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Canada Calls for More Federal Dollars for the Young

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 06:57 AM

The president of the Harlem Children Zone said he's on the college campus circuit to gin up student activism around entitlement spending. As it is, Geoffrey Canada said, seniors are erasing any chance for the next generation to have the safety net they will need and deserve.

"There are a lot of folk who have a lot of money who simply don't need social security. And we can't even begin to have a conversation around means testing for that group," he said. "It's unfair to the next generation."

Canada spoke to WNYC about his campaign, conducted in partnership with investor Stan Druckenmiller, to get college leaders engaged on this issue. 

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Comments [8]

Donna Gratehouse from Phoenix, AZ

Why would Canada assume that cuts to Social Security would be handed straight to programs for children rather than used to pay down the debt or given to rich people for more tax cuts?

Oct. 27 2013 04:01 PM
Demian

I think the phrase, "Uncle Tom" applies here

Oct. 19 2013 09:49 PM
Ed Robinson

Maybe Canada can find some billionaires to fund a movie directed by Davis Guggenheim about a Robin Hood that robs the old to feed the young.

Oct. 19 2013 09:12 PM
Carol Burris

Shame on Canada. He is too smart to know what will happen when means testing begins. Over time, social security will be seen as welfare for the elderly who qualify. Its strength is its universality.

Oct. 19 2013 09:00 PM
Jersey from New Jersey

Stanley Druckenmiller, the billionaire who is collaborating with Mr. Canada on this effort, heads the Board of Harlem Children's Zone and has given tens of millions to the organization. Might that have something to do with Mr. Canada's involvement? Hard to say no to the uber wealthy chair of your board as he tries to gut Social Security, the most effective wealth redistribution program in our country.

Perhaps the goal is to make the elderly the new bogey man, so that the young focus on taking resources from them rather than on fairly taxing those, like Mr. Druckenmiller, who have so much more to give?

Oct. 19 2013 08:51 PM
Stills from New Jersey

Very troubling that WNYC aired this opinion without asking the obvious question - why not make a simple adjustment of the social security tax upper limit? The only way Mr. Canada's logic makes any sense is with the false ssumption that taxes on the wealthy must always continue to go down, until they are contributing almost nothing to the society which supplies their luxuries.
Means testing of these programs is a poison pill. If social security and medicare are not part of the financial goods of the wealthy and the upper middle class, they become welfare programs. It is easy to to take away from the powerless - look at the recent efforts to gut the food stamp program, for example.

Oct. 18 2013 01:24 PM
sp from nyc

Did I miss the part where Canada demands that the uber rich and corporations pay reasonable taxes to fund quality public services? Oops--forgot that he gets all his funding from "charity" of said same 1%, so makes more sense to demand that the 99% give up what little they have to fund his priorities.

Oct. 18 2013 12:00 PM
sp from nyc

Did I miss the part where Canada demands that the uber rich and corporations pay reasonable taxes to fund quality public services? Oops--forgot that he gets all his funding from "charity" of said same 1%, so makes more sense to demand that the 99% give up what little they have to fund his priorities.

Oct. 18 2013 12:00 PM

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