The Boehner Admits It's All A Manufactured Crisis.
by DubiousForever
Mar 17, 2013 | 2101 views | 3 3 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

On ABC’s This Week, Speaker John Boehner admitted that there is no immediate debt crisis, but in the next breath argued that the country should gut Medicare and Social Security anyway.

Transcript from ABC News:

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA VIDEO: We’ve already cut– $2.5– $2.7 trillion out of the deficit. If the sequester stays in, you’ve got over $3.5 trillion of deficit reduction already. And, so, we don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next ten years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place.

MARTHA RADDATZ: Is he right that we don’t have an immediate crisis?

SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER: We do not have an immediate debt crisis. But we all know that we have one looming. And we have– one looming– because we have entitlement programs that are not sustainable in their current form. They’re gonna go bankrupt. Washington has responsibility– to our seniors and our near seniors– that we firm up these programs so that they’re there for the long term. Because if we don’t do it, not only will they not get benefits, we will have a debt crisis right around the corner. We have time to solve our problems. But we need to do it now.

MARTHA RADDATZ: H– how long do we have to solve our problems?

SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER: Nobody knows where this is. It could be a year or two years, three years, four years. The– it’s not an immediate problem. But we can all–

MARTHA RADDATZ: So, you agree with the president on that?

SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER: The Amer– yes. But his point, as he went on to say in that interview, is that we don’t– we don’t really need to do anything at this point. And I would argue that we do need to do something.


The Speaker claimed that nobody knows how long we have to deal with the debt, but this was a total lie. Social Security will be solvent until 2033, and the Republican claim that Medicare is going bankrupt is an epic exaggeration. The Medicare hospital trust fund is expected to be exhausted by 2024, but this is nothing new. As pointed out, “In 1980, insolvency was expected in 1994. In 1990, the exhaustion date was 2003. But those dates have been pushed back mainly by repeated tax increases.”

If there is no immediate crisis, why are Republicans so hellbent on cutting Social Security and Medicare? The answer is ideology. Republicans have hated Social Security and Medicare from the day they each became law. The ginned up fake immediate debt crisis as championed most loudly by Paul Ryan is the latest cover story for the right wing war on the social safety net.

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March 20, 2013
One of the worries about Social Security and Medicare going broke is based on the false assumption that "huge numbers of baby boomers are living longer." There's absolutely no proof whatsoever that boomers are living longer than previous generations. The longevity curve factors in the infant mortality rate, which has been dropping more and more as prenatal and pediatric health care improves - and it would be even better with a little 'Obamacare" for poor families. Just look at Beeville's own obituaries to read that we've got some tough old folks out there who have survived scarlet fever, polio, lead poisoning, asbestos, etc., and ate whatever was served at the dinner table, even if it wasn't a "balanced" meal. The boomer generation has been propped up on Flintstones vitamins and anti-biotics their entire lives, and that stuff is just about ready to wear off.

What I'm saying is that I don't believe we'll be going broke. In fact, as weird cancers seem to be on the rise, and the death rate from Alzheimer's has increased 39% since 2001, I'm saying that we'll be flush with Social Security cash. My opinion is either very right or really wrong, but only the future will prove it so.

Back to work.
March 18, 2013
Sounds like he "helped" the economy by creating a new "manufacturing" job.
March 17, 2013
Has the Boehner gone soft?...LOL!