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Brain-dead Bill Thomas – tie Social Security benefits to race and gender



DOA: “We also need to examine, frankly, … the question of race, in terms of how many years of retirement do you get based upon your race. And you ought not to just leave gender off the table, because that would be a factor.”

First the GOP wants to tell you that Social Security is in crisis (it isn’t) , now we have a bone-headed Rep. Bill Thomas going on Meet the Press and telling us that it’s time to look at race and gender as factors for Social Security. And let’s see…what method might the government use to calculate your benefits in a particular way…will we use a brown paper bag as a means test for black people? Good lord, how do people this dumb get elected? Oh, god my head hurts thinking about the stupidity. I should send him my essay on the ridiculous, American social construct of race. (local6.com):

The chairman of the House tax-writing committee said Sunday that President George W. Bush’s drive to overhaul Social Security should lead to consideration of a value added tax or other ways to fund the entitlement program.

Congress also should consider basing benefits on such factors as race, sex and the job a retiree once held, said Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif.

“The way we fund the Social Security system, I think, needs to be examined. What we fund it for, chronic or long-term care, has not been addressed, and that’s one of seniors’ major needs,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

The last major changes to the system encouraged optional increases in retirement age. That was intended to lower costs by reducing the number of years the average retiree received benefits.

“To move from 65 to 68, which we did in 1983, was a benefit cut, but it also creates hardships based upon the occupation that you have, and it creates inequities on who you are and how long you live,” Thomas said.

“You could just as easily have a discussion about occupations, as to when would be a fair or an unfair time to retire,” he said.

We also need to examine, frankly, … the question of race, in terms of how many years of retirement do you get based upon your race. And you ought not to just leave gender off the table, because that would be a factor,” Thomas said.

The senate’s top Democrat is blasting some Social Security proposals from the chairman of the House tax-writing committee.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said, “foolish isn’t a strong enough description” for Thomas’ idea that benefits might be based on factors like race and sex. Reid also shot down the idea of a value-added tax, calling the proposal “dead on arrival.”

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