David Broder and Five of His Friends Mean the “Nation” is “Ripe” to Cut Social Security Benefits
David Broder is minting his own conventional wisdom again:
Nation ripe for entitlement reform
Conrad and Gregg have proposed attacking that larger problem by creating a bipartisan commission to examine the big entitlement programs — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — where savings must be found, and the tax systems that support them.
That proposal and its counterpart in the House, sponsored by Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia and Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee, have been stymied for two years principally by the adamant opposition of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"Where savings must be found." Well, that means cutting Social Security benefits. The Social Security trust fund will take in a hundred billion more than it pays out this year, but since we’ll blow it on increased defense spending, little old ladies must eat cat food to make David Broder happy. Oh and Nancy Pelosi is mean.
But all that aside, where does Broder get the idea that the nation is "ripe" for this? A poll conducted last month by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare finds that 14% of Americans think it is in a state of crisis, and 5.5% are in favor of reducing benefits (PDF).
But a bunch of extremist GOP demagogues are in favor of it, and Steny Hoyer has opened the door, so that means America is "ripe."
I’ve sampled the people currently drinking beer in my kitchen, and America thinks David Broder needs to get out more.