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Sat Aug 31, 2019, 11:24 AM

Trump, Mulvaney, and their "stealth" effort to destroy Social Security

Labor Day is a holiday designed to honor America’s workers. Instead, Donald Trump continues to attack them. Indeed, his administration is in the midst of a stealth effort that not only attacks workers but also our earned Social Security benefits and our federal government. The long-term goals of Trump and his Congressional allies are to destroy the labor movement, wreck the federal government, and end Social Security.

That may sound hyperbolic, but it is not. Trump’s latest stealth attack is not only anti-union, it will eventually make it so difficult to access Social Security benefits that some beneficiaries (particularly those attempting to qualify for their earned Social Security disability benefits) never receive them at all. Others will eventually claim their benefits, but only after an unnecessarily burdensome process of visiting field offices that are rarely open and have hours-long lines when they are.

Trump’s hostility to Social Security and Medicare is equally clear. He recently floated a proposal to reduce Social Security’s funding. Days later, he gloated over his intentions to cut Medicare as a “fun second-term project.”

The American people did not vote for these benefit cuts. In fact, Trump ran on a promise to protect Social Security and Medicare. This was a shrewd political strategy, given that voters of all political stripes strongly value our Social Security and strongly oppose cutting its modest but vital benefits. They strongly value our Medicare, as well. But as with his promise to raise taxes on the rich, to provide quality health care for everyone, even to act presidential, Trump has done the exact opposite now that he’s in the White House.

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/trumps-awful-labor-day-trifecta-attacking-workers-social-security-and-government-itself/


Trump's latest plan to undermine Social Security

BY NANCY ALTMAN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 08/21/19 06:30 PM EDT

https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/458280-trumps-latest-plan-to-undermine-social-security

Donald Trump recently floated cutting the Social Security contribution rate. Voters should not be fooled by this Trojan horse. It looks like a gift to working Americans. In reality, it is part of a longstanding effort to end Social Security.

The proposed cut is supposedly about stimulating the economy. But there are many better ways to achieve that goal. Indeed, cutting the Social Security contribution rate is a particularly poor way. The largest breaks would go to those with higher incomes — who are more likely to simply save the cut and less likely to spend it. Moreover, about one-fourth of those who work for state and local governments don’t participate in Social Security. Therefore, they would get nothing.

If Trump truly wanted to stimulate the economy through tax breaks, there are much more targeted, efficient ways to do that. He could reinstate the Making Work Pay Tax Credit, which President Obama and the Democrats in Congress employed in 2009 and 2010. Unlike cutting the Social Security contribution rate, that tax cut was targeted to those who were least likely to simply save it and most likely to spend it in their local economies immediately.

Despite the obvious advantages that the Making Work Pay Tax Credit provided, Republicans insisted that it be allowed to expire, and be replaced with a two percent cut in the Social Security contribution rate. Despite the disadvantages, the Social Security cut had one big advantage: It furthered a longstanding goal of conservatives – undermining Social Security.

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Reply Trump, Mulvaney, and their "stealth" effort to destroy Social Security (Original post)
Miles Archer Aug 2019 OP
dalton99a Aug 2019 #1
Iliyah Aug 2019 #2
dicksmc3 Aug 2019 #7
Skittles Sep 2019 #9
duforsure Aug 2019 #3
Wellstone ruled Aug 2019 #4
UniteFightBack Aug 2019 #5
RVN VET71 Aug 2019 #6
Miles Archer Aug 2019 #8
RVN VET71 Sep 2019 #10
Jeffersons Ghost Sep 2019 #11

Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 11:29 AM

1. POS Mulvaney and the deficit:


Mick Mulvaney in the Oval Office in May. In 2010, he defeated John Spratt, a Democrat, in South Carolina’s Fifth District. This year, he became the acting chief of staff to President Trump. Doug Mills/The New York Times

Of the 87 new Republicans elected to the House in 2010 — the most sweeping repudiation of a president and his political party in generations — one who has risen higher than most is Mick Mulvaney, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff.

In early September 2009, Mr. Mulvaney, then a state senator and part-owner of a chain of Mexican restaurants, sat in the back of a town hall in Rock Hill, S.C., a gathering that was typical for that summer. Seven hundred people filled the hall while another 200 listened on portable speakers outside. Constituents grilled the House Budget Committee chairman, John Spratt, a Democrat, and complained about how much the Obama health care plan would add to the nation’s trillion-dollar-plus deficit.

At one point, a man erupted over another false rumor making the rounds about coverage for undocumented immigrants. “Do not tell me that illegal alien invaders do not get health care free in America,” he said. “I see it every day.”

Mr. Mulvaney decided to challenge Mr. Spratt, and on the day he announced his campaign, in November 2009, he accused his opponent of selling out. “People can say a lot about me,” Mr. Mulvaney said at the time. “One thing they can never say is that I’ve sold out my principles.”

Since then, Mr. Mulvaney has risen to become the director of the Office of Management and Budget and acting chief of staff to President Trump. In the three years that Mr. Trump has been in office, the nation’s deficit has increased each year. Last week the Congressional Budget Office said it would rise again every year for the next four. By 2029, the national debt is set to reach its highest level as a share of the economy since after World War II.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/us/politics/tea-party-trump.html

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 11:32 AM

2. The rate these assholes are going, the economy will be in full

recession/depression by December 2019.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 02:06 PM

7. yeah

For American farmers it already IS THERE!! The republicons are so concerned about the 1%ers, they will take away all of the BENEFITS, not ENTITLEMENTS that we have earned over so many years of working!! We can't let them do it. In fact, these BENEFITS need to be raised. Many seniors can't make it on what Social Security provides now let alone in years ahead because of the rising prices!! TIME TO KICK THESE ASSHOLES OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENT!!

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Response to dicksmc3 (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 12:34 AM

9. truckers feeling it too

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 11:35 AM

3. putin's puppets

Main goal using the deficit as the excuse , to destroy both Social Security and Medicare, period. He'll just deny it , but that's exactly what his plans are.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 12:48 PM

4. Hey,this goes back to the

 

John Birch Society and a well oiled campaign funded by the David and Charles Koch families. Fred Koch and his Bircher Pals started this Campaign back in the Forties.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 01:27 PM

5. I just don't understand how they think this is popular. Americans will eventually catch on and

 

no matter who you are pretty much you ain't gonna like this.

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 01:53 PM

6. By then it may be too late.

If 2020 doesn't stop the tidal wave of greed and authoritarian plutocracy, Trump will hard pick a successor -- and it will be someone like that little twerp Mulvaney. And by "hand-pick" I mean just that -- who needs an election when the man who has seized all power has such a good brain?

It's 2020 or bust, I think (and fear).

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Response to RVN VET71 (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 02:24 PM

8. The good news, I guess, is that most of Trump's actions can be reversed

He came in, took the big broom to most of Obama's accomplishments, the same can be done to him once he's out.

I don't know the exact details of how he and Mulvaney are rigging the SS system, but hopefully...if he gets away with it...that can be reversed as well.

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Response to Miles Archer (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 08:52 AM

10. Only if the vote is honest

and not tampered with -- or, gods help us, even cancelled! My gravest worry is that 2020 will be stolen. For the possibility of which, look at what happened to the governorships in Florida and Georgia.

If the election is properly held, Trump and his dark little minions will be voted out in record numbers. If that occurs, yes, the rehabilitation of the nation and its healing will begin, can begin.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 10:25 AM

11. K&R

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