Now Alan Simpson and Pete Peterson both make a fetish out of saying that the reason they want to "reform" social security is so it will be there for their grandkids. It's the emotional thrust of their whole argument. They also offer constant reassurance that the "greedy geezers" will not suffer any loss. So why then, knowing that their grandkids are already going to see a benefit shortfall of 20%, are they trying to make the situation even worse and cause a shortfall of another 15 to 20%? It doesn't make sense. Doesn't logic call for them to find more revenue so their precious grandkids could have the same amount seniors get today? Or at the very least, if they can't bear to raise taxes even for their own noble cause, why won't they leave it at only a 20% shortfall rather than cut benefits even more?
Maybe it's too complicated, but in debates this fall I'd really love to see Democrats pose the question to their GOP rivals: if social security is going broke why are you trying to cut it more? I'd at least be interested in hearing how they explain why they are trying to destroy the safety net in order to save it.
Keep it simple, stupid!
p.s. As a clarifying subtext for why Simpson, Peterson & Co. are in such a self-contradictory place, digby points out:
Back when they were pushing privatization, they could say that they wanted to offer their grandkids the opportunity for a better "return" by allowing them to invest what's left after the cuts in a roaring stock market. But privatization isn't on the table this time, for obvious reasons. Now they are just nonsensically saying that their grandkids are being cheated and because they love them so much they need to cheat them even more. I've heard of tough love, but this is just cruel.
p.p.s. As for contradiction #2, for which there really is no explanation I can think of other than the sheer brilliance and hubris of our President: This is supposed to be a deficit/debt reduction commission. By law, Social Security cannot add to the debt. It's separately funded. So why is it even up for discussion?