In an episode sadly reminiscent of the health-care reform debate, Republican U.S. Rep. John Boehner was publicly lambasted this week for the apparent modern-era sin of proposing a serious policy solution to a serious governmental problem.
Specifically, Boehner (the House
Minority Leader) gave an interview in which he proposed three changes: raising
the Social Security retirement age to 70 over time, tying benefits to increases
in prices (which rise more slowly than Social Security’s current index, wages)
and reducing benefits for wealthy retirees who do not need them. Denunciations
from Democrats were swift and furious. “Callous, outrageous and frankly
un-American,” said U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Democrat also from Boehner’s state