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In a recent interview with the Glens Falls Post Star on the budget proposal by Congressman Paul Ryan (R), Republican congressional candidate Elise Stefanik suggested raising the retirement age of individuals under 30 years old as a means for balancing the federal budget.

From the Glens Falls Post Star, April 15, 2014:

"Republican congressional candidate Elise Stefanik said she is “taking a good look” at the budget plan which House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., authored."
"Stefanik said perhaps the retirement age should be adjusted to reflect the longer life expectancy of those 30 and younger."

"“I think we should have a discussion about raising the retirement age for future workers,” she said."

"Asked specifically if she agrees with Ryan’s age cut off of 55 and younger to no longer receive traditional Medicare, she said, “I’m going to take a good look at it. I have to study it first.”"

Perhaps this draconian idea shouldn't come as any surprise given Stefanik's background as a high-profile Washington D.C. political operative who served as an aide in the Bush Administration, followed by a stint as the communications director of a neo-conservative think thank, and was later involved in the Romney campaign as Paul Ryan's 2012 vice presidential debate advisor.

Aaron Woolf, the Democratic candidate in the 21st Congressional District, meanwhile reiterated his opposition to the Ryan budget plan:

From the Watertown Daily Times, April 2, 2014:

"“The budget plan Congressman Paul Ryan introduced today is the wrong approach. We need to balance our budget and address our debt, but we need to do it the right way — not on the backs of our North Country families,” Mr. Woolf said in the emailed statement."

"Mr. Ryan’s plan aims to cut $5 trillion from the budget and balance the country’s books by 2024 in part by altering Medicare and food stamp programs and repealing the Affordable Care Act."

"It is a plan of which Mr. Woolf does not approve."

"“Ending the Medicare guarantee and forcing seniors to pay more is not the answer. We must work together to find responsible ways to reduce our debt that don’t cripple job creation, burden our seniors and students, or penalize middle class families,” Mr. Woolf said."

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  •  The GOPs Desperate Big Lie (5+ / 0-)

    By 2050, the Social Security "crisis" will in fact largely be resolving all by itself.  You see, the Baby Boomers will be dying off rapidly, and the supposedly intractable funding problems facing people under 40 will be revealed as nothing but a mirage. And the GOP is desperate to make changes Now!!! before the public catches on.  ...

    At 2050, the youngest Boomers will be 85 years old (2050-1965=85) and, according to the survival curves, half of even the youngest boomers will be dead. The oldest boomers will be 104 years old (2050-1946=104) and the number still living will be statistically insignificant. And I think the projected 5% survival at age 100 for the youngest Boomers is probably overly optimistic.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 09:41:00 PM PDT

  •  Aaron Woolf directed and produced "King Corn" (1+ / 0-)
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    For those interested in the race, here are Aaron Woolf's website and his Act Blue page.

    I didn't realize until I looked up his website that he is the documentary filmmaker who produced "King Corn," among others.  From his website:

    For more than 20 years, Aaron has produced and directed award-winning documentaries that have highlighted the human consequences of government policy.

    Aaron is the director and producer of the critically acclaimed film, King Corn, for which he was awarded a 2008 George Foster Peabody Award. King Corn looks at the ways that agriculture policies affect farmers and consumers on the ground -- an inside view of how crop subsidies affect how and what we eat, as well as the people who grow our food. The film was released theatrically in 60 cities across the country as well as on PBS and Discovery.

    In 2003, he directed Dying to Leave: The Global Face of Human Trafficking and Smuggling, which examined immigration systems across the world, and the flow of people, legal and illegal, across national borders. The film won an Australian Emmy Logie Award for best documentary series, aired as a two-hour special on the PBS series Wide Angle, and has been screened at the Secretary’s Open Forum at the US State Department.

    In 2010 Aaron completed another PBS special, Beyond the Motor City, which focuses on Detroit, and the struggle to modernize transit in the nation's automotive heartland. The film was broadcast as part of the Blueprint America series on American infrastructure. In 2010, Aaron toured the country supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, speaking about the future of America’s transportation infrastructure. Aaron’s work on this film profoundly shaped his belief that investment in infrastructure allows local businesses to compete in a global marketplace.

    He sounds like an excellent choice for Congress, especially when compared to Stefanik.
  •  Remove the cap on Social Security contribution, (7+ / 0-)

    lower the retirement age to 55, and extend ACA coverage to eliminate the need for "Medigap" insurance, and provide Medicare for Everyone.

    Fuck all republicans...there is not a single decent person remaining in that insane bunch of evil clowns.

    Les Paul, NOT Rand Paul!

    by old mark on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 11:28:21 PM PDT

  •  Well, while she sits on her substantial assets (1+ / 0-)
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    in the House, there are bricklayers and window washers risking their lives working on high buildings, weary women getting up at O-dark-thirty to cook breakfast for truckers, and truckers themselves driving long hours over highways to bring rich people the products they want.

    It's all very well for overfed rich peeps in Congress to work until they're 90 but people who do real work shoukd be able to retire at 60 or even younger, depending on what they do and the state of their health. And they should have a decent, guaranteed income on which to do it.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 04:29:38 AM PDT

  •  Ad then these assholes wonder (2+ / 0-)
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    ichibon, Upstate Blue

    why people under 30 hate their fucking guts and vote against them.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:11:36 AM PDT

  •  Raise the taxes on those that inherit insane (3+ / 0-)
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    milkbone, ichibon, Upstate Blue

    amounts of money that Mommy and Daddy left them.  Say....   50%??

    I like that one better.

    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:37:39 AM PDT

  •  this should raise eyebrows for several reasons: (1+ / 0-)
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    Upstate Blue

    a) If this is what she's saying BEFORE she's elected...that she is receptive to the idea of raising the retirement age for Social Security...just imagine what she might be willing to do to Social Security AFTER she gets into office.

    b) The one thing that never makes sense to me about these proposals by Republicans to make changes to Social Security that affect people under a certain age is this: How is that fair? How is it fair to have a Social Security policy that allows certain people to retire at one age and others to have to wait until they are older? Shouldn't everyone who is paying into Social Security be treated the same?

    c) Like most parts of upstate New York, this district's citizens are increasingly older. Woolf is right to jump on this and he should pound away on this from now until election day: Raising the retirement age for Social Security is not only unfair, it's unnecessary.

  •  How is Aaron Woolf's campaign going thus far? (0+ / 0-)

    “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

    by KingofSpades on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:54:37 PM PDT

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