Thursday, March 03, 2011

Is Our Politicians Learning?

No I do not know why Dems have to re-learn these basic facts every other year or so. Nor am I optimistic that this from Claire McCaskill is actually, you know, true.

This week we have a lot of tough decisions to make -- but I can tell you a few things for sure:

1. I don't think anyone is going to propose cutting Social Security benefits -- if they do, I'll vote against those cuts.

Because NPR told me this just a few days ago.

NAYLOR: McCaskill seems ready to make some folks mad. She says spending on entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare, which consume most of the budget, will have to be trimmed. She suggested the retirement age for Social Security might need to be raised for future recipients, and that Medicare might need to be means tested. She also said there were plenty of places to cut Defense spending, and that tax loopholes should be closed.

I'm sure what she, uh, really means is that she won't support any cuts to current benefits. Future scheduled benefits? You betcha.

Happy to be wrong.