Sen. Barbara Mikulski leads “occupation” of the Super Committee

posted at 4:25 pm on November 18, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Never mind the abundant evidence of the violent impulses of the Occupy Wall Street movement: Democrats are happy to associate themselves with the movement by appropriating their language. Yesterday, Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski led what she called an “occupation” of the Joint Select Committee for Deficit Reduction (a.k.a. the Super Committee) to warn committee members not to cut Social Security or healthcare (h/t David Hauptmann):

“Are we ready to fight?” Mikulski asked the standing-room-only crowd at the event in support of Social Security held with Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.

The response? An emphatic “yes.”

“Social Security did not cause the deficit. It did not cause the debt,” Mikulski said. “My solution — let’s bring those troops home. Let’s bring our money back home, and let’s bring our jobs back home.”

What irresponsible fear-mongering on Mikulski’s part! Perhaps Social Security alone did not cause the deficit — but it’s absolutely a contributing factor. Combine it with the other major entitlement programs and it is arguably the largest driver of our debt and deficit problem. By 2049, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will consume all tax revenues. Medicare spending is adding to future deficits faster than any other spending.

OK, but defense spending is comparably problematic, right? It’s just a difference in priorities? Rs favor funding defense, Ds favor funding entitlements? Nope. Defense spending is nowhere near the level of entitlement spending. Two graphs to illustrate my point:

Defense Spending vs. Entitlement Spending

As this chart illustrates, completely eliminating vital defense spending would still not solve the entitlement spending problem.

Entitlement Debt Dwarfs Other Spending

And, as this second chart illustrates, entitlement debt dwarfs other spending.

Yes, it’s scary for seniors to consider a future without Social Security. But only Democrats are suggesting we risk implosion. The Big Three entitlement programs are unsustainable unless we take steps to reform them. And what are the steps the Super Committee has considered? Nothing more drastic than raising the Social Security and Medicare retirement ages, raising co-pays and premiums for Medicare and making adjustments to the cost-of-living benefit formula. These are not extreme; they’re sensible. If even something so small as raising the retirement age is off-limits, my generation is really right to not expect Social Security to be around when we hit that retirement age. Great, we’ll hit it faster — but, by then, it’ll just be an age, no hint of guaranteed retirement about it.

P.S. I don’t really fault Dems for appropriating the term “occupy.” Some of my favorite tweets these days do the same. I particularly like The Heritage Foundation’s James Carfano’s recent advice to protesters to “occupy … a desk.”


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I thought that midget wench was retiring.

SouthernGent on November 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice for one of the Republicans to tell the old bag to stuff it!

Africanus on November 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

“Are we ready to fight?” Mikulski asked

Yeah, go ahead and ‘fight’. After the programs implode, Barbie can make all the payments out of her own wallet.

GarandFan on November 18, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Gads, sorry to be tacky, but that is one ugly female picture! Now supper will be on hold for my stomach to settle down!
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letget on November 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

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letget on November 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

You beat me to it….

idesign on November 18, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Next thing you know she’ll be taking a dump on John Kyl’s car.

WarEagle01 on November 18, 2011 at 4:36 PM

“Yes, it’s scary for seniors to consider a future without Social Security. But only Democrats are suggesting we risk implosion.”

If only someone had attempted to address this issue a few years ago, we wouldn’t be in the pickle we are in today…

… I mean, who would have opposed that?

Oh, wait…!

Seven Percent Solution on November 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Is she Helen Thomas’ little sister?

listens2glenn on November 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Why is that photo of Kim Jong-il associated with this story?

rogerb on November 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM

I thought Obamacare made health care free for everyone. Where’s the problem?

angryed on November 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Stick a pin in her and she’d expel enough fast moving hot air to propel her into orbit.

rplat on November 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

did she do hand twinkles and human microphone? love me that stuff/

ted c on November 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

There has to be some connection between a Demo and the ugly.

betsyz on November 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Gads, sorry to be tacky, but that is one ugly female picture! Now supper will be on hold for my stomach to settle down!
L

letget on November 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Check out Rosa DeLauro. Add Henry Waxman and you’d have the ugliest couple in congress and they’re both Dems.

cartooner on November 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM

I can’t understand the people who vote for dems. This is just commonsense, if you want to look at the numbers. It can’t hold up. The whole thing becomes top heavy, just like a pyramid turned upside down. It will fall over. I explained that better than Rick Perry.

Mirimichi on November 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM

“Occupy Reality”

Wine_N_Dine on November 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM

There must have been a free buffet for Barbara to show up and graze…

Khun Joe on November 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Stick a pin in her and she’d expel enough fast moving hot air to propel her into orbit.

rplat on November 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

: )

listens2glenn on November 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Anybody with two brain cells who saw the list of Dems on that committee knew there wasn’t a snowball’s chance against the Kraken of anything of value coming out of it.

mankai on November 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Is that the woman who played Seinfeld’s Aunt Manya in the Pony Remark episode?

BuckeyeSam on November 18, 2011 at 5:01 PM

She’s corrupt and a liar.

We took in 2.17 trillion in taxes for 2011.

We spent 2.17 on entitlememts. Every cent of revenue went to entitlements … every damn penny.

We had to borrow from China for our own damn defense.

darwin on November 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Let’s see if I have the Senate Rules Committee rules right…

- “Occupying” the SuperDuperÜber Committee – good
- Offering an alternative that actually shrinks government – bad

Thanks for the clarification, Chuckie Schumer.

Steve Eggleston on November 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Where do these cretins come from?

/Soylent Green? Or Solyndra?

Key West Reader on November 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Sit down and have another ham sandwich.

peski on November 18, 2011 at 5:26 PM

We spent 2.17 on entitlememts. Every cent of revenue went to entitlements … every damn penny.

We had to borrow from China for our own damn defense.

darwin on November 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

America now faces its obligations from the progressives whose only wish was to socialize America.

Nikita said to Kennedy’s face, “Your grandchildren will be communists”

Occupy Wall Street.

Key West Reader on November 18, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Where do these cretins come from?

/Soylent Green? Or Solyndra?

Key West Reader on November 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Soylent Solyndra

Steve Eggleston on November 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM

I don’t really fault Dems for appropriating the term “occupy.” Some of my favorite tweets these days do the same.

http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=27560

malclave on November 18, 2011 at 5:30 PM

We had to borrow from China for our own damn defense.

darwin on November 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

And borrow money from the ChiComs to give to Hamas.

batterup on November 18, 2011 at 5:34 PM

We had to borrow from China for our own damn defense.
 
darwin on November 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

 
And borrow money from the ChiComs to give to Hamas.
 
batterup on November 18, 2011 at 5:34 PM

 
And borrow money from the ChiComs to give to the ChiComs.

rogerb on November 18, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Next thing you know she’ll be taking a dump on John Kyl’s car.

WarEagle01 on November 18, 2011 at 4:36 PM

I thought she was the dump!

PrettyD_Vicious on November 18, 2011 at 6:14 PM

I’m embarrassed that Mikulski and Cardin are my senators.

nukemhill on November 18, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Whoa. I am suddenly overwhelmed with the urge to stick an apple in that mouth, yikes!

Codec717 on November 18, 2011 at 7:13 PM

WRONG

Bernie Sanders, D-Vt.

is self avowed SOCIALIST,
which the Democrats list as Independent,
However should be listed as Dependent but D already taken

mathewsjw on November 18, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Mikulski with the opening statement at the Democrat National Convention:

We represent the Lollipop Guild
The Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild.
And in the name of the Lollipop Guild
We wish to welcome you to Munchkin Land

BobMbx on November 18, 2011 at 7:59 PM

How stupid can these people get? God forbid, they have driver’s licenses…..

ultracon on November 18, 2011 at 8:50 PM

By 2049, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will consume all tax revenues.

Yeah, but by then she’ll be dead–if she isn’t already.

Athanasius on November 18, 2011 at 9:13 PM

MY EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MY EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
QUICK SOMEONE POUR HOT CHLOROX ON THEM!!!!!
I NEED TO ERADICATE THE VISION FROM MY RETINA!!!!!

Bubba Redneck on November 19, 2011 at 12:38 AM

Mob rule.

logis on November 19, 2011 at 1:37 AM

Isn’t this another one of the WA dems that stole a state wide election?

karenhasfreedom on November 19, 2011 at 4:06 AM