Going after Social Security on Day 1
Speaking with Business Insider, one anonymous Republican lawmaker had a lot to say about the process of “entitlement reform.”
“Entitlement reform always takes leadership at the presidential level, and it also takes — by the way, real reform takes bipartisanship. … Look, I’m not trying to cast blame,” the Republican lawmaker said. “Nobody’s gotten serious about entitlement reform. So if we’re worried about the debt in 10 years, when we get serious about entitlement reform, then I’ll know we’re serious about the debt. Otherwise it’s a talking-point issue back and forth.”
It doesn’t sound like everybody is in sync on exactly what they’re going to do to Social Security and the rest, but there is real movement in Washington on using entitlements to cover the pending debt created by the new tax bill. But the most interesting thing this lawmaker said about entitlement reform? That Donald Trump wouldn’t be willing to go after Social Security “until the first day of his second term, he told me once.”
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