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Sen. Tom Coburn: I'm Willing to Accept Tax Increases
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Posted on 12/09/2012 1:17:09 PM PST by Orange1998

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To: Conservative Actuary

These “generational” arguments against SS/Medicare used to make my head explode. Now they just amuse me.

Let me say first, I don’t agree with SS, Medicare or Obamacare. None of this should have ever been done in the first place. But they were enacted..with forced participation. So if one pays into these programs by law, yes they should get the benefits.

Will any of these programs be repealed? Probably not. It really isn’t a matter of “what about me and mine”. It is a matter of misguided law. There has been reform equitable to all placed on the table in the past.. the legislators won’t touch it. I place a lot of the blame on media misinformation.

As far as the pay-in vs pay out meme..That is how these programs were sold to the public. Had they been handled correctly, there would not be a problem today. They weren’t. Medicare (and SS) is not welfare. It is an insurance policy. I didn’t apply for the policy, but I darn sure have to pay for it. Much like a private health care policy, the premiums paid seldom equal the cost of one catastrophic illness. Is Medicare rife with fraud..you bet. This should be addressed if the program continues to exist..which it will unless OCare kills it.

I think a lot of folks forget that noone “chose” to particpate in these programs. It was not a voluntary program...unlike today when people are forced to contribute. /s We aren’t talking about some Madoff scheme. We are talking about the Federal Government.

As far as “means testing”...the rich already are penalized for their wealth in Medicare. In what other industry would this be allowed? IMHO, if the tax was paid..they are entitled to the benefit. I don’t subscibe to the Barry Obama method of “spreading the wealth”. And, no, I’m not rich. My thoughts are made in the interest of fairness. If the wealthy can self-insure and provide for their own retirement, they should have the ability to opt out of either program.

As already stated on this thread..return my confiscated deductions with interest...and I’ll shut up and go away. I’ll take care of my kids and parents...you take care of yours.


101 posted on 12/09/2012 4:36:55 PM PST by berdie
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To: kabar
The seniors went for Romney.

Romney promised not to mess with the entitlements of our seniors.

102 posted on 12/09/2012 4:39:02 PM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: BlatherNaut; BobL
Good catch -- you "MADE SURE (past tense) that your kids got through college debt-free," and yet they are "just now getting old enough to vote."

Doesn't quite add up, unless you have a very loose definiation of "just now" or else your kids started college at 14 or so...In which case they clearly didn't inherit your IQ!

103 posted on 12/09/2012 4:39:39 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: tumblindice

Thank you. I would venture a good guess that most “old people” ON THIS SITE would be happy to accept exactly what rhey paid in all their lives.


104 posted on 12/09/2012 4:39:53 PM PST by battletank
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To: berdie
I think a lot of folks forget that noone “chose” to particpate in these programs. It was not a voluntary program...unlike today when people are forced to contribute. /s We aren’t talking about some Madoff scheme. We are talking about the Federal Government.

Listen, I know seeing your neighbor hauled off in the middle of the night for non-compliance, never to be seen again, can make even the most stalwart believer have his doubts, but where does THAT leave us NOW?

105 posted on 12/09/2012 4:46:29 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (So?)
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To: BobL

I’d be happy to pay for SS for current seniors if they would wind down the program before my time (I’m 50). There’s no money, the pols spent every dime so I do not expect anything back, nor do I propose to renege on current recipients or people about to retire. All I would ask in return is some favorable tax rules on my own retirement savings since I will have to make do with that.


106 posted on 12/09/2012 4:53:50 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: oh8eleven
I got my first (official) paying job at 16 and worked until I was 62. That's over 45 feckin' years

I put 34 years into SS so far, but see my previous post. The program is doomed by demographics.

107 posted on 12/09/2012 4:56:45 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

I’ll make you a deal.

If you are employed...tell your employer to take no federal deductions.

If you are self-employed...I’ll be interested to see how long not paying paying the required taxes lasts for you.

Being hauled off in “the middle of the night” could be kinder than dealing with the government in a court of law.

You give it a whirl...and let me know the outcome. :)


108 posted on 12/09/2012 4:59:02 PM PST by berdie
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To: tumblindice
If they want to refund me the value of everything I paid into those programs, with over forty years of interest, sure.

Not going to happen. The best you can (and should) hope for is that they give you a decent chance to fund your own retirement. If you close enough to retirement, then you should get what was promised. If not, then something less.

109 posted on 12/09/2012 4:59:21 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: palmer

I think we need to clean house. Just let them all go. Might as well let the GOP die


110 posted on 12/09/2012 5:01:18 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: NVDave

I hear ya, Dave. Not sure it would work out like that. Income levels don’t know party distinction. Dems would stop any bill that fixes a different rate, credits, exclusions based on profession. Great idea. I just don’t see how it gets passed. But if you have specific ideas - send it to Ryan.

whatever they do they may as well extend the tax cuts on the 98% so it continues to be a Bush / Republican legacy and Obama isn’t able to claim it for himself next year. They don’t have the votes to do any more than that.

As I’ve said a bunch of times taxes are a distraction. The dems have the votes to pretty much do what they want & there is no way for the dems to tax their way out of this. We have a $16T debt and adding $1T+ per yr in add’l debt. We need to push for massive spending cuts and make that the focus on the debate.


111 posted on 12/09/2012 5:05:30 PM PST by plain talk
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To: GeronL

It would help to start fresh. Too much corruption in the present set of politicians. It seems to take about 6 years, they either quit like they promise (one senate term or three house terms and out) or they stay and become part of the problem.


112 posted on 12/09/2012 5:05:47 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: berdie

First, these are not ‘programs’, these are taxes. Means testing is just a way to screw over those that do well in life; which, to me, is worse than failing to pay out if one dies before collecting. But the Ponzi output is still the same.

Lastly, they are and were Unconstitutional, regardless of how they were begun. Sport, but you got screwed, you have no moral authority to indebt future generations just to ‘get what’s mine’


113 posted on 12/09/2012 5:06:35 PM PST by i_robot73
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To: i_robot73

Well, I assume you skipped over my post 101.

We agree that these programs, taxes are unconstitutional. But it is what it is.

We also seem to agree against means testing.

I simply am not able to reconcile myself with the fact that our government has the ability to enforce a law and then renig. Perhaps you can. Truthfully, that money IS mine... Sport.


114 posted on 12/09/2012 5:21:35 PM PST by berdie
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To: palmer
The program is doomed by demographics.
Can't disagree, but WTF is wrong with all the FR morons claiming we're greedy because we're taking SS/Medicare?
It's not like we had a choice when working, nor have any choice now. It is what it is for us.
When GW Bush suggested privatizing SS back in 2001, the Dems went feckin' nuts.
And BTW - what do SS, Medicare, Medicaid and Øbamacare have in common? They're all DEMOCRAT programs doomed to fail, yet no one ever brings that up.
115 posted on 12/09/2012 5:31:33 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Mark17

I have been looking at Panama or Costa Rica. It’s that 30% exit tax that’s stopping me.


116 posted on 12/09/2012 5:36:29 PM PST by twoputt
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To: palmer

“I’d be happy to pay for SS for current seniors if they would wind down the program before my time (I’m 50). There’s no money, the pols spent every dime so I do not expect anything back, nor do I propose to renege on current recipients or people about to retire. All I would ask in return is some favorable tax rules on my own retirement savings since I will have to make do with that.”

I think the people that “reneged” are the ones that chose to spend their retirement money (via the people they elected, collectively), so even them shouldn’t get a free ride.

But we’re past that point - as you can tell by the reactions to my postings, we WILL given EVERYONE every penny they think they deserve. The only question, again, is who should pay? My kids, or me and them a bit (before they retire). I vote for me and them...as I STILL don’t see why MY KIDS should be blamed for this mess.


117 posted on 12/09/2012 5:43:14 PM PST by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: oh8eleven
It is what it is for us.

It is for now. In the future the USGOV will 1) default, 2) inflate or 3) grow tax revenues or some combo. #3 is not looking good over the long run, even if we milk the rich that only works once. #2 means they will pay your $$ but you will have to lower your standard of living. #1 means cutting what we owe to China or cutting your benefits, probably both, as in everybody takes a haircut.

118 posted on 12/09/2012 5:45:43 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: BobL
who should pay? My kids, or me and them a bit (before they retire). I vote for me and them

I agree. Just wind the whole thing down with general revenues while we still can.

119 posted on 12/09/2012 5:48:17 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: BlatherNaut

“Where should the cuts come from? Before those who have been compelled to pay in (since this is not a voluntary system) all their working lives are forced to forego what they’ve been promised, I would like to see exactly what other groups will lose benefits.”

NOBODY WILL LOSE BENEFITS!!! Do you understand that? You have WON that battle - you should be happy. The ONLY thing I’m asking now is that TODAY’s workers pay for it - not my kids. There is absolutely no hope in convincing you guys that the people YOU voted into office, collectively, have already spent this country dry. My problem is that I have kids, and I would like to leave them some semblance of a country.

“A lot of the resentment is caused by the fact that non-citizens (exhibit A - Auntie Zeituni) who have paid exactly nothing into the system enter the U.S. and then spend the rest of their lives on the government dole, at the expense of working Americans. Will they be required to forego their “entitlements”? Not likely. And the people who have been the honest players and have done their part and followed the rules will take it in the shorts before the freeloaders such as this deadbeat dad are cut off.”

Like I said, EVERYONE will get a free ride, including you. My point is that taxes need to be high enough to pay for all you guys. Since you guys, older conservatives, are not willing to part with one penny of what you think is owed to you (even if it was spent twice over), the ONLY question left is who pays for you guys - me, or my kids (and later grand kids)...I would like it NOT to be my kids and later generations. That is the ONLY thing left to argue over.


120 posted on 12/09/2012 5:48:38 PM PST by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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