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Kohl To Debt Panel: Easy On Social Security

"Contrary to popular belief, the sky is absolutely not falling for Social Security," said Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, in a statement today. "Social Security has never been responsible for one penny of the federal deficit." A report released today by the committee describing various options for reforming Social Security was sent to members of Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

If you live in Wisconsin, please thank Senator Kohl. They hear from angry constituents all the time, only rarely do they get thanked.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

I think he is retiring at the end of his present term. In any case not young and not national candidate material. Not always very progressive, he just is correct about social security.

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Submitted by tarheel-leftist85 on

But couldn't he be the Weiner or Sanders that corrals ["]progressives["] into supporting SS privatization the same way the former two "single payer" advocates did with the insurance/pharmaceutical bailout? I'll thank him with the caveat that Kohl go further: not only does SS not contribute to the deficit, the deficit isn't a problem, and no matter what the One does to/for him, he will obstruct Senate proceedings should it come to a vote. I recall JRE responding to someone on his first campaign stop in the Carolinas to a question re: deficits, stating that they "weren't his priority." How refreshing, though he really didn't go into Keynesian or MMT explanations as to why. Let's see if any FKD (seems to me it's any Dem holding Federal office or vying for it) would admit to that. It's basically a "debate" between those who think that the deficit will come down on its own (but can be persuaded to accelerate the process a la SS privatization) and those who think it will only come down through SS privatization NOW NOW NOW--both agree on the course of action: public miseducation and econ. shock therapy under the auspices of fiscal prudence. Some appeal to the OFB ("better [']dems[']") a little more than others ("establishment dems," as big cheeto refers to them), but there is no debate in regards to what policy outcomes result.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

That was exactly my first thought.

The truth is, words like this mean very little, especially when they aren't said repeatedly. The Dems MO seems to be pretty obvious by now: have a few Dems say a few good things once in a while in a relatively muted manner (small infrequent press) to placate liberals; do the opposite (intentionally) and act like you got beat.

Submitted by lambert on

Who cares, since the destination is the same?

Not sure who invented that riff, or else I'd give credit.