Right now, he is apparently satisfied with a temporary cessation of payroll tax deductions from workers’ paychecks … and he is using the difficulties cause by coronavirus as the excuse. Everyone should know by now that those payroll tax deductions are what feeds Social Security and Medicare, two iconic programs that have kept millions of elderly and disabled citizens out of poverty for nearly a Hundred years now.
The president (If that is what you still wish to call him) reportedly went onto some television program just a few days ago and publicly declared that if he is reelected in 2020, he will see to it that Social Security and Medicare will be totally and permanently eliminated from the American Scene.
““We just heard it straight from Trump’s own mouth: If reelected, he will destroy Social Security.” —Social Security Works!” — That is what one observer had to say about it all.
It has been reported that after the president made this declaration, his campaign got all hot and bothered about the idea and started bragging it up on social media. So you see, folks, it is apparently not just Trump who is happy with the idea of impoverishing millions of elderly and disabled Americans … it is a lot of his closest cronies as well.
The problem, as I see it with all this news is that when he was first running for the office of President, the liar-in-chief promised to protect Social Security and Medicare. It seems to me like he has had another change of heart about the matter.
“”Social Security is the foundation of everyone’s retirement security,” Altman added. “At a time when pensions are vanishing and 401ks have proven inadequate, Trump’s plan to eliminate Social Security’s revenue stream would destroy the one source of retirement income that people can count on. Moreover, Social Security is often the only disability insurance and life insurance that working families have. If reelected, Trump plans to destroy those benefits as well.” —- The foregoing quotation is from an article I was reading which you can read too if you wish …..
He already managed to cut the unemployment benefit that laid off workers were receiving …. a $600 stipend to tide them over during the pandemic … to $400 and he placed responsibility on the various states to provide $100 of that amount. If the states can’t afford the price tag, then those who had been counting on that $600 might end up getting only $300. This is the “Make America Great Again” factor at work, I suppose.
If he is successful in terminating Social Security and Medicare, I can’t wait to hear some of the squeals and squawls that will come from even some of those who think he is the great big political God who loves and cares for everybody — If he does eliminate these social safety net programs, don’t some of the idiots that support him right now understand that he will be shafting them in the ass as well as everybody else?
Are people that damned dumb?