Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Social Security at the MSNBC Debate

I'm just finally watching the MSNBC debate from Dartmouth as a means of avoiding writing my paper and studying for my test. If you haven't seen it, you can find it here.

Social Security starts at around the 60 1/2 minute mark and the answers are really pretty interesting, because this is one of the few domestic policy issues where there is pretty strong disagreement within the field.

As I watch it, Clinton, Richardson, and, sadly, Dodd, make me want to vomit.


Espo said...

Unfortunately MSNBC hates my computer, what are the Clinton/Richardson/Dodd plans? Who has the best?

Alton Brooks Parker said...

Clinton wouldn't give any options that she would or would not put on the table for negotiations. She said that she wouldn't negotiate until we had "returned to fiscal discipline".

Richardson said that we could just grow the economy, balance the budget, and that Social Security would fix itself.

Dodd, like Obama, Edwards, and Biden would raise the cap on payroll taxes, but only up to $500,000 (rather than eliminating the cap altogether). What really sucked about his answer was that he called raising the cap any higher than $500,000 would be "draconian".