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Boehner advocates raising retirement age

This isn’t Kansas-centric, but it’s still interesting. House Minority Leader John Boehner advocated raising the Social Security retirement age to 70 in an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

From the story:

Ensuring there’s enough money to pay for the war will require reforming the country’s entitlement system, Boehner said. He said he’d favor increasing the Social Security retirement age to 70 for people who have at least 20 years until retirement, tying cost-of-living increases to the consumer price index rather than wage inflation and limiting payments to those who need them.

“We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we’re broke,” Boehner said. “If you have substantial non-Social Security income while you’re retired, why are we paying you at a time when we’re broke? We just need to be honest with people.”

It’s been said that Social Security is the third-rail of American politics – bad things happen when you mess with it. Thoughts?

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