DEAN: I MISSPOKE
said Wednesday that he misspoke when he told the AFL-CIO he never favored raising the retirement age for Social Security benefits to age 70.
Dean acknowledged that he had called for such an increase when the country was faced with a deficit in 1995, but said he no longer thinks it is necessary. He said former President Clinton set an example of balancing the budget without raising the retirement age.
“Clinton proved that if you run a decent economy and have a budget surplus and some jobs, then you don’t need to raise the age to extend the life of Social Security,” Dean said in a telephone interview after The Associated Press questioned conflicting statements he has made on the issue.
Absent other evidence, I’ll gladly take his word that he simply forgot that he’d changed his mind.
The rest of this is just baffling, though. We were faced with a deficit in 1995; we’re faced with a deficit now.
And how did Clinton prove anything about Social Security?! Aside from the fact that nobody–not even the president–runs the economy, what does that have to do with the demographic time bomb that is Social Security? Did the Baby Boom generation all retire when Clinton was in office? No, they didn’t.