I never mentioned Social Security or Medicare.
I did mention Medicaid for undocumented individuals; I mentioned long term unemployment with regards to those physically and mentally able to work.
I think you made a good suggestion on improving the Social Security funding as long as it is accompanied by provisions which prevent the Feds from raiding it as though it is a private piggy bank for entitlement spending.
Bring the troops home; unless I am mistaken, they are due out of Afghanistan in 2014. I've got no problem with closing up the 19 or 20 bases on Okinawa. Let the Japanese defend their own borders and participate in presenting a united front against the Chinese and North Koreans. Then station enough on both the Canadian and Mexican borders to keep our borders secure.
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