And as unthinkable as that may sound, the Right and the Left share more than one belief regarding Social Security—support for the program has consistently been a shared value between parties no matter how rancorous relations may be.
But as we know by now, Democrats and Republicans can and will almost always find SOMETHING to argue about, and Social Security is no different than any other program or issue in that respect.
The parties still find plenty to fight about—especially when they’re asked to come up with a policy to fix the Trust Fund’s solvency problem. Partisan refusal to yield—or even entertain the argument in the first place—is a huge part of why we’ve arrived at the doorstep of insolvency yet again.
Facing a similar crisis 35 years ago, Congress had no choice but to buckle down and focus on the things they agreed about—namely that Social Security is a program worth saving—so they could come to an accord on the things they didn’t. The resulting legislation staved off a funding shortfall that would have had a dramatic effect on millions of retirees.
Any good mediator will tell you finding common ground is a critical component of resolving conflict and reaching solutions. In this case, the parties can easily find commonality in the shared appreciation for a program that benefits millions of Americans.
But that’s not the only place where Democrats and Republicans can harmonize on Social Security.
Check out this article over at The Motley Fool to see where the Right and the Left can agree to agree on the Social Security Trust Fund.