It’s about retirement — that time people hope to enjoy, and the reason they save money over the years.
Now we have U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell telling us Congress must “address” entitlements, meaning cut Social Security and Medicare. There is a better idea: Both parties need to quit raiding Social Security to make up shortfalls. And both parties need to pay back what they have “borrowed.” Also, it would be a good idea if wealthy people who receive Social Security actually paid into it, which they do not currently do because of income caps. That would bolster the funds.
Unfortunately, we have Republican control in both houses and the White House. We have no Democrats to block this plan to address Social Security. Those people who are concerned about cuts in entitlements need to show their concern by voting.
Then, at the state level, IPERS could also be on shaky ground. Gov. Kim Reynolds seems to have had some sort of epiphany and is now going to protect it, but her statement lacks certainty. She repeated several times that she wanted to make IPERS sustainable — it already is — and that she would not change benefits for those who are already receiving them. That leaves out people paying into IPERS now and those who will enter it in the future.
Is it possible Reynolds’ epiphany was the realization she would not be elected were she to mess with something that doesn’t need fixing?
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