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Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday that a New Hampshire audience member would "get over" cuts to Social Security payments as a result of his reform plan -- and the left is already pouncing on the comment.
The Republican presidential candidate was asked about entitlement reform during NH1's "Fiscal Fridays" series in Concord, New Hampshire, on Friday, and he said it was something that would have to get done.
"We can't balance a budget without entitlement reform. What are we, kidding?" Kasich said when asked about his opponents who say they won't touch entitlements.
Kasich said he was part of the effort to reform Medicare and Medicaid in the '90s, and that he also had a plan to change Social Security so that initial benefits were lowered for individuals not yet near eligibility.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: amicktd
He wasn't talking about the elderly. Did you read the expanded quote?
He was talking about people who had not yet gotten to their retirement. People presumably like you and I. We would be the ones taking it for the team in order to reform the system, and let's be honest if you aren't planning to have NOTHING in SS the way things are going, then you are short-sighted indeed.
I don't plan on it being solvent by the time I retire. I expect that my SS is being stolen from me and will be money I'll never see again because that's the way our current government seems bent on doing business.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: Dimithae
I think SS needs to be looked at and reformed considering people are living and working a whole lot longer than they used to. Secondly there needs to be an inviolable law that protects the funds raised for SS by requiring it to be placed into the SS system and nowhere else. Third we need to look at increasing the retirement age starting with anyone born in the next calendar year. Those born before it are grandfathered in and any changes made allows those individuals to opt out.
What we have now is not working.