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  •  Using SOCIAL SECURITY surplus (8+ / 0-)

    To pay down the debt?!  Wash your mouth out with soap, right NOW!  Now using the SS surplus to increase benefits, or lower the eligibility age....

    •  increased benefits cost money forever (0+ / 0-)

      increasing benefits or lowering the eligibility age would drastically shorten SS lifespan.  you could do that, but you'd be almost guaranteed to harshly cut benefits and reduce eligibility in the near future (like 5-10 years).

      In today's economy, paying down the debt would be a pretty silly thing to do with the surplus.  But doing so as part of a compromise might make it possible to do other things, like effective stimulus in the form of payroll tax cuts subsidized training and federal infrastructure projects.

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