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  •  Not true (1+ / 0-)
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    whaddaya

    First, the biggest threats as political not fiscal. SS is solvent for decades - not true of any other federal program. When it has had problems in the past, Congress has fixed it. There are ways to improve the balance-they involve taking in more money. None of the things you sugggest would,make much if a difference fiscally. They all would undermine it politically.

    Medicare is only an issue because of out of control medical costs (worse in private sector). The only solution is to control costs in the sector as a whole.

    The only way we lose these programs us if we undermine them by making them less universal.

    Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. @DavidKaib

    by David Kaib on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 05:54:21 AM PST

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    •  You are completely correct. It is all a question (2+ / 0-)
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      whaddaya, David Kaib

      of how we, as a nation, want to spend the money that we raise through taxes. One could just as easily say: "We want to protect our enormous military machine so that it continues to be as large as the militaries  of the rest of the world combined- but we want it to be viable in the future." We need to consider getting rid of some aircraft carriers and closing some of our military bases overseas. This needs to be done so that we can continue to have the largest military in the world in the future.

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