Boehner says Social Security reform should be considered
January 27th, 2011
07:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Boehner says Social Security reform should be considered

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner backed off Wednesday from a previous call to raise the eligibility age for Social Security benefits, but still described the idea as logical.

In an interview on CNN, Boehner, R-Ohio, said he made a mistake in advocating such a change to the government-run pension plan without first reaching an understanding of what needed to be done to reduce the federal deficit.


Filed under: John Boehner • Social Security
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. 11cavnam

    I wonder if Boenher would be willing to give up his government backed retirement, government backed health insurance, and all his other benefits? I have paid into SS all my working life, and the Republicans keep wanting to change the rules. BOTH parties are responsible for the spending of SS on their pet projects, neither party is willing to admit it. I would be willing to give up my SS provided ALL members of both Houses give up ALL their entitlements, work for a dollar a year, get rid of any influence peddaled by special interest groups, and get the country going in the right direction.

    January 27, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  2. sara

    Bring It on then Boehner. Just like you did the The HCR act.

    January 27, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  3. IPulledABoehner

    Go for it! Political suicide with millions of boomers retiring just after their 401k took a dive thanks to W.

    January 27, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. TomInRochNY

    How about paying back the money both parties looted from SS. Oh, wait, you alredy spent it on tax cuts and vote getting pork. Never mind.

    January 27, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  5. Mindseye67

    See! If you just slow down and think about things instead of running around screaming "the sky is falling ,the sky is falling" maybe you can do some good for this country.

    January 27, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  6. ummm.

    YIKES! Sorry, but my mother has worked tooo hard all of her life (and still does) to not receive her benefits at age 65. This is wrong.

    January 27, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    SOMETHING has to be done with it. Too bad BOTH parties are cowards when it comes to "the third rail".

    Obama's credit card is maxed out and The Beijing Savings & Loan isn't too keen on raising the credit line. Watch. Before too long, the government will tell Americans, "Sure! You can have tax-deferred money go into your 401(k), just as long as 50% of your contributions go into T-Bills."

    It would be just like the inept government we've created to kick the can further down the road.

    January 27, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  8. Mickey, NY

    I wonder if he cried when he realized he had to backpedal or say goodbye to his LIFELONG POLITICAL CAREER. Seems he's not qualified to do anything else except sweep floors at the local bar.

    January 27, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  9. lforlegend

    Just one example of the hot air he blew and ow has to inhale it all over again. He talked a good enough game to get re-elected. One question to Beahner, WHERE ARE THE JOBS??

    January 27, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  10. diridi

    True, and don't repeal health care...o.k, you are going to land into biggest trouble in next election if you repeal health care...and fin. reg. reform already passed....o.k, pass strict immigration...raid who hire illegals, and non-citizens...especially these India guy motels, and gas stations....watch these idiots....

    January 27, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    Stay away from SSI. How about the top 2% give back their tax cut first. Stop stealing from our piggy bank you fascists.

    January 27, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  12. nick

    I really do not understand why people get upset over this issue. Its a pure numbers game. If its going to run out in 2037 if nothing is done then it will run out! Shame on the Baby Boom generation for being selfish.

    January 27, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. real dem

    Just like 80% of smart americans thought" This guy and GOP/Teaparty people are going to do anything they can to stall "JOBS!!!!!!!!! Hurt the common folks,and line the pockets of their lobbiest,CEO buddies,and that millionaire cigar club. JOBS MR. BOEHNER> JOOOBBBSSS!!!!

    January 27, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. Jeff

    John Boner. What a moron. Cut the Defense budget! My bad, the DOD is the Sacred Cow and can't be touched. A little Trivia here; if we were to cut the Defense budget by 50 percent we would still be spending more than any other developed country on the planet! With the trillion dollars we've spent to support the Military in the last ten years we could have cured Cancer, and Cance kills more people than all of the wars put together.

    January 27, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. MikeInSA

    It shouldn't just be considered, it should be put at the front of the line. I'm in my late 40s and I've know for almost 30 years that I would not be able to retire until I was in my 70s, so do it already! Nobody is going to get all mad at you for delaying benefits when they've known it's been coming for the past generation.

    January 27, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. Paul, MN

    Ok, Seniors, looks like Republican poison tea will kill you before "death panels" will.
    Is this the thanks they get for voting for shifty eyed John "come on in said the spider to the fly" Boehner?
    I'm beginning to believe those tears that he is so quick to shed are "crocodile tears".

    January 27, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. GonzoinHouston

    While I disagree with just about everything that he says, he's at least looking in the right direction on this one. SS has always been the "third rail" of politics – touch it and die. If we are going to get our budget and our debt truly under control, we are going to have to touch, then grab and hang on, and not just to one such rail, but to four: Social Security, Medicare, defense spending, and taxes.

    Social Security will require benefit cuts and taxes.
    Medicare will require the kind of health-care reform that lowers the cost of health care.
    Defense will require cuts in acquisitions and gold-plated wish lists.
    Our tax structure needs to be based on expected spending and consistent economic theory.

    How we'll do this in our political environment is beyond me.

    January 27, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    You are right Boehner, people should pay into it even if they make more that $90K a year, and that is the only reform it will ever need...

    January 27, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. Stan

    Before Congress considers changing the Social Security System to any degree, they themselves need to change their retirement requirements to fit the average worker, who can't get his Social Security till he/she is at least 66, So why should congress be any different?

    January 27, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. marty

    Mr. Boehner would do well to consider raising the cap on the FICA. The limit for 2011 is $106,000 or 4.2% of gross compensation for all wage earners. A small increase in this limit would help Social Security substantially. Everyone works hard for their money, some physically harder than others. Raising the age limit is not particularly the ideal way to go. Also, Mr. Boehner would do well to initiate a movement to give all Government workers a choice about their health care to either: 1)accept the same health plan recently passed into law, or, 2)pass a bill giving all citizens the same health plan that they now enjoy.

    January 27, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Whatever

    Always back pedaling!!!!

    If any reform goes through that anyone currently under the age of 55 will not be eligible – it better include an immediate stoppage of payment from my check for the SSI. I think that will be the next revolt. I won't continue to pay into a system that I will not be able to receive benefits from... HELL NO Boehner HELL NO (remember those words sir?)

    January 27, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. drp

    Okay all of you politicians who will have great pensions when you retire...BACK OFF of trimming anything out of social security...including increasing the retirement age. The people who advocate for this are the wealthy, the politicians (who, again, will have great pensions upon retirement), and the young adults (who will change their mind when it comes closer to retirement time).

    January 27, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Alex Gonzalez

    Keep the SS for the oldes and generations to come !!!!!

    January 27, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. GOP = Greed Over People

    "In an interview on CNN, Boehner, R-Ohio, said he made a mistake in advocating such a change to the government-run pension plan without first reaching an understanding of what needed to be done to reduce the federal deficit."

    Sort of like when you cons fought for the payroll tax deduction of 2 percent that the CBO now estimates will add 95 billion to the deficit so the general fund can pay back the 95 billion lost to SS by your "tax cuts"?

    January 27, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Eric

    Social Welfare, mean Security, should be scrapped. SS was created in the event of you living past your life expectancy and you're unable to work, not as a retirement fund. If you want to retire you should plan for it, you don't deserve a hand out of cash just because you're old and couldn't handle money.

    January 27, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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