of cutting is never in the news. I am so sick of this guy and his cohorts. Michelle has 22 assistants – to help her do what? One assistant could likely handle whatever it is that she does (except to tell us what kids should or shouldn’t eat. If Obama knows anything at all, why in the world does he need 52 czars???? There is so much waste and they never consider cutting that.

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  12. missieb2000Comment by missieb2000
    March 4, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    Obama exempted his salary from these cuts. How about we cut E V E R Y T H I N G by 10 percent across the board. Not 10% of what we want to spend next year, but 10 % of what we are spending right now. Keep doing that for about five years and you may get somewhere. Of course, Paul Ryan submitted a budget that got us out of the red in ten years, and ol’ Harry Reid won’t even bring it up for a vote.

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  13. gopluvaComment by gopluva
    March 4, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    Should have cut michelles latest fiasco that even paid people to bus in kids to make the photo op look better then would not let the kids eat or drink. whats that all about?

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  14. kaniksukiddComment by kaniksukidd
    March 4, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    I do not trust in or believe ANYTHING that this poseur president or his mouthpieces say.

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  15. gunsmokeComment by gunsmoke
    March 4, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    Yeah, it is typical that Obama would do such a thing as this to Our Senior Citizens, such as he has with his ObamaCare with the Death Panels in which is Described in ObamaCare….also with ALL of the rising Costs at which he is to BLAME for ( GAS, Food,Medical = Rx’s, Doctors visits and Hospital ), ETC….. But this is of NO Concern to him, nor his Administration, as they have ALL and Everything they want or need and are Immune to anything they do or say….. This LIAR, Cheat, Corrupt, Traitor and Oh most Deffently IMPOSTOR needs to be gotten rid of with Force if Necessary…. We must Demand he show the Proof he so Claims to be Born as a U.S. Citizen…. We ALL know he is NOT, but he has NOT been Vetted as of yet, nor shown any TRUE Documentation that he is what he says he is……ALL FALSE, FORGED, UnTruthfull Documents only!
    Demand that he be Vetted and ALL Documents shown to us ALL, if he Refuses, Remove him from Office for Falsified Documentation and ALL of what he has done, will become NULL….. DEMAND IT NOW ! GOD BLESS AMERICA !

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  16. powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
    March 4, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    What to cut…..lets see….stop giving money we do not have to other countries; close some overseas military bases and better fortify our own d**n borders; close at least 5 federal agencies that have helped ruin us (Education is one); yes, cut the pay of Congress and the Prez; do not fund Obamacare; stop paying for Obozo’s lavish vacations; stop funding the UN; fire all of Obozo’s Czars….this should make a nice dent in the out of control mess that exists.

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  17. js071257Comment by js071257
    March 4, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    Won’t happen. He will lie, spin, and obfuscate to get the statist media to paint the evil Republicans as obstructionist and he is the only “adult” in the room.

    The master deceiver is preparing his next move.

    Satan is a deceiver and the father of lies, and his protege is doing a pretty good job of continuing the legacy.

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  18. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    March 4, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    Yeah the Thief in Chief wants to grab the money from the Social Security fund again that you and I paid into all these years. Bunch of thieves stole from it before and that is why it is in the shape it is in. And why? So that he can give it to the welfare rats that don’t work. Nothing but demonic influence instructing Obozo what to do next. No leadership in Washington at all these days except for the demonic kind. They sure were not worried last week when they all were on taxpayers expense vacations, were they? Just gave Egypt 50 million dollars that would have shored up Social Security for a long long time. Just watch and I guarantee in the next week or so, they will throw some more money to the foreigners some where.

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  19. begneli2011Comment by begneli2011
    March 4, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    We are coming to the end. The average democracy lasts about 200 years. “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Benjamin Franklin The Blue States are spending into oblivion, as is the fed. If the Red States fail to declare independence, they will be dragged down with the Blue States.
    ” __that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to Alter or Abolish it, and to institute new Government___”.

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  20. barrymustgoComment by barrymustgo
    March 4, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    Raise the retirement age to 72 years, IMMEDIATELY!

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      March 4, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

      Raising the retirement age is just another way of breaking the contract. The bad guys in all this are not the retirees. The bad guys are the corrupt dishonest government, who forced this socialist idea upon the people. Socialism always fails in the end. This is no exception.

      They stole from up our entire live promising to pay back, now that the time has come, they want to change the game again.

      This is the old bait and switch con. Don’t accept it. period.

      It is time for a completely new government. This one has been broken for over a century.

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    • Allen SComment by Allen S
      March 4, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

      I would not have been able to last that long and neither can many others with disablilities. My father worked until he was 72 and they had to ask him to leave. It took 3 people to do the job he was doing alone as a mechanical engineer. We can’t put everyone in the same peg hole.

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  21. middlegroundComment by middleground
    March 4, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    We are just as naive as the German people were in the 1930s. The only way Hitler could support his economic miracle was by first seizing Jewish wealth and second by invading other countries to seize their wealth. After October of 1939 German Government Bonds would have begun to default, so he invaded Poland knowing full well that it would lead to war, but the German people never realized that this was his plan from the start of 1932.

    Obama’s agenda is similar. Keep paying off with taxpayer money the groups that have supported him until we are so far in debt we can’t see any way out except the Communist-type seizure of wealth and property and central control of all activities, essentially to achieve a better more compassionate society. However, those who selected him to be the president and arranged the media bias that elected him probably have a different agenda than Obama’s, and if you could see into the lies and misinformation of the Obama energy policies, I think you can see behind the curtain to our nation’s enemies pulling strings to achieve what the naive believe are Utopian goals and objectives, but are in reality merely smoke and mirrors every dictator uses to seize control.

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  22. norditeComment by nordite
    March 4, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    To: anestat, isschade, alchemist, extyrequeen, spkup4america, iamwinner, xjandin, bonboyl, gunsmoke, kaniksukidd, powertothepeople, jenersea, begneli2011,
    Entitlement Programs are government programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. For the last four years Democrats have been trying to STOP cuts to Entitlement programs by cutting elsewhere like the defense budget and closing tax loop holes on big oil.
    Republican views on Entitlement Programs:
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: “higher Medicare premiums for the wealthy, an increase in the Medicare eligibility age and slowing cost-of-living increases for Social Security”
    Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the third-ranking Senate Republican: “We all know what drives federal spending is the entitlement programs and so far we’ve seen no proposal from the president – no meaningful proposal – when it comes to reforming entitlement programs”
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called on President Obama and Democrats to specify entitlement cuts in a hypothetical deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” even though only Republicans have demanded spending cuts to programs like Medicare and Social Security. Despite their support for putting entitlement programs on the chopping block, GOP lawmakers have refused to specify how, or by how much, they would cut the programs. Boehner, instead, used a press conference today to urge Democrats to take the lead on entitlements, even though Obama and Democratic leaders made it clear that they would not support a deal that cut Social Security, and Democrats have repeatedly opposed the Medicare changes Republicans have attempted to make in the past:
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor got even more specific. “Any kind of agreement that we come to has to deal with the prime drivers of our deficit, which is the spending and particularly the health care entitlement programs,” the Virginia Republican said.
    The Washington Post’s report, which presents the negotiations as being at a near impasse, fills in the hole by explaining that Democrats are waiting for Republicans to say what kind of Medicare cuts they want, while Republicans insist Democrats go first.
    Graham said Tuesday on “Piers Morgan Tonight” on CNN.
    “I will not raise the debt ceiling ever again until we get significant entitlement reforms

    The Senate’s top Republican suggested specific cuts to popular safety-net entitlement programs – Medicare and Social Security – as the kind of proposals his party wants on the table in talks with the White House over the year-end budget crisis.
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said Democrats aren’t going to throw America’s seniors over the fiscal cliff to give a tax cut to the wealthiest.
    Medicare apparently is being discussed. And one idea Republicans have been pushing is raising the program’s eligibility age above its current level of 65.
    But just a couple of days ago, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California was saying: “Don’t even think about raising the Medicare age.”
    Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney. “The President and the American people won’t tolerate Congressional Republicans holding the American economy hostage again simply so they can force disastrous cuts to Medicare and other programs the middle class depend on while protecting the wealthy.”

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  23. texasbilComment by texasbil
    March 4, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

    If you want to cut some entitlement’s lets cut the full salary of all politicians elected in the US government who even if they only serve one term they get paid till they are dead. Lets cut all government salaries by 25% and make them pay for something once in a while, of which they do not at the current time.

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  24. begneli2011Comment by begneli2011
    March 4, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    Social Security is a mandatory annuity (insurance instrument). We pay in via premiums. The government immediately confiscates the premiums and then tells us it is not our money and they will give us an “entitlement”. Medicare is a mandatory health insurance policy and we pay premiums. Neither is an “entitlement”. And it is all unconstitutional.

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  25. rosechComment by rosech
    March 4, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    It is irritating that you and others refer to Social Security and Medicaid as “entitlements” which they are NOT! We have paid in our money to be able to have some of it returned to us, ditto Medicaid. Entitlements are allowing those who have NOT paid into these plans, i.e., illegals, etc. Entitlements are food stamps, free phones, refunds on taxes never paid, and all other types of welfare. These are the issues you should address. Obama wants to rob us of OUR savings. He needs to go! Let him cough up a few of his millions first!

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    • pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
      March 6, 2013 @ 7:29 am

      In fact, when social security started, people believed that the money they paid in was being invested and would grow to provide for their retirement years. While it is true that people didn’t live as long after retirement then, it was also meant to provide for widows. When a breadwinner dies, the surviving spouse, upon reaching retirement age, must choose whether or not to take the deceased spouse’s social security benefits or his/her own. After that choice is made, he/she forfeits his/her own social security benefits, which then belong to the government.

      Had the powers that be left the SS money alone, and invested it conservatively and wisely, instead of misappropriating it and using it for that which it was not designed, Social Security could still be solvent. In the true sense, Social Security should be an “entitlement,” in other words, people who paid in are entitled to what they were promised. Unfortunately the government has changed the meaning of that word to encompass those who, for generations, have added nothing to the pot but continue to feel “entitled” to what belongs to someone else. This is a deliberate misinterpretation on the part of liberals. They make no distinction between the givers and the takers, therefore they can cut the benefits of whom ever they choose and lump it under the general heading of “entitlements.” So the people who have never paid a cent into the program, in the eyes of the liberals, are no different than those who paid in for 40-50 years. In fact, the givers are worth less because they aren’t producing future liberals who can be bought with the promise of a lifetime of entitlements.

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