I know all the cool kids love the idea of “reforming” Medicare and Social Security, but it would be a disaster, both politically and morally, to cut the programs. A must read from Tom Edsall (via Atrios and reader P):
In this kind of conflict over limited goods, one of the most valuable resources that can get lost in the fray is the wisdom of the electorate at large. In this case, the electorate is pointing toward progressive tax increases for those closer to the top far more readily than members of the political class, for whom high-earners are a crucial source of campaign contributions.
The very nature of the basic security Americans are entitled to is at stake.