Surprise, Surprise: GOP Leaders in Congress Say Cuts in Social Security, Medicare Needed as Deficits Grow

Here we go again.  Less than a year after passing a huge tax cut that primarily benefits businesses and the wealthy, Republican Congressional leaders are saying again that the cause of the quickly growing  federal deficit is spending on Social Security and Medicare.  It’s just amazing they have the gall to target these programs again just before the midterm elections.   They are giving Democrats all the ammunition they need to urge voters to elect them to prevent cuts in the programs.   Democrats are planning campaign advertising  to highlight statements made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for budget cuts to reduce the deficit.

Some Republicans claimed the tax cuts would generate so much economic growth and tax income that they would practically pay for themselves.  The Congressional Republicans have another problem:  Donald Trump doesn’t agree with their desire to cut the programs and has not mentioned support during the fall campaigns.

Medicare and Social Security are needed more than ever now and provide a middle class retirement for many older persons.  Some might not have had significant other savings for retirement.  After years of paying into Social Security, workers are pleased when they finally have a guaranteed retirement income that averages about $1400 monthly for those retiring at 66, currently the full retirement age.

Republican plans for Medicare include a voucher plan in the future that would require beneficiaries to pay more out of their pockets for health care.   If Democrats gain control of the House they will be able to stop any attempted cuts in the Social Security and Medicare and stop many of the other budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration.

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I have been a senior advocate for most of my career. I was Executive Director of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council and the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans. In 2007-2010 I was the Director of the New York State Office for the Aging

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