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White House Refuses To Change Social Security to Make Fiscal Cliff Deal

From CBS News:

White House spokesman Jay Carney said today that Social Security is one entitlement program that should be addressed on a “separate track.”

“We should address the drivers of the deficit and Social Security currently is not a driver of the deficit,” Carney told reporters today. The senior retirement program is solvent for another 21 years, at which time recipients could see a reduction in benefits.

While Social Security isn’t as much of a problem as Medicare, it’s frustrating that the White House won’t even consider any changes. Why not raise the retirement age to reflect the longer lifespans Americans are enjoying?

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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