Younger Americans might give up receiving Social Security
Recently, we have been hearing more and more people suggest that maybe younger Americans should give up the thought of receiving anything from Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. Folks have suggested they would still be willing to pay into those systems to protect our current seniors and to save our country for our children and grandchildren.
This is the real spirit of the Tea Party. We can look out for ourselves and for each other. We don't need or want the government to do it for us. We have seen where the "big government" approach takes us: impossible promises and a future mortgaged beyond the lifetimes of our children's children.
Doing the right thing isn't always easy, but it's always right. The real solution is fiscal discipline and entitlement reform. Source: Tea Party Patriots, by M.Meckler & J.B.Martin, p. 62. Feb 14, 2012
Older citizens have earned Social Security
We felt skeptical that Tea Partiers opposed major US entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare, given the obvious demographic facts of Tea Party life. Tea Party people know that Social Security, Medicare, and veteran's programs are government- managed, expensive, and funded with taxes. It is just that they distinguish these programs, which they feel recipients have "earned", from other social benefits, which they feel unnecessarily run up expenses. Or might run up public costs in the future-- placing a burden on hardworking taxpayers to make payments to freeloaders who have not earned public support.
Much of the Tea Party brouhaha about the "federal budget deficit" is a preemptive strike against funding for unworthy programs and recipients, not a call for cutting off spending on programs like Medicare and Social Security that currently benefits people like them. There is a strong sense among Tea Party people that they have earned these social protections through lifetimes of hard work. Source: The Remaking of Republican Conservatism, p. 59-60. Jan 2, 2012
Increase the payroll tax to sustain Social Security
Not a single grassroots Tea Party supporter we encountered argued for privatization of Social Security or Medicare. Even a Virginia man who calls Social Security a "Ponzi scheme," noted that the Bush plan for the privatization of Social Security, which he supported at the time, would have been disastrous for seniors in this economy. There is almost nothing done by the government that the private sector cannot do better; but when pressed on Social Security, he stops short and gropes for a halfway point; he might privatize the administration, he tentatively suggests, but not the funds themselves.
When Tea Partiers expressed concerns to us about Social Security and Medicare, they focused on how to keep the programs solvent, even if additional taxes might be needed. Indeed, broad surveys show that Tea Party supporters prefer new revenues to sustain Social Security over the long haul. For avowed Tea Party supporters, 2/3 of them support increasing the payroll tax to sustain Social Security. Source: The Remaking of Republican Conservatism, p. 61-62. Jan 2, 2012