Jansing & Co. , 12/12/12, 7:00 PM ET

Rep. Speier: 'Raising the retirement age is just stupid'

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said during an appearance on Jansing & Co. that she thinks “raising the retirement age is just stupid” and that she’s absolutely willing to compromise on the fiscal cliff and she suggests looking at making cuts to...

Rep. Speier: “Raising the retirement age is just stupid”

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“I think raising the retirement age is just stupid,” said Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., on Jansing & Co.

Her comment came in response to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll that shows 56% of voters will blame both parties if a deal isn’t reached on the fiscal cliff.

Speier, “I think that in the end if we don’t fix this that we’re all going to be nailed. And I think we come here with the responsibility to find ways to compromise and there are ways to compromise within the Medicare system without doing stupid things and I think raising the retirement age is just stupid.”

She suggested looking at the defense budget for cuts.

“No one is talking about defense, yet that is a plump budget. We just found out from the Air Force that they scuttled one of their programs because it was not going to work and it was already a billion dollars that we had spent on a computer system. So there’s lots of areas that we can look at and I’m willing to do that,” Speier continued.

Speier said there would be a huge crisis economically for the world if we go over the fiscal cliff and she’s willing to compromise to get a deal but insisted that raising the retirement age for medicare isn’t a good option.

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Rep. Speier: "Raising the retirement age is just stupid"

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