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Kucinich Offers Plan To Boost Employment

Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich has unveiled a plan that he says will put one million people back to work. It would reduce the age for early social security eligibility from 62 to 60, which the congressman says would allow up to four million people who would like to leave their jobs, to do so without financial penalty. The change in the age requirement would run only five years, and the congressman proposes paying for it plan through unspent funding in the stimulus plan.

Kucinich did not address what economists have been saying for years, which is that Social Security’s long-term viability is in doubt unless taxes are raised, or the retirement age is pushed back, not forward.

At a news conference, he offered only a token answer to a question about some Ohio Republicans calling the idea "ludicrous".

As of Monday the plan had not been brought before other congressional members.

Kucinich says he will begin that process today (Tuesday).

Rick Jackson is a senior host and producer at Ideastream Public Media. He hosts the "Sound of Ideas" on WKSU and "NewsDepth" on WVIZ.