Forget that we shouldn't be at war anyway. Forget all that money you've put into Social Security so you could pay for rent and food in your old age.
In an interview with reporters and editors at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review John Boehner suggested that we need to cut Social Security benefits to pay for drone missiles in Afghanistan and for rebuilding the country. Apparently he's unaware that only about 50 to 100 Al Qaeda are still in the country.
Ensuring there’s enough money to pay for the war will require reforming the country’s entitlement system, Boehner said. He said he’d favor increasing the Social Security retirement age to 70 for people who have at least 20 years until retirement, tying cost-of-living increases to the consumer price index rather than wage inflation and limiting payments to those who need them.
Why should Boehner care? He's raised more than $1.4 million from business interests this election cycle.
This video shows that Boehner had other things to say about Social Security, too. "We're all living a lot longer," says Boehner, so "eventually getting the retirement age to seventy is a step that needs to be taken." But we're not living that much longer than we were in 1983, when Congress stabilized the program financially. He also says, "We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we're broke, and that if you have substantial non-Social Security income ... why are we paying you?" Um ... because you paid in to the program? The only alternative is to apply a payroll tax to wealthier people for benefits they'll never collect, which amounts to a very un-Republican-like tax on the rich, or allowing people to opt out of the program (which really would ruin it financially).
Social Security is not broke. It's going to be healthy for many more years.