It’s simple. For decades, the GOP have dreamed of the moment they could create a massive hole in the deficit by lowering taxes on the wealthy, and then plug that hole by dissolving Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They’ve accomplished the first two goals with their deficit crushing Tax Scam, and now they’ve got the social safety net in their sights.
Of course, Trump lies about their intentions, saying Republicans care about entitlements while Democrats don’t, but Congressional Republicans tell the real story, as Steve Benin of the Maddow Blog reports:
Larry Kudlow, the director of the Trump White House’s National Economic Council, recently said he wants to take aim at “entitlements” as early as “next year.” A few months earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he wants to see policymakers bring the budget closer to balance by cutting “entitlements.” Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), who currently chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, made the same argument in August.
It’s always important to note that “entitlements” are neither welfare nor government giveaways–we’ve paid into them all our working lives and are owed them back if we need them. So the disdain the GOP holds for “entitlements” is phony and based on a negative distortion they’ve pushed for decades, bolstered by images of Welfare Queens and immigrant freeloaders.
Rep John Faso has talked in the past about the “need” to cut back entitlements. He’s been openly hostile to any federal program that tries to help the least fortunate of us, evidenced by his vote to make the SNAP requirements more severe. But of course, Faso won’t come out and say he hates Social Security and Medicare, nor will he say he won’t touch them–much less make them more widely available. He’ll just slink along trying to weasel his way around this issue while attacking Antonio Delgado, since his own record in Congress is so pathetic.
Let’s keep working to Fire Feckless Faso and elect Antonio Delgado.
Plenty of opportunities TODAY to help get phonebank & canavss in these towns:
- Hancock – late afternoon
- HydePark – evening
- Kingston – day & evening
- Oneonta – evening
- Rhinebeck – evening