Boehner: Raise Retirement Age to 70
American people need to know 'we're broke'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2010 3:18 PM CDT
House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

(Newser) – House Republican leader John Boehner thinks the retirement age should be raised to 70 for those who still have at least 20 years to go in the work force. "We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we're broke," he tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in a wide-ranging interview. He also thinks President Obama has alienated so many people that Republicans will win big in November.

Highlights:

  • GOP prospects: "The American people have written off the Democrats. They're willing to look at us again."
  • Health care: If the GOP retakes the House, "we are going to do everything we can to make sure that this law and this program never really takes effect."
  • Tea party: "There's a political rebellion brewing, and I don't think we've seen anything like it since 1776." Overreaching government is to blame, he says.
  • Financial reform: "This is killing an ant with a nuclear weapon." More transparency and better enforcement will fix things.