November 8th, 2010
01:16 PM ET
12 years ago

GOP walks budget-cutting tightrope with seniors

Washington (CNN) - Republicans rode a tidal wave of senior support into control of the House, promising to cut government spending and restore fiscal sanity to Washington.

But can they deliver on that promise without cutting entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security and angering older voters?

Filed under: 2010 • GOP • issues
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pass the popcorn please, the tap-dancing has begun!
    Good luck seniors! Looks like you voted in those Death Panels, and granny-killers.
    Tricky little buggers those GObPs, aren't they?
    "Come in" said the spider to the fly.

    November 8, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Everything has to be on the table. There can be no sacred cows. Seniors currently on it or within 10 years need to be given special consideration but this government is going BROKE and it will only get worse. All the money they STOLE from the trust fund is now coming due to be repaid.

    November 8, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    They don't have to. They don't actually intend to follow through on anything and where they do propose cuts to things like SS or Medicare, they will bury it under a mountain of misinformation and frabrications that makes it impossible for most people, who don't bother to do their own research and/or just distrust both sides no matter what, to untangle what the real imlpications of the legislation would be (case in point: Ryan's budget...just wait). They will commence proposing batsh-t crazy nonsense immediately upon swearing in...crap that nobody in their right mind would actually support or vote for because it's irresponsible and societally damaging. They know it's safe to do so because the Senate and Obama will block it. And then, when the Senate does block it or Obama vetoes it, they'll throw another wondrous hissy fit, play the blame game and attempt to get political leverage out of it for 2012.

    November 8, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. keepstufingthis

    Might have to. The corrupt, liberal demcrats wrote IOU's we can't pay to get the votes. Somebody has to tell the folks, that we can't pay and the liberals don't have an honest bone in their bodies, so we need to leave it to the adults.

    November 8, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    No. Seniors deserve what little they earn, in benefits, from the government. Give them their due.

    November 8, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. pc

    i am afraid seniors just cut their own throats. if they had only researched instead of simply listening to fox news they would have found out that the republican fringe want to do away with social security an cut back on medicare. i am a senior and was very frightened over this. i am upset with the democrats but voted for them in ways. they were the less of two evils. i simply pray that the tea-bag frincy will go away and the nation will get back to comman sence. the republicans are not friends for the older folks, i just hope it is not to late to undo what the election has done for our services as seniors. the health care bill has already helped several of my family members, one with a pre-exsisting condition an my 3 grandsons that were about to be removed from their parents insurance policies. we as a nation will soon find that the folks that voted the greedy back into office will have severe buyers remorse.

    November 8, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. S. In California

    But can they deliver on that promise without cutting entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security and angering older voters?

    No, they can't and many seniors will GET what they deserve.

    November 8, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Charlie from the North

    By gum I want the govmint outa my Social Security. Be careful what you wish for Tea Padiots!

    November 8, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. wwwmywebfindzcom

    Healthcare is fine with the new law, just some tweaks. When are the Republicans going to pay back the money they took from Social Security to fund their projects and the Dems as well. Give Social Security back the money you used to fund othe projects. Media, please help get our money back get it from the Treasury, they just print money.

    November 8, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. sharon

    This is diffently not what PRES. Obama wanted. But for all the people that voted Republicans in you get what you reaped. Higher taxes for the middleclass & higher healthcare. Now they want to create jobs. Did they not send all the jobs overseas. Did they not see the outcome in the long run. Everything we buy come from overseas..How many recallsdo we have go thru? Are they going to bring back our jobs...Hell No!!! Republican we are watching you very closely!

    November 8, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. kmp

    You know they just voted in the yahoo's that ran on cutting SS and Medicare and you are reporting that they are in a tight spot, DUH. If the didn't know this was a possiblity then shame on them.

    November 8, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. key

    My retirement is private and I hope my money doesn't out live me so I can continue my private health insurance. But I pray for who want have it.

    November 8, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Patrik

    Selfish Seniors should get what they paid for....They didn't want HealthCare Reform for fear new subscribers would push them out. This is perfectly shortsighted as their benefits under new law would be even more secure.

    November 8, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    Ja JA stupid seniors! The GOP are your real ' death panels' Good luck with getting screw over by the GOPs

    November 8, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. stormerF

    If it comes to a fight to preserve our country as we know it then let it be. Even the Seniors know something has to be done and if it is cutting the benefits of the welfare and food stamp recipients than let it be. If we have to move SS retirement to age 70 bring it on,But for the love of God do something to cut the deficit.

    November 8, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |