Any successful effort to reduce or eliminate social security for the wealthy is effectively a death knell of this program for the middle class as well. Even if it starts off as drawing a line say at say $500K per year or a net worth of $5million, there would simply be too much money involved in lowering the bar to expect that politicians of either party will be able to resist that temptation in the future. Pretty soon anyone with any kind of 401K or pension plan would be defined as "wealthy" for purposes of (not) collecting social security.
It reminds me of the joke where an older man asks a young woman if she would sleep with him for a million dollars. After thinking it over the young woman agrees to the proposition. When the man makes a second offer asking if the girl would sleep with him for a single dollar. The young woman takes offense at this and asks him what kind of a girl did he think that she was? The response of course is that "We have already established that my dear. Now were are merely haggling over the price".
[QUOTE=chiefst2000;4387196]Romney's plan is a comprehensive tax reform. He reduces rates while eliminating or reducing certain deductions. Not quite revenue neutral but close to it. He also proposed phasing out or reduction of Social Security and Medicare benefits for the wealthy.[/QUOTE]
You mean like Paul Ryan who talks about eliminating deductions but never gets specific on which ones. Without taking a knife to all the sacred cow deductions all of these tax reform proposals aren't worth used toilet paper. These deductions will not be tackled. Mortgage interest, charitible deductions, farm subsidies, Health insurance for Cadilac plans, they aren't going to do it.
The reality is that there is very little substantive difference between Obama and Romney. Of course they will spend the next 7 months wasting hundreds of millions of dollars trying to convince voters that is not the case.
Bottom line: Romney is a moderate republican and will govern from the center-right. I have a feeling that should he win the election, he will end up pissing off the conservatives more then the democrats over the course of his administration.
[QUOTE=FF2®;4435193]belonging to a church is a wonderful thing for some people and if you want to give money to a church that's your choice.
But donations to a church are NOT the same as donations to a charity.[/QUOTE]
Of course they are the same. Many religins run soup kitchens and other help for the poor and less fortunate.
AND, most religions are FAR more efficient with their spending than "charitable" organizations which squander donations on high executive salaries and recruiting measures. See United Way which is notoriously inefficient and corrupt.