Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Granny Killer: It’s not just Medicare - Trump budget eyes Social Security cuts, too

Mod: Despite his campaign promises to never ever cut Social Security and Medicare, Trump now wants to cut Social Security and Medicare. No surprises there. As always, Trump lies. Besides, how else will the country be able to pay for all the big budget killing tax cuts he gave himself and his crime family?

It’s not just Medicare: Trump budget eyes Social Security cuts, too (MSNBC link): “I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” Donald Trump declared in 2015. “Every other Republican’s going to cut, and even if they wouldn’t, they don’t know what to do because they don’t know where the money is. I do. I do.”

It became a staple of his entire national candidacy: no matter what, Americans could count on him to champion these social-insurance programs.

Four years later, the president is, in fact, proposing deep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. As the New York Times reported, Trump’s newly proposed budget completes the trifecta by targeting Social Security, too. The administration also proposes spending $26 billion less on Social Security programs, including a $10 billion cut to the Social Security Disability Insurance program.

As we discussed earlier, the problem with a proposal like this one isn’t necessarily practical: with a Democratic-led U.S. House, there’s simply no way policymakers will endorse the White House’s budget blueprint or enact the cuts Trump supports.

Rather, what this represents is a political problem on a variety of fronts. It’s obviously, for example, a profound broken promise: as a Republican candidate, Trump swore up and down for months that he’d never try to cut Social Security, but here he is anyway, doing the opposite of what he said he’d do.

It’s also a policy failure: a whole lot of us predicted that the president and his allies would go after popular social-insurance programs – often referred to as “entitlements” – as a way to help pay for the Republican tax breaks for the wealthy. With his new budget plan, Trump is helping prove the point.

But of particular interest is a period of time known as “last fall.” As regular readers probably recall, as the 2018 midterm elections drew closer, a variety of Republican leaders, cognizant of broad public support for programs like Medicare and Social Security, said it’s GOP officials who really support the programs – reality be damned.

Trump led the way, going so far as to argue just six months ago, “We’re saving Social Security; the Democrats will destroy Social Security. We’re saving Medicare; the Democrats want to destroy Medicare.” The president has pushed the same message at many of his campaign rallies.

Soon after, voters handed Democrats their biggest wins in U.S. House races since the Watergate era – which, for some reason, the president interpreted as a justification to betray his own assurances to voters. When House Republicans are invited to vote up or down on the Trump budget, it’ll be an interesting test of just how far they’re willing to go to align themselves with an unpopular president’s unpopular agenda.

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30 comments:

  1. Thief and fraud! We paid in over our life times!

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    1. And you should be able to get it back with interest...except the government spent it all.

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    2. I get my Social Security check every month. Like clockwork. Maybe if you weren’t such a deadbeat you’d be getting one as well.

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    3. No, I'm too busy paying yours...pretty sure when I get to that age there will be nothing left...deadbeats like you too out way more than you put in.

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    4. 4:19 is a simp who doesn’t even know what Social Security is...

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  2. Sarah Sanders Denies Knowledge of Porn Payoff, Flees Press Briefing

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders capped off her first on-camera briefing in 42 days with a series of reality-bending statements—Donald Trump “privately condemned” racist remarks by Rep. Steve King; reporters should ask Democrats whether they hate Jews—followed by a final, masterful dodge. Referring to Michael Cohen’s bombshell testimony before Congress, in which he said Trump reimbursed his hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels, a reporter asked Sanders point-blank why Trump had paid Cohen. “He testified about this, he specifically accused the president of engaging in a conspiracy to conceal campaign-finance violations,” the reporter said. “He presented a check.”

    What followed was a full minute of Sanders denying that Trump had violated campaign finance laws, despite Trump’s own admissions that the payments occurred, and Cohen’s testimony that the $130,000 was intended to keep Daniels from influencing the election. Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, has also acknowledged that the payments were designed to keep Daniels silent. “The president has been clear that there wasn’t campaign-finance violations,” Sanders said.

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/03/sarah-sanders-michael-cohen-press-briefing

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    1. Sarah was a special needs hire.

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    2. Nepotism goes along ways at the Trump White House.

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  3. Trump's new budget abandons all pretense of being fiscally responsible


    Trump’s new budget abandons all pretense of being fiscally responsible. It doesn't even call for a balanced budget in ten years.

    President Donald Trump’s new budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020, which was released on Monday, breaks with his repeated campaign promises to rein in the debt and eliminate the deficit.

    The newly released budget document — which has very little chance of being enacted wholesale, but nevertheless kicks off the annual federal budget process by articulating the administration’s priorities — calls for massive cuts in domestic programs, increases defense spending, and renews the president’s traditional call for billions of dollars to be allocated for the purpose of building a wall on the Mexican border. Trump has been continually rebuffed by Congress on that last request.

    Nonetheless, the document’s intended message contends to be one of fiscal discipline.

    “My 2020 Budget builds on the tremendous progress we have made and provides a clear roadmap for the Congress to bring Federal spending and debt under control. We must protect future generations from Washington’s habitual deficit spending,” Trump writes in the “budget message of the president” the precedes the budget document’s accounting.

    However, increasing the larger defense budget while simultaneously cutting the relatively small domestic programs and maintaining lower corporate taxes is not a recipe for fiscal security, according to the numbers actually contained within the administration’s proposal.

    The stark fiscal reality is not what candidate Trump promised before he was elected.

    https://thinkprogress.org/trump-budget-broken-promises-deficit-debt-d09489905303/

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  4. Trump’s promises are less than useless.

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    1. Much like any promise the government make to you.

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    2. “Make to you.”

      Da!

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  5. We love his agenda, cut the entitlement programs and get welfare recipients to work at least 20hrs; a week would be even greater.
    President Trump is here to stay, period.
    Clean up the swamp, clean out the clutter from poor legislative decisions, if we were able to appoint President Trump for life to serve as President, we would. MAGA.

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    1. Social Security is paid for by the paycheck contributions of millions of Americans who actually work for a living. That you advocate for stealing that money to pay for the Koch Bros tax cuts makes you a colossal creep.

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    2. Trumpies lie, old folks die.

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    3. Another "we" comment from Russia.

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    4. Tea Party senior genocide.

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    5. Social Security is also paying out to a lot of people that never put in a dime.

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    6. In Hitler’s Germany they used to execute the mentally and physically infirm. No Social Security for them!

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    7. This is a troll

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  6. Time to vote his crazy budget plan DOWN in flames like his going that way also, someone buy him a ticket on a 787 Max-8 aircraft we need to test the ignorant theory the FAA and Boeing have about the safety of this 8-Ball aircraft? We already know about the crazy one call djt.

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    1. You sound like you know a lot about crazy.

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    2. Sure. Following Trump is quite an education in crazy. You, too!

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  7. Then 8:23am you would agree that the SS money has already been spent by this Government; check into the future date of the program being insolvent, then ask your self Why!!!

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    1. Trump and the GOP “Slavery Caucus” want the rest.

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    2. As long as the US “prints” money, it won’t be insolvent.

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  8. Now all America and the world knows how 'commander an chief bone spurs' got into a Ivy League educational institution, and graduated too. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/feds-uncover-massive-college-entrance-exam-cheating-plot-n982136

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  9. Oh my gosh, another EXsupporter exposes that 'con-man called djt' read all about it in his home state of FL. https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20190311/ann-coulter-rips-shallow-narcissistic-conman-trump-lying-media-at-forum-club

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  10. Ah oh, Brexit Deal No More.

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