Obama To Exclude Social Security From Deficits Plan

President Barack Obama will not include reforms to the Social Security retirement program in his deficits proposals to Congress next week, the White House said Thursday.

Obama upset many fellow Democrats during this summer's bitter negotiations with Republicans on raising the U.S. debt ceiling when he expressed a willingness to change the way government benefits are linked to inflation.

He saw the move as a way to ensure the federal pension program remains viable in the long-term, but liberal supporters who champion entitlement programs for the elderly felt he was giving up too much ground to Republicans.

White House spokesman Amy Brundage said Obama's long-awaited deficit reduction plan, to be unveiled Monday, "will not include any changes to Social Security."

"As the president has consistently said, he does not believe that Social Security is a driver of our near and medium term deficits," she said.

With Obama's shift in stance, the six Democratic members of a congressional "super committee" charged with tackling the federal deficit would not have to make immediate concessions, giving them more negotiating room with their Republican counterparts. The super committee is trying to find more than $1.2 trillion in budget savings over 10 years by Nov. 23.

Obama's change of heart on the inflation formula could help lower the heat from his liberal base, and could also help Democratic members of Congress who are up for re-election.

Obama also expressed a willingness in the summer debt talks with House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, to raise the eligibility age for Medicare health benefits to 67 from 65.

But The Wall Street Journal said Thursday the White House was now looking at cuts to providers and increased premiums for wealthier recipients of Medicare, the healthcare program for the elderly.

A senior administration official said final decisions have not been made about Obama's recommendations to the super committee.

While Obama's proposals will not be binding on the committee, they will likely feed into 2012 campaign rhetoric and give the president an opportunity to counter the Republican image of him as a tax-and-spend liberal.

Obama is expected to recommend more than $3 trillion in budget savings next week, although Republican members of the super committee have already questioned whether that is achievable.

Boehner, the top U.S. Republican, will call Thursday for the super committee to consider tax reform that would close loopholes but not raise rates, as well as changes to entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

He will also argue in a speech that Republicans and Democrats should work together to reduce business regulations and lower taxes and spending to boost job creation and economic growth, according to a summary provided by his office.

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  • by Truth on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:03 AM
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  • by anon Location: wallace on Sep 16, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    SS needs to be privatized and only get it when you pay in to it. Obama needs to excuse himself from the deficit too!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 16, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    Part of the problem is a lot of people do not pay into it and draw off of it. Consider that some people worked for awhile, went on their own and don't pay any taxes. It is estimated that there is 1 trillion in tax money that is not gotten. These people don't even list taxes. My next door neighbor worked for one year when she was a girl, prior to having kids. She has been drawing for 25 years. You should have to pay into it for a length of time before you qualify for it.
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      by To osoc on Sep 16, 2011 at 08:31 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Report her! If she collects SSI-that is for disability and comes under different rules! You can NOT collect SS until you are 62 (then it is cut)-full payment is not available until you are 70yo!!! If she was collecting while having children-that is SSI and comes under disability or maybe one of her children is disabled. Even then, to collect SSI for yourself, you have to have worked 5 out of the last 10 years. Have you ever thought about really investigating something before opening your mouth?
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        by Read clearly on Sep 16, 2011 at 09:02 AM in reply to To osoc
        OSOC's post says "she worked for one year when she was a girl, prior to having kids", it doesn't say she is having kids now. Don't have any clue how old this women is but his/her post doesn't clarify that at all.
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Sep 16, 2011 at 11:45 AM in reply to To osoc
        She is almost 90 years old, didn't you figure that out? She only worked for one year of her life at a store in our downtown area here yet she gets full SS and Medicare. I hope this makes you understand the post.
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      by Lavon on Sep 16, 2011 at 09:29 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Snake Oil you really need to do research before opening your mouth because your ignorance is really showing.
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        by Read Clearly on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:42 AM in reply to Lavon
        Lavon, what are you talking about? What makes his/her post ignorant? The fact that you don't agree with the numbers? They sound pretty believable to me and place no partisan political. I am so tired of seeing you attack everyone on these strings that you don't agree with with, you sir/madaam are the ingorant one!! Before you accuse me of being OSOC (because I see you do it to people all the time) let me assure you I am not and don't know this person from Adam (as the saying goes).
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Sep 16, 2011 at 11:46 AM in reply to Lavon
        Thanks for leaving no doubt to yours....
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      by anon on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:48 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      agree 1000%
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      by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 at 03:35 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Your story sounds fabricated. Not saying this type of thing does not happen, just that you don't sound too convincing.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Sep 17, 2011 at 04:15 AM in reply to
        I can assure this is no story. I didn't know how broke the system was until I had to live it in real life.
  • by Harold on Sep 16, 2011 at 04:08 AM
    Here, let me tickle your ears and rub your shoulders while I reach deeper into your pocket. More useless words. For those that don't know the history of social security, its not just the republicans that has robbed it. For the lemmings, keep running, the cliff is getting closer.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Sep 16, 2011 at 03:07 AM
    Good deal! It is just driving the Republicans crazy that they can't get their hands on the people's social security money. All that money right there to steal and the Dems just won't let them take it. Well, you can bet they will keep trying. It's one of the few safety nets working people have and it needs to stay and be strengthened. And can we get some of that money made over $106k to contribute to the SS fund? I don't see why it is any different than the money the rest of us earn. I believe the rich, even though they don't need it, get SS checks too.
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      by Donna on Sep 16, 2011 at 04:19 AM in reply to Barlow
      Barlow Obama is in enough trouble right now to risk messing with SS. At least that's one smart thing he's done.
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      by Boats on Sep 16, 2011 at 04:31 AM in reply to Barlow
      Barlow, Congress has been "borrowing" from the SS Trust Fund sin LBJ used it to pay for Viet Nam. And I'm talking about BOTH PARTIES. They needed to leave it alone then, and they need to leave it alone now. Again BOTH PARTIES.
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        by Barlow on Sep 16, 2011 at 05:09 AM in reply to Boats
        I'm with you on that. I think the Al Gore "lock box" was the right idea. Just a little too much money not to be tempting to any politician, left or right. And you are right, it doesn't matter whether the Repugs blatantly go after it or the Dems bleed it slowly. It should be left alone and ALL money made should be used to contribute. Either that, or lets have that "means test". If you don't need the money, you don't pay is so there is no pay out.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 at 05:05 AM in reply to Barlow
      The only reason Obama does not want to touch SS is because there is no money left in it. Yes, both parties are to blame for this mess. Obama is on the campaign trail again, remember?
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        by To anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 at 08:27 AM in reply to
        Try reading! This is absolutely not true. Repeating a lie does not make it true!
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          by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 at 12:04 PM in reply to To anonymous
          In his limited mind, it does.
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          by Please Inform Us All on Sep 16, 2011 at 01:15 PM in reply to To anonymous
          Since I am sure you are the same "anonymous" who constantly insists there is money in the "social security account", please inform us all how you know this, since every site I have researched says the program is broke. I would like FACTS only please, with reference, so that they can be verified, thank you.
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      by Floyd on Sep 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM in reply to Barlow
      Barlow - You post the same thing over and over again about paying SS taxes on income over $106K. Can you not understand that there is a limit on how much SS payments you can receive therefore there is a limit on the taxes you have to pay in? What you should be concerned about is the people that paid in NOTHING but draw a check every month. So I assume you think that is fair that some pay $0 and those that have already contributed over $10K per year should pay more?
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Sep 16, 2011 at 04:07 PM in reply to Floyd
        I agree, the point is, you pay into the system to draw for it. So granny next door paid a thousand dollars and she is in. Now her son live there for free, he doesn't even list taxes...construction...and his gal, that just had a baby, gets WIC and other social services since she worked for a local business for a couple of years. Barlow has not problem with this....its his American Way! Use the system, when the money runs out, tax the wealthy...its their fault. Well, ever heard of personal responsibility? He has none...government can just print more money...
  • by Alexis Location: ECU on Sep 16, 2011 at 02:51 AM
    Barack Obama is a spineless politician who will just pass the problem on to the next president, hopefully a new president in 2012.
  • by m on Sep 16, 2011 at 02:50 AM
    Politics, let's not get the old folks upset. I am one of these, SS can't sustain itself. Time to take a knife to it.
  • by Typical Republican on Sep 16, 2011 at 02:29 AM
    Nooooo! Let the greedy Wall Street Crooks handle that money, we can trust them to do the right thing.
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      by Typical Democrat on Sep 16, 2011 at 08:27 AM in reply to Typical Republican
      Yeeeeeees! Don't read the jobs bill and EVERYTHING it includes, just pass it. "If you love me, pass this bill"
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        by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 at 12:03 PM in reply to Typical Democrat
        Yesssss! Stop stealing SS to pay for Bushs wars and prescription drugs, then maybe it will survive.
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          by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 at 05:47 PM in reply to
          Yeeeeeees!! You have NO CLUE what you are talking about!!!

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