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  •  I would worry about that. (6+ / 0-)

    It's the flip side of means testing, which the GOP wants as a wedge to peel off support.  They know that if wealthy people aren't getting benefits they will not support the program.  (FDR understood that, which is why it is set up the way it is.)  If lower-income people do not pay into it, but still get benefits, you create a wedge with that.  Maybe there would be arguments against them getting benefits; welfare instead.

    Take the pledge on Social Security

    by 2laneIA on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 01:20:48 PM PST

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    •  Feds already tax income above a certain amount (1+ / 0-)
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      for SS recipients with incomes above a pretty low amount. One could see eliminating the cap, taxing back a large portion of high income SS payments, then dedicating the proceeds of that tax to the SSDI - the need for which could happen to anyone's family.

      With tweeking SS can be made much fairer for just about everyone who pays in, and be put on a sound footing as the social insurance it was designed to do.

      "Who am I to give science the brush?" Sugarpuss O'Shea

      by semiot on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 01:42:03 PM PST

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      •  As we saw with the payroll tax holiday (1+ / 0-)
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        tweaking should be done on the "first do no harm" principle.  It is a program that has worked well for decades, and too many people who talk about "strengthening" or "saving" really mean "cutting."  I dislike the implication is the WSJ reportingthat the WH wants to cut a back room deal as opposed to debating in the open.  In fairness, the words "back room" were not used, but that is the implication.

        Take the pledge on Social Security

        by 2laneIA on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 02:33:25 PM PST

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