Word to the Fiscal Commission: Hands off Social Security
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When you've bitten off more than you can chew, the solution is to spit some of it out. So, the commission should quietly remove Social Security from it's plate.
Then, perhaps they can start over, and this time really give the deficit it's full attention without the distraction of Social Security. America needs and deserves more than a rushed draft report; that is, if the deficit is important enough to rate more than the commission's unfinished work and the chairmen's draft proposals.
The commission needs to start again, with a narrow focus on deficit reduction and without the distraction of Social Security, and do the hard work of building a consensus and presenting solutions that all the members of the commission can stand behind.
Otherwise, what's the point of a panel that tries to do work outside its scope, without finishing the work it was intended to do in the first place?