Entitlement Reforms Should Cut Benefits And Taxes
by Thomas R. Saving and John C. Goodman
January 04, 2012
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
Almost everyone agrees that without significant entitlement program reform, there is little hope for a solution to the looming decade of out-of-control deficit spending. That said, there is little agreement on how to do so. The inclination on the right is to cut spending; the inclination on the left is to raise taxes.
Critics of proposals to reduce spending claim that younger workers will be short-changed. For example, when Paul Ryan proposed to reform Medicare by making the federal government's contribution ("premium support") grow less rapidly than the rate of medical inflation, critics charged that this would shift costs to future retirees.