On CNN, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) suggested that the way to make the "rich" pay their fair share of debt reduction is to means test their Social Security and Medicare, even right now (presumably) with current retirees, rather than raise taxes on those who are working. In a way, this makes sense. One can't complain about taking away benefits even right now that aren't actuarially justified by past FICA or Medicare tax "premium contributions". One of my points is that nobody has told us what those numbers are, and could Congress (or a consulting firm like Lewin) come up with the numbers by Aug. 2? I doubt it. That's generates another argument for the Bush gradual privatization proposal a few years ago. You know what you really earned!
Here's a perspective on Rand Paul's ideas from "The Daily Paul", link. "