Harry Reid is like a broken record. Here he is again, denying that Social Security as it currently stands is unsustainable.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will not allow changes in Social Security to be part of the negotiations to avoid a federal budget fiscal cliff, further narrowing the opportunities for savings that could be tapped to close the deficit.
Republicans have insisted that big entitlement programs such as Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid be part of the end-of-year negotiations to head off tax-rate increases and the $110 billion in automatic spending cuts. …
“Social Security is not part of the problem, That’s one of the myths the Republicans have tried to create,” he said. “Social Security is sound for the next many years. But we want to make sure that in the outer years people are protected also, but it’s not going to be part of the budget talks, as far as I’m concerned.” …
“I’m giving you my personal feelings about where we need to go. Take care of the middle class and have the richest of the rich contribute a little bit to helping our economy,” he said.
Er, actually, these gigantic and growing entitlement programs are the main drivers of our ever-increasing $16 trillion national debt, and Social Security is not a crisis waiting to happen. It’s a crisis that is happening, right now, everyday — and it’s not like ‘nobody could have seen this coming’ or anything. We’ve utterly failed to reform Social Security up until now, and we’re expected to put aside this death spiral becausewe’ve got a few debt-accumulating years to go before it collapses? Nevermind that I and my peers are paying gobs into a system that will absolutely not be there for us, nor that taxing the “richest of the rich” amounts to less than a drop in the bucket of achieving fiscal sustainability.
Oh, and no, I’m not saying we need to throw Grandma and Grandpa under the bus. What I am saying is that Social Security is in crisis mode and thanks to these rotten Democrats nothing is being done to preserve it for later generations. The party that’s supposedly for the young people is screwing them over royally, and unfortunately, thanks to the media and this rotten culture the young people are voting for it. My generation will be eating Ramen Noodles during retirement. The young voters and my kids (who don’t get to vote yet) will be eating cat food – if they’re lucky.