Free Exchange objects to soaking the rich. "Soaking the rich" means not allowing us a total exemption from social security payments after a certain amount of income. I don't like it either - and Drum makes a good case for incrementalism, both politically and fiscally. But the more we discuss these options, the better. And on that matter, a word of praise for John Boehner who has finally managed to propose something that might actually help the country's perilous finances:

Boehner also called for means-testing Social Security so that retirees with “substantial non-Social Security income” don’t get payments. This should be popular with upper-middle-class Republican voters, whose great complaint has always been that the government insists on giving them too much money.

Why does Collins mock a Republican the minute he gets serious about fiscal responsibility?

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