Debt Plan Would Cut Taxes, Social Security, Medicare

November 10, 2010

(Updates with dollar figure in first paragraph.)

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — A presidential commission’s leaders proposed a $3.8 trillion deficit-cutting plan that would cut Social Security and Medicare, reduce income-tax rates and eliminate tax breaks including the mortgage-interest deduction.

The co-chairmen of the panel appointed by President Barack Obama suggested reducing Social Security spending by raising the retirement age to 68 in about 2050 and 69 in about 2075. The plan also would slow the rate at which benefits grow. The savings would come between 2012 and 2020.

“This country’s out of money and we better start thinking,” said co-chairman Erskine Bowles. Without “tough choices,” he said, “we’re on the most predictable path toward an economic crisis that I can imagine.”

the country has plenty of money. where is it? In the hands of the really wealthy. The struggle now is, will they pay up some of the deficits they benefited from? That is, government spent money, needing to be repaid, into business through war and outsourcing and special projects with guarantees, like FDIC accounts over fifty thousand dollars.


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