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Re: Republicans1st move in 2017 is cut Social Security

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Throughout the 2016 campaign, Republicans have been subtly laying the groundwork for cuts to Social Security. And the media is playing right into their hands.      In this week's final Presidential debate, moderated by Chris Wallace of FOX News, one of the announced topics is “Debt and Entitlements.” This comes after this month's Vice Presidential debate, when the moderator's question indicated that Social Security would “run out of money” - even though nothing could be further from the truth.      This bogus framing sets up Social Security as a problem to be solved, not a solution to the retirement income crisis. The Republicans have used this framing to undermine confidence in the program and open the door for cuts to our earned benefits.     
Now we've learned that Freshman Senator David Perdue (R-GA) is working behind the scenes with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Republican leaders to put cuts  to Social Security at the top of the Republican agenda in 2017.     Senator Perdue's plan for 2017 is to remove Social Security's guarantee by allowing Congress the power to vote each year on Social Security's spending.    Such an approach would allow conservatives to tie Social Security to the federal budget - even though Social Security is independently funded by the payroll tax and has never contributed one penny to our country's debt.        We have beat back past attempts to cut Social Security: President George W. Bush's 2005 plan to privatize Social Security; the Bowles-Simpson 2010 plan to cut benefits; and Republican and Democratic attempts at a “grand bargain” on Social Security.

    Thank you,

Alex Lawson
Social Security Works     (SHORT E-MAIL VERSION)  

 


How any Senior Citizen can vote Republican is beyond my comprehension.


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Throughout the 2016 campaign, Republicans have been subtly laying the groundwork for cuts to Social Security. And the media is playing right into their hands.      In this week's final Presidential debate, moderated by Chris Wallace of FOX News, one of the announced topics is “Debt and Entitlements.” This comes after this month's Vice Presidential debate, when the moderator's question indicated that Social Security would “run out of money” - even though nothing could be further from the truth.      This bogus framing sets up Social Security as a problem to be solved, not a solution to the retirement income crisis. The Republicans have used this framing to undermine confidence in the program and open the door for cuts to our earned benefits.     
Now we've learned that Freshman Senator David Perdue (R-GA) is working behind the scenes with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Republican leaders to put cuts  to Social Security at the top of the Republican agenda in 2017.     Senator Perdue's plan for 2017 is to remove Social Security's guarantee by allowing Congress the power to vote each year on Social Security's spending.    Such an approach would allow conservatives to tie Social Security to the federal budget - even though Social Security is independently funded by the payroll tax and has never contributed one penny to our country's debt.        We have beat back past attempts to cut Social Security: President George W. Bush's 2005 plan to privatize Social Security; the Bowles-Simpson 2010 plan to cut benefits; and Republican and Democratic attempts at a “grand bargain” on Social Security.

    Thank you,

Alex Lawson
Social Security Works     (SHORT E-MAIL VERSION)  

 

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