Tuesday, January 31, 2006

State of the Union '06 - Social Security ...

He's feeling it now. To raise Social Security as a central issue again after its stunning legislative death in Congress last year shows a certain amount of obstinance and determination on the part of this President. This is very compelling ... and bold. Still, the failure of Democrats to present an alternative plan contributed to this issue being raised as a central theme again.

Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security, yet the rising cost of entitlements is a problem that is not going away - and with every year we fail to act, the situation gets worse. So tonight, I ask you to join me in creating a commission to examine the full impact of Baby Boom retirements on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. This commission should include Members of Congress of both parties, and offer bipartisan answers. We need to put aside partisan politics, work together, and get this problem solved.

The focus, now, is on the impact of Baby Boomers.