As noted here yesterday, Rep. John Boehner said what many, maybe most, officials in Washington DC think: the retirement age for Social Security should go up. But of course, here in Powertown, stating the obvious can get you in trouble.
And so Boehner's office dredged up a long list of nearly identical comments on Social Security from top Democrats, and passed them on to Hotline. In the words of Hotline reporter Reid Wilson, summing up the state of play:
Boehner's comments, made in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, have given Dems an easy target for today. But once upon a time, Dems thought raising the retirement age wasn't such a bad idea.
And then Wilson cites a string of top Democrats and their quotes:
House Maj. Whip James Clyburn's official website says raising the age can keep Social Security solvent. "With minor changes to the program such as raising the salary cap and raising the retirement age by one month every year, the program could become solvent for the next 75 years," Clyburn's website says.
Just last week, House Maj. Leader Steny Hoyer told an audience at an event for Third Way, the centrist think tank, "we could and should consider a higher retirement age."