If the President or an official in the White House “misspoke” earlier this week concerning plans to cut Social Security benefits in an effort to appease Republicans, they had better find the nearest microphone and set the record straight.
Because a lot of people are hopping mad over the mere thought of Social Security, along with Medicare and Medicaid, may be cut in a possible deal to get the Republicans to agree to restore pre-Bush taxes to the nation’s wealthiest citizens.
If there were such a thing as an anger meter to gauge people’s emotions, the anger over proposed COLA cuts to Social Security would register right up there with people’s feelings over the Casey Anthony verdict.
They are really hot.
And no one is hotter than Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). On Friday he told CrooksandLiars.com: “Elections matter. What candidates say when they’re running for president matters. The president made a promise to the American people and he should keep that promise.”
Reportedly, Social Security’s COLA is on the table as a bargaining chip to get Republicans to agree to restoring pre-Bush taxes to the nation’s rich.
Under the White House proposal, after 10 years the average Social Security benefit would be cut by $600 a year. Then, after 20 years, it would be cut by $1,000 a year. Today, the annual benefit is $13,000.
As every Social Security recipient will tell you, the COLA today is already too low because it doesn’t accurately reflect the cost of living of senior adults, especially in the area of health care.
At Friday’s news conference, Senator Sanders told reporters, “…if they bring from the Senate a piece of crap which really comes down heavy on working families, and the elderly, and the sick, and the children, and they expect me to matter-of-factly vote for it, they have another thing coming.”
As you can see, Senator Sanders isn’t one to mince words.
A recent Pew poll shows that 60 percent of the American people want Congress to keep their mitts off of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
“The public’s desire for fundamental change doesn’t mean it supports reductions in the benefits provided by Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. Relatively few are willing to see benefit cuts as part of the solution, regardless of whether the problem being addressed is the federal budget deficit, state budget shortfalls or the financial viability of the entitlement programs.”
Action NC, among others, has set up a web page where you can call the White House and tell them to take Social Security off the bargaining table.
I imagine that operators are going to be busy.