Durbin Suggests Changes In Social Security May Be Necessary


And another Democrat starts to see that the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train:

Durbin criticized a resolution put forward by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a liberal independent from Vermont, that says Social Security should not be cut under a deficit reduction plan. Durbin said he would not vote for such a resolution.

“I think Bernie is going too far with his language,” Durbin said.

“In 2037, as we know it, Social Security falls off a cliff,” he said. “There’s a 22 percent reduction rate in payments, which is really not something we can tolerate. If we deal with it today, it’s an easier solution than waiting. I think we ought to deal with it. Many of my colleagues disagree, put it off to another day. But from my point of view, leaving it out makes it easier politically, including it, I think, meets an obligation, which we have to senior citizens.”

One specific change Durbin said should be considered right now is reducing Social Security benefits to the wealthy.

“Reducing Social Security benefits to the wealthy” is usually known as “means testing,” and it’s been the bane of lefty Democrats for years. That Durbin, the #2 Democrat in the Senate and one of the most liberal (2010 ACU rating 0.00, 2009 ACU rating 0.00, lifetime ACU rating 5.90) is now suggesting it is quite significant.

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2 responses to “Durbin Suggests Changes In Social Security May Be Necessary”

  1. 49erDweet says :

    “Means testing” is too logical. It will never pass. Just like incrementally raising the retirement age every few years. Logical and fair, but liberal minds can’t get a grasp on it. I used to think it was conservatives who would never accept change. Turns out it’s not us who form the stick-in-the-mud group!

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