It’s time for some sense and sensibility. Conservative principles and values are sending the middle class Americans to the poor house.  Republicans are pandering to the lowest common denominator to get votes.  Republicans need to consider what the country needs. Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!    

Romney proposed Social Security reforms: gradually raise the retirement age.   Reality: This is a red-herring to trick you into agreeing to benefit cuts. Retirees are living about the same amount of time as they were in the 1930s. The reason average life expectancy is higher is mostly because many fewer people die as children than did 70 years ago.3 What’s more, what gains there have been are distributed very unevenly–since 1972, life expectancy increased by 6.5 years for workers in the top half of the income brackets, but by less than 2 years for those in the bottom half.4 But those intent on cutting Social Security love this argument because raising the retirement age is the same as an across-the-board benefit cut.  http://pol.moveon.org/ssmyths/

Romney proposed keeping Medicare just as it is for everybody currently in or close to the system. But he would slowly introduce a premium support system.   The Romney approach sets up an experiment that intense competition among private insurers will lead to more innovation and cost reduction.  We can’t really be sure that this works.  If  it doesn’t, seniors will stay in Medicare and conservatives will have a lot of rethinking to do.   Romney’s plan still has some holes in it (how fast would premium supports grow?)    Many reporters claimed that the Romney approach is similar to the Paul Ryan plan.  By David Brooks  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11…