Discuss Question 28
28. FISCAL WISDOM: Elected officials should rescind and reject any pledges to special interest groups that would restrict them from considering comprehensive reform proposals, including pledges that prevent them from reforming social insurance programs (i.e. Medicare, Social Security) or from supporting higher federal revenues.
ANSWER: True – The existence of special interest pledges has been a prime contributor to gridlock in Washington. Pledges exist on both sides of the political aisle and ideological divide. They include those that pledge not to raise taxes, and those that pledge not to touch benefits for Social Security and Medicare. We know that both more revenue and less social insurance spending must be part of the solution, therefore pledging not to consider these is irresponsible. All elected officials should rescind and reject any pledges to special interest groups that restrict them from making the tough choices necessary to put our nation’s fiscal house in order.