There was actually a news-worthy moment in Mitch Daniels response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. He said:
Decades ago, for instance, we could afford to send millionaires pension checks and pay medical bills for even the wealthiest among us. Now, we can’t, so the dollars we have should be devoted to those who need them most.
The mortal enemies of Social Security and Medicare are those who, in contempt of the plain arithmetic, continue to mislead Americans that we should change nothing. Listening to them much longer will mean that these proud programs implode, and take the American economy with them. It will mean that coming generations are denied the jobs they need in their youth and the protection they deserve in their later years.
I would prefer to slowly dismember Social Security and Medicare and instead let us re-learn how to take care of ourselves and our neighbors without going through Washington.