(CNN) - They have been meeting for two months, poring over concepts and ideas already hashed out by three other groups over the past year.
But nine days before their deadline, members of the so-called congressional "super committee" created to forge a deficit reduction deal indicated Sunday that they remain hung up on basic issues of tax and entitlement reform that have previously stymied agreement.
Seniors on Social Security and Medicare PAID for decades for their benefits. I resent Republicans trying to make their benefits sound like a handout when they worked and paid for the pittance that they receive. Social Security did not cause the financial crises and it is grossly unfair to place the burden on seniors so that the top 1% of earners can keep their tax cuts. The cost of 2 wars, unfunded Medicare Part D, Bush bailouts of banking & auto industries, and huge tax cuts while waging war created the mess we're in! Unfunded mandates have caused state and local govts. to push more of the burden on seniors who are struggling to survive, especially since their investments have tanked in recent years. Social Security is solvent through 2036 and can easily be adjusted to well beyond.
If Democrats allow the burden to be placed on seniors, they can forget 2012. Democratic voters won't bother to go to the polls if their leader don't have the courage to stand up for our most vulnerable citizens.
Just by cutting out the compound welfare within these program; bringing them into the 21st using the latest technologies; cutting out the obsolete and unnecessary political pets and cutting administration and its cost could save us a trillion dollars. There is no need for further taxation.