There’s an almost endless list of reasons that former Vice President Mike Pence will never be President of the United States, but something he said earlier today is proof-positive that Pence doesn’t even understand which way the political winds are blowing.
How might that be done? Pence explained that he would leave the current system in place for anyone who will retire in the next 20 years, adding:
That led Fox host Sandra Smith to ask, “Do you think there’s an appetite for that?”
Remember when George W. Bush suggested privatizing Social Security after he was reelected in 2004. His poll numbers plummeted and the vast majority of Americans said the government needed to leave the program alone.
Pence, like so many on the right, wants to destroy the social safety net for the elderly and most vulnerable among us. They’re callous, heartless bastards who have no place in elected office.
Ever since President Joe Biden put Republicans on the defensive with his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, members of the GOP have been complaining that Biden misrepresented their plans for Medicare and Social Security.
However, on Sunday a GOP senator admitted that his party wants to fund Social Security on a “year-by-year” basis, which would be the first step to cutting or even eliminating the program.
Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) was a guest with host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union,” and had this to say about Social Security:
However, it was what Rounds said next that should set off alarms in every home in this country:
“But, at the same time, we — every single year, we look at how we can make it better. And I think it’s about time that we start talking about Social Security and making it better. We have got 11 years before we actually see cuts start to happen to people that are on Social Security. And I think it’d be very responsible for us to do everything we can to make those funding programs now and the plans right now, so that we don’t run out of money in Social Security and that it continues to provide all the benefits that it does today.
“Simply looking away from it and pretending like there’s no problems with Social Security is not an appropriate or responsible thing to do. So, I guess my preference would be, let’s start managing it.”
The comparison between the defense budget and Social Security by Sen. Rounds is telling. Yes, he and members of his party will gladly commit to providing some funding for each, but they won’t say how much or how little. Allowing them to vote each and every year on Social Security would mean they could make massive cuts or even decide the program is no longer needed.
Make no mistake: If the GOP ever regains control of both houses of Congress and the White House, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are dead. They just don’t want the voters to know that because it would be the end of the Republican Party.
A Republican congressman admitted Monday that since his party now has the majority in the House of Representatives, they plan to make massive cuts to Medicare, Social Security, and other entitlement programs.
Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) was being asked about remarks made by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who said Sunday that he and members of his caucus would be looking at possibly cuts to defense spending, which led Fox Business host Stuart Varney to inquire, “Congressman, should military spending cuts be on the table and put on the table by a Republican?”
“Well, look, I agree with Jim Jordan that we are going to carve out work policies out of the military. We are going to look at the out of whack ratio of generals. I, I invited them to come on the Armed Services Committee and and work with us on that.”
Waltz then added:
“But Stu. And by the way, I’m all for a balanced budget. We’ve got to get spending under control, but we are not going to do it on the backs of our troops and our military when at the same time we’re talking about China is the greatest threat. We’re going to have a select committee on China. They’re tripling their nuclear arsenal. Iran is racing towards a new North Korea is about to launch an ICBM. Russia is on the on the march.
“And oh, by the way, we still have a global terrorist state now in Afghanistan. Thanks to Joe Biden. So this is I mean, we can work on prioritizing defense spending, but that’s really nibbling around the margins. If we really want to talk about the debt and spending, it’s the entitlements program that’s 70% of our entire budget, that 1.7 trillion. And defense within that is only 30%. So if we want to talk about big reforms, I look forward to hearing that from those folks who are pushing towards a balanced budget.”
Waltz’s comments drew an immediate response from White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
If you’re wondering how exactly the Republicans will try to cut Medicare and Social Security, consider what they’ve already said about not raising the debt ceiling unless President Biden agrees to massive cuts in social welfare programs. They want to hold the nation hostage so they can enact their radical agenda.
Imagine a year from now when it’s time to raise the debt ceiling or default on the loans the United States has around the world.
In the past, Congress has always agreed to raise the debt ceiling.
But if Republicans win control of the House in the upcoming midterm elections, it certainly sounds like they intend to hold the nation hostage and demand cuts to Social Security in exchange for an agreement to raise the debt ceiling.
HuffPost reports that the fear of such a move comes from remarks made by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the leading candidate to be Speaker of the House if the GOP wins control the House.
“And if people want to make a debt ceiling [for a longer period of time], just like anything else, there comes a point in time where, OK, we’ll provide you more money, but you got to change your current behavior,” McCarthy said. “We’re not just going to keep lifting your credit card limit, right?”
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) echoed McCarthy’s remarks:
Other Republicans have also suggested that both Social Security and Medicare would be on the chopping block if they happen to regain control of the House, with Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), saying that he wants to at least raise the eligibility age for both programs, which would in itself be a form of cutting by making people work longer to receive their benefits.
In case you’re wondering what might take place if indeed the the U.S. defaulted at debt, consider what Forbes reported last October:
In fact, an analysis by Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi estimates that defaulting on the national debt would wipe out as many as 6 million jobs and erase $15 trillion in household wealth.
“We can’t emphasize enough how disastrous it would be for Congress to consider a government shutdown if consensus cannot be met in advance of the funding deadline. Small businesses are especially vulnerable and many would not survive a government shutdown at this time due to the pandemic, particularly with the rapid spread of the Delta variant, and trying to move from crisis to recovery,” wrote Candace Waterman, President and CEO of Women Impacting Public Policy, in a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership.
Of course, President Joe Biden could veto any cuts to Social Security and Medicare, but if the GOP decides to play a dangerous game of chicken and wreck the economy with their demands, all of us will wind up paying the price, and that price would likely be steeper than anyone can possibly imagine.
Earlier this month, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) who serves as chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, laid out an 11-part plan that would drastically cut social programs and raise taxes on the poorest Americans.
One of the programs that Scott’s plan would “sunset” is Social Security, which is often referred to as the third rail of American politics; touch it and you die.
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Scott was asked about his plan by host John Roberts:
Rather than respond, Scott tried to weasel his way out of actually discussing the specifics of his plan:
But Roberts was having none of Scott’s dissembling, noting:
“Also in the plan, it says we ought to every year to talk about exactly how we’re going to fix Medicare and Social Security. No one that I know wants to sunset Medicare or Social Security. But what we’re doing is we don’t even talk about it. Medicare goes bankrupt in four years. Social Security goes bankrupt in 12 years.”
Flailing badly and trying desperately trying to recover, Scott concluded with this bit of tripe:
“I want to change this country. The woke left controls everything! We’ve got to win.”
The woke left? That the best you got, Rick? If so, you might want to go ahead and concede the 2022 midterms right now.