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In debt talks, everybody's got to put something on the table

2:01 PM EST, December 31, 2012

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Everyone needs to put something on the table for any resolution of the debt crisis to move forward ("McConnell key to 'cliff' deal," Dec. 27).

I am newly retired and living on a fixed income, but I will rejoin the work world if I think I need the added security. I understand how Medicare and Social Security work, but I also recognize that my generation and the one just before mine are getting a subsidy that is too big for the country to sustain.

I would put Medicare and Social Security on the table. We get a lot of expensive and wasteful care at the end of life under Medicare, and we ought to raise the retirement age on folks like me and cut out the cost-of-living increases. From my son's perspective, what we have now looks like a pyramid scheme.

He is right. We get back far more than we ever put in unless we don't die soon. In the meantime we still need a financially secure and productive younger generation to secure the country's future.

I don't want to go out tagged as being the generation that dragged the country down. So that's my ante. What's yours?

Avery Harden

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