I am just fed up with all the posturing and threatening to shut the government down if the Republicans don't get their way. They might as well take out the provision in the bill that will effectively privatize Medicare and probably do away with Medicaid altogether. It'll never pass the senate, and then the government will shut down for a couple of days until they finally decide to cooperate with each other. Then, the namby-pamby Democrats, and their (ok, OUR) fearless leader, will give away the store in order to pass the budget, and there will be hell to pay.
In the meantime, they might not send out my Social Security check (or, in my case, direct deposit), and that'll make me even madder. I might need to go ahead and double up on my blood pressure medication, just in case.
By the way, IMHO, somebody needs to take that fool Rep. Ryan out behind the woodshed and tan his hide good. He has no idea what would happen if his ideas were actually put into effect.
I think the Republicans know that if they don't succeed in doing away with desperately needed entitlements now, by the time the Baby Boomers become eligible for Social Security, in full force, they won't be able to do it in the foreseeable future. They're not worried about Social Security going broke. They're worrying about the Boomers finally realizing that most of them need the entitlements, and, by that time, there are too many of them to fight.
Stay tuned. :(