House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he "made a mistake" when he suggested raising the retirement age to 70 last year... The Speaker indicated he was premature in suggesting raising the legal age at which retirees are eligible for full Social Security benefits, since he didn't want to pre-judge a debate over how to fix the entitlement program. He said he wouldn't rule out raising the retirement age, however.
...His comments walk back remarks from late June, when he said the retirement age would eventually need to be raised by five years, from 65 to 70.
...Democrats, for their part, have seized on those fears and sought to use them to their political advantage. They accused Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who delivered the official Republican response to Obama, of wanting to do away with Social Security...
Hey, schmucks: you've already destroyed Social Security, according to the CBO.
It's already running a deficit and is slated to run dry way ahead of schedule. You created this monstrosity -- and you destroyed it. So be proud, Democrats! Take credit for the havoc you've wrought!
...Fueling the new worry is a report this week from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that suggests Social Security may be more of a drain on scarce resources - or in need of strengthening - than had been thought previously... The CBO said that if interest were excluded, the system would run a deficit of $45 billion this year and a total of $547 billion from 2012 to 2021.
Outlays for Social Security, the CBO said, will hit $727 billion this year, 4.8 percent of the gross domestic product. In 10 years, as baby boomers retire in big numbers and benefits increase, the CBO estimates those expenses will reach $1.3 trillion, 5.3 percent of the GDP.
In other words, the program could be a drain on an already-strained federal system, so the Capitol buzz is this: Something has to be done. But it's difficult: About 53 million people got Social Security benefits last year, and the CBO estimates that will grow to 71 million by 2021.
You read that right. Social Security is headed right into the tarmac -- the way all Democrat social engineering efforts do.
Is that so difficult to fix? Of course not.
Washington indexes all kinds of entitlement payments to inflation. Gee, brainstorm! How about we index retirement to average life expectancy?
C'mon, Speaker Boehner. The American people aren't idiots. They respect politicians who tell the truth. So tell the damn truth and be proud of telling it. Stop playing Beltway politics as usual. The stakes are way too high to dissemble. Leave that up to the Soros-controlled Democrat Party.