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    and maintain middle class tax cuts, you have to consider some time of entitlement reform or else you are just as clueless as the Republicans.  Any increase to the social security or medicare eligibility age should be phased in over at least a decade, and Obamacare should help some with increasing the Medicare eligiblity age.  Perhaps there can be an exception for those who spend more than x amount of years during jobs that are physical labor intensive.  I support means testing for social security and medicare, and it will affect me directly.  I have no objection to paying into a system that doesn't benefit me directly, and I've heard a similarity sentiment from both my parents and in-laws, who would also not receive benefits (or pay higher medicare premiums as a result).  Being absolutist is just not realistic.

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