Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lead Balloon

Republicans may be suffering politically for voting to phase out Medicare. But they moved the needle on the policy debate way to the right, and, as such, cutting Medicare now is basically a fait accompli.

The latest plan comes from Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT).


Of course that’s abbreviated…they mean Joe Lieberman (Idiot-CT).

The plan would cut Medicare spending in numerous ways, the most controversial of which is by increasing the retirement age to 67.

Sooner or later values voters are going to realize what they’ve been supporting. Personally, I can never afford to retire, but I have a feeling that those who can won’t be too happy if they think they have to wait another two years. Hell, they can hardly remember their names at 65. Not even Wal-Mart has enough greeter positions to cover all the otherwise unemployable folks who’ll be trying to hold down a job. Those tea partiers are going to be carrying pitchforks if this picks up any speed (which it won’t). They love their country a whole lot, but they love their possibility of retiring even more. (And they probably don’t stop to think it’s the liberals who are responsible for the fact that there’s such a thing as retirement benefits.)

....but hey, do what you want....you will anyway.

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