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story.lead_photo.caption U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (right) visits with Annie Abrams during a luncheon Tuesday at the Doubletree Hotel in Little Rock. Pryor spoke to the Rotary Club about the need to control federal spending. ( Staton Breidenthal)

Despite calling it “political dynamite,” Arkansas’ senior senator Mark Pryor said Tuesday that the country’s deep deficits and sputtering economy require overhauling Social Security and Medicare.

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Front Section, Pages 3 on 01/05/2011

Print Headline: Pryor: Programs must change


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Archived Comments

  • PackRat
    January 5, 2011 at 8:16 a.m.

    If this man really wants to cut expenses He should start with his salary and all of Government,Also bring all of government into Social Security with all of us that actually work for a living !!!
    Folks wouldn't it be great if we could vote ourselves a pay raise where we work. JUST REMEMBER AT ELECTION TIME THIS MAN AND THE OTHER IDIOTS MUST GO !!!!!!!!!

  • LevitiCuss
    January 5, 2011 at 9:15 a.m.

    SS is good for decades. If we raise the contribution ceiling ($106K?) to about $500K, it will be well-funded into perpetuity.
    Those *ssholes up in D.C. are just drooling over getting their hands on SS because it's the last big chunk of easy money that they haven't stolen from us (yet). This whole privatization scheme has nothing to do with helping us, and instead is all about making it easier for them to extract more from us.

  • Attaboy
    January 5, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.

    Mr. Pryor and the gang can cut all they want. The fact is China is well on its way in replacing the U.S. as the world’s largest economy. India won't be far behind. A recent news item indicated that a U.S. company has received the rights to NASA’s Intrifuge Rotary Cell Culture System to be used and operated in The People’s Republic of China for stem cell research. It's about time we tax payers see a little return on invest.

    January 5, 2011 at 11:31 p.m.

    Mark Pryor is a bone marrow liberal. He, as well as other Democrats are now proposing tax increases out the gazoot, plus cuts in programs (SS and Medicare)which is our money we have contributed through the years. They always say "WE" must cut.... What a bunch of hypocrites! They act as if the lethal budget defecit evolved from some unknown source\ like Chicken Little and the falling sky.... asking how did this happen and who caused it?

    Here is some data to think about:
    Voted YES on ObamaCare
    Voted YES on stimulous package that put us 9 $Trillion in debt
    Voted YES to permit minors to cross state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)

    Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
    Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008) (this gives illegals a legal place to hide)
    Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
    Voted with Democratic Party 87.1% of 326 votes. (Sep 2007)- Now 93.8% under Obama
    Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007

    Religious views

    Pryor is featured in the 2008, a Bill Maher Documentary
    in which he tells Maher that he could believe in Young Earth creationism
    He sees evolution as a feasible idea.
    He also states that he believes in the Rapture
    Pryor is affiliated with a political organization called "THE FAMILY"
    which has been involved in several recent scandals, and Senator Pryor has stated that through the Family he had learned
    that the separation of church and state was a sort of secular exaggeration and that “Jesus did not come to bring peace.
    Jesus came to take over.”

    Let's get this left wing LIBERAL guy out of office and out of our lives. Vote AGAINST Mark Pryor in 2012.