Wednesday, June 30, 2010

John Boehner: Friend of Democrats

Did congressional leader John Boehner just hand over the midterm elections to Democrats? He did if the words he uttered to a Pittsburgh newspaper reporter yesterday get widespread play across the country.

I mean, really. Three guesses. Which age group is the group of people, Republican or Democrat it makes no difference, that is most likely to show up at the polling booth in the fall?

Old people.

People who are retired or about to retire.

People who are going to take these words that John Boehner uttered in all seriousness with not just a little alarm. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

“Ensuring there's enough money to pay for the war will require reforming the country's entitlement system, Boehner said. He'd favor increasing the Social Security retirement age to 70 for people who have at least 20 years until retirement, tying cost-of-living increases to the consumer price index rather than wage inflation and limiting payments to those who need them.”
“‘We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we're broke,’ Boehner said. ‘If you have substantial non-Social Security income while you're retired, why are we paying you at a time when we're broke? We just need to be honest with people.”
Limiting payments to those who need them? Moving the retirement age to 70? All so we can pay for endless war?

And this is a good idea? This is what John Boehner will advocate when he gets his 39 congressional seats this fall and sits in the Speaker’s chair in Congress next year?

This, in the end, is all that Democrats are going to need this year. All we need is a few candid words of truth from Republicans on what they will do when they retake congress.

The Trib-Review’s video showing how surprisingly willing Boehner is to hit the third rail by his very real threat to postpone and even eliminate social security payments is below.

Truth is truth
To the end of reckoning

- William Shakespeare

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