November 8, 2010
I’m not in denial. I understand that some form of entitlement reform needs to happen otherwise we’ll go broke. And though I would be effected by the change Boehner advocates, gradually raising the retirement age for Social Security to 70 for those more than 20 years away, I would support it as part of a larger program of spending cuts. We’re all going to have make concessions.
Video: Boehner on fixing Social Security — June 29, 2010
But according to the source, Boehner said the following:
Ensuring there’s enough money to pay for the war will require reforming the country’s entitlement system, Boehner said. He 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.”
If this is what we have to look forward to from Republicans if they regain power, I’m giving it all up. Continuing the expensive and illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan makes very little sense unless your goal is simply to support the military-industrial complex. Strategically, Al Qaida and terrorism are regional problems, requiring regional solutions. Victories in Iraq and Afghanistan won’t help against Al Qaida of Yemen, but they might cost us an additional trillion, and Boehner seems to have no problem with that possibility.