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1449, 10 Oct 15

Kasich Act Like an Adult; Left Pounces

This is the reason that we don’t have a serious discussion about how to responsibly run our government.

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.

He asked audience members to raise their hands if they were far from receiving Social Security, asked them if they knew yet what their initial benefit would be and then asked them if they would be bothered if it were a little lower for the good of the country.

One person said it would be a problem.

“Well, you’d get over it, and you’re going to have to get over it,” Kasich joked.

Within an hour, the liberal PAC American Bridge was already out with a video of the encounter, and the New Hampshire Democratic Party quickly circulated the video, saying Kasich “threatened our Granite State seniors.”


1449, 10 October 2015


  1. Mark Maley

    If this was done in a package of reasonable
    Tax reform , count me in

    If we give 5 or 10 Trillion in tax cuts ( Bush Or Trump ) to the very richest Americans and corporations hoping the largesse will once again trickle down ,
    While asking average Americans to do their bit with regards to SS ,I would advocate hitting the Republicans over the head with this issue daily

  2. Northern Pike

    “so that initial benefits were lowered for individuals not yet near eligibility.”

    I love that part of the sales pitch. We have dangerous problem with entitlements, but those who are getting them right now aren’t asked to sacrifice a single penny. Just like the Ryan plan.

    If Social Security and Medicare represent daggers pointed at the heart of our fiscal future, then why should existing beneficiaries be shielded from cuts? By shielding them from ANY cuts, it guarantees even deeper cuts for beneficiaries now in their 20s, 30s, 40s and early 50s.

    Of course, we all know why Kasich, Ryan and other Republicans play this game. People over 65 are the now the most Republican part of the electorate. It’s not about fiscal responsibility, it’s about protecting friends and punishing enemies … at lot like Act 10.

  3. scott

    Yeah, those nutty Democrats, always ramping up the scare tactics to avoid “serious” discussion. (Death panels, anyone?)

    Me, I’m not convinced entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security need benefit reductions. Let’s start there. His premise strikes me as false.

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