letters | mass. democrats draw a line on benefits

Irresponsible for Democrats to put benefits off limits

THE GLOBE’S front-page article “State’s House members firm against benefit cuts” (Nov. 30) paints a sorry picture of intransigence on the part of our all-blue delegation. The actuarial predicaments of Social Security (minor) and Medicare (major) are well and widely known. The collective attitude of our state’s congressional delegation suggests either a willful ignorance of the facts, or outright hubris.

In order to achieve more than lip service regarding a balanced approach to deficit reduction, the Democratic Party must acknowledge that entitlement promises are out of whack with current funding. Something must be done with respect to entitlements — delayed eligibility, means-testing, higher taxes, or some combination. It is irresponsible to take the position that entitlement programs are untouchable.

Fred Ehrhardt

Lynnfield

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