Reform Entitlements But Don't Cut Benefits? Come Again?
I'm a bit discouraged by this Pew poll showing widespread agreement that Social Security and Medicare need reforming for the sake of the deficit but also widespread agreement that benefits shouldn't be cut.
This is why entitlement programs, once enacted, can live on until they wreak havoc. There is a divide among Republicans and Democrats here, it's worth noting.
Americans were asked which they thought was more important, reducing the budget deficit or keeping Social Security/Medicare benefits as they are. Forty-four percent of Republicans chose reducing the budget deficit while 47 percent chose keeping benefits the same.
Among Democrats, however, only 23 percent chose reducing the budget deficit compared to 71 percent who chose keeping benefits the same.
Still, these are discouraging numbers for both parties, aren't they? What will it take to get the public in support of significant reform?