"You can't get this done without hits across the board, and if you are leaving people out all along the way, you can’t get it done."
- ALAN SIMPSONformer Republican Senator from Wyoming and co-chairman of the White House fiscal commission, on his disappointment in the president for not including more cuts to Social Security and other entitlements to reduce the national debt
"The idea that they're working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie."
- RICK PERRYTexas Governor, speaking in Iowa on Aug. 27, reiterating his belief that Social Security "is a Ponzi scheme" and saying that young people will not reap the benefits from their contributions to the program
"It's primarily economic desperation -- people on the margins who ... have no other place to go, and they take a shot at disability."
- MICHAEL ASTRUESocial Security commissioner, as laid-off workers and aging baby boomers flood Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward insolvency
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