Rand Paul working on Social Security reform?

by TrogloPundit | January 29, 2011 12:14 pm

From the Daily Caller:[1]

(Rand) Paul said Thursday that he will introduce another bill “in the next two or three weeks” that would address the Social Security entitlement program by raising the age of eligibility for younger workers and use “means testing” to determine if a citizen with high income is eligible to receive benefits.

Seems like, for a long time, only Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan had the stones to talk Social Security and, more generally, entitlement reform. Now Rand Paul is getting in on it, too. Wonder what a private conversation between the two of them would be like?

Bonus question: Paul Ryan? Rand Paul? Isn’t that just a little too “a girl named John?”*

Back to Paul (Rand Paul): raising the retirement age is — and I’m sure I’ll regret saying this when I’m 67 — a good idea. Really, my generation should be planning to work until age 70 or older. Our money will last longer that way, and we’ll stay healthier longer, too.

“Means testing,” though: I’m not so comfy with that. We all know Social Security isn’t really secure. It’s no promise. There’s no trust fund. But it’s been sold as such. It’s been sold as an investment. Something you’re paying into with the promise of getting back later. “Means testing” means having to sell your house before you can get your benefits.

I should have to sell my house to get my own money back?

But, I suppose. How does that go? Don’t let the perfect beat the living crap out of the better-than-now? Something like that.

This passage caught my eye:

Paul’s call for a re-examination of the nation’s entitlement programs is likely to cause contention within his own party. House Speaker John Boehner apologized Wednesday for making the very same suggestion last year.

“I made a mistake when I did that, because I think having the conversation about how big the problem is is the first step,” Boehner told CNN. “And once the American people understand how big the problem is, then you can begin to outline an array of possible solutions.”

Holy Crap, Mr. Speaker, we haven’t had that conversation yet? Where do you get your news?

* Bonus vague movie reference!

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  1. From the Daily Caller:: http://dailycaller.com/2011/01/27/not-done-yet-sen-rand-paul-to-introduce-social-security-bill-in-the-next-two-to-three-weeks/
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