House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) believes that a
"political rebellion" akin to the American revolution of 1776 is
brewing, that the Social Security retirement age should be raised to 70,
and that the Wall Street reform bill currently moving through Congress
is comparable to "killing an ant with a nuclear weapon."
In an explosive interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
GOP leader also charged that Democrats are "snuffing out the America
that I grew up in." He added, "Right now, we've got more Americans
engaged in their government than at any time in our history. There's a
political rebellion brewing, and I don't think we've seen anything like
it since 1776."
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Ensuring there's enough money to pay for the war will require reforming
the country's entitlement system, Boehner said. He said he'd favor
increasing the Social Security retirement age to 70 for people who have
at least 20 years until retirement, tying cost-of-living increases to
the consumer price index rather than wage inflation and limiting
payments to those who need them.
"We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we're
broke," Boehner said. "If you have substantial non-Social Security
income while you're retired, why are we paying you at a time when we're
broke? We just need to be honest with people.