State of California Archives: on Social Security


Antonio Villaraigosa: Entitlement reform must be part of reining in debt

Villaraigosa commented on the federal budget: "We can strengthen the economy and lay the foundation for long-term middle-class job growth by reining in budget-busting programs like Social Security and Medicare now." Villaraigosa was reacting to Pres. Obama's proposed budget, which would trim entitlement spending over the next 10 years. The proposal is controversial within the Democratic Party, with some accusing the president of "dismantling" Social Security. Last year, Villaraigosa went so far as to join Fix the Debt, a committee largely made up of Fortune 500 CEOs who are pushing for Social Security and Medicare cuts.

"We have an obligation to rein in our national debt," Villaraigosa said yesterday. "Entitlement reform must be at the forefront of the solution. The cost of entitlements will only drive the national debt upward if we do not stop spending from spinning out of control."

Source: L.A. Weekly on 2014 California governor's race Apr 11, 2013

Neel Kashkari: We must cut entitlements, to avoid national insolvency

The fiscal crisis in Europe has awoken Americans to the enormous challenge we face from entitlements. The promises our country has made over the past few decades, combined with changing demographics and rising costs, have put us on a path to national insolvency. Most economists agree that raising taxes cannot pay for these commitments; entitlements must be cut.
    I believe three steps are necessary for our country to embrace any meaningful proposal to cut entitlements:
  1. Our economy needs to experience sustained growth, creating good jobs, so Americans feel economically secure. It is hard for anyone to think about long-term sacrifice when they are worried about how to pay their bills today.
  2. The emotional bruising inflicted by the financial crisis needs to heal.
  3. Our leaders need to make the case for cutting entitlement spending by tapping into our shared beliefs of sacrifice and self-reliance.
Source: Kashkari in Washington Post : 2014 California Governor race Jul 26, 2010

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