GOP Senate Contenders Put Special Interests Ahead Of Social Security

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the first Social Security check, but you likely won’t hear any of the Republican senate candidates marking the occasion. Despite facing a contentious election environment, GOP Senate contenders have only offered plans to cut Social Security benefits using the same failed ideas time and time again, including raising the retirement age and partially privatizing Social Security.

The GOP’s failure to offer real solutions on Social Security is just one more example of the GOP putting special interests like the Kochs ahead of the millions of Americans that rely on earned benefits to make ends meet.

Here’s how Republican Senate candidates plan to weaken Social Security:

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey voted to make it easier to privatize Social Security, and supported a similar plan to the George W. Bush administration’s efforts to privatize Social Security.
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk supported the Simpson-Bowles Plan that would have raised the Social Security retirement age.
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt said  Read more after the jump.

What Republicans AREN’T Celebrating: Anniversary Of The First Social Security Check

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the first Social Security check, but you likely won’t hear any of the Republican presidential candidates marking the occasion. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the field have only offered plans to cut Social Security benefits using the same failed ideas time and time again, including raising the retirement age and partially privatizing Social Security.

Make no mistake about it – the GOP’s failure to offer real solutions on Social Security is just one more example of how every single Republican presidential candidate would put special interests and the billionaire Koch brothers ahead of the millions of Americans that rely on earned benefits to make ends meet.

Here’s how Republican candidates would weaken Social Security:

Ted Cruz would raise Social Security and Medicare’s eligibility ages. He’d move Medicare to a premium support system and threaten Social Security by shifting it to private accounts. As a bonus, Cruz would institute means-testing for both Security […]

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Seniors Will Medicare About GOP Cutting Social Security And Medicare

With more than one million South Carolinians benefiting from Social Security and over 900,000 from Medicare, one would think Republicans would work to protect the programs and its benefits for seniors. Instead, almost everyone on the debate stage tonight would cut Social Security and Medicare benefits by raising the retirement age and partially voucherizing Medicare.

After all, GOP contenders like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are still chasing Koch money, which is why they support one of the Koch brothers’ first policy demands to gut Social Security and Medicare.

Here’s how Republicans on stage would weaken Social Security and Medicare:

Ted Cruz would raise Social Security and Medicare’s eligibility ages. He’d move Medicare to a premium support system and threaten Social Security by shifting it to private accounts. As a bonus, Cruz would institute means-testing for both Security and Medicare!

Marco Rubio believes Social Security “weakened us as a people,” so it shouldn’t come as a surprise he wants to […]

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GOP Field & Congress: We Don’t Medicare About Your Earned Benefits

You can count on the GOP field and Republicans in Congress to deny climate change, promote massive tax cuts for the wealthy few, and be too scared of the party base to meaningfully denounce Donald Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric.

So, too, can you be sure that they’re determined to threaten American seniors and future retirees’ earned benefits by limiting eligibility for Social Security and Medicare, and shifting the programs toward private accounts. Gutting Social Security and Medicare was one of the original items on Charles and David Kochs’ political agenda — and it’s a cause that the GOP field and their congressional allies have eagerly taken up as their own.

Here’s where the GOP field and their congressional buddies stand on attacking earned benefits:

If you’d like to see fundamental changes to earned benefits that restrict eligibility, then Ted Cruz is your candidate. Cruz would raise Social Security and Medicare’s eligibility ages. He’d move Medicare to […]

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On Earned Benefits Cuts, The GOP Field’s Proposals Match Its “Free Stuff” Rhetoric

As far as the GOP candidates on stage tonight go, voters who are concerned about cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid should look elsewhere. John Kasich summed the GOP stance up best with, “You’re gonna have to get over it.”  That’s the prevailing attitude among Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, and the rest of the GOP field.

Candidates on stage are pushing plans that would enact stringent means testing, shift Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security to individual accounts, and raise the retirement age — including reducing benefits for seniors who retire earlier.

We’ve heard Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio‘s out-of-touch “free stuff” rhetoric — but the field’s policy proposals are even worse, posing serious threats to Medicaid beneficiaries as well as American seniors and future retirees.

Here’s more on the GOP field’s plans to attack earned benefits:

Rubio On Entitlements
“Free Stuff” Comments

[Video] Rubio: Democratic Debate Was “About Who Was Going To Give Away The Most “Free Stuff”: Free College […]

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Jeb Joins Rubio And Rest Of GOP Field In Threatening Seniors’ Earned Benefits

Much like Jeb Bush’s candidacy, his plan to threaten American seniors’ earned benefits is far from exceptional — it’s par for the course among equally destructive proposals advocated by Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, and the rest of the GOP field.

Back in 2005, Jeb Bush shilled his brother’s plan to privatize portions of Social Security, and expressed disappointment he couldn’t get the job done. Over the last few months, Jeb’s been incredibly evasive about his plans for Social Security. When he released his tax plan that disproportionately increases after-tax income for the top 1%, we got some insight on his agenda — his economists hinted he’d have to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits to pay for his $3.4 trillion plan — but we still didn’t have specifics.

No we know he’s all-in with a Paul Ryan-style proposal to attack the earned benefits that American seniors rely on.

Like Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, and much […]

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Marco Rubio’s Policies Put Benefits For Seniors And Future Retirees At Risk

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to Marco Rubio’s extreme and out-of-touch policy that would hurt seniors:

 

“Seniors cannot trust Marco Rubio when his official policy would cut Social Security benefits and voucherize Medicare. He’s taking a page out of Jeb Bush’s playbook and telling seniors to work longer rather than retire. Republicans — following future Speaker Paul Ryan — have tried and failed to cut seniors’ benefits. Rubio might believe that Social Security and Medicare have ‘weakened us as a people’ but Americans will reject his defeatist attitude and his extreme and out-of-touch plan like they have many times before.”

 

Bad For Seniors

 

✓ Rubio said Social Security and Medicare were bankrupting the country and weakening us as a people
✓ Rubio supported the Ryan budget and varying levels of privatization of Medicare
✓ Rubio supported raising the eligibility age for both Social Security and Medicare

 

Video: Rubio Said That Social Security And Medicare […]

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“Being Like Romney Is A Good Thing, Right?” — Jeb Bush, Probably

Yesterday morning, Marco Rubio joined his mentor Jeb Bush in criticizing the “free stuff” strategy. Apparently Jeb saw that as an opening to double-down on his “free stuff” rhetoric last night. After being asked by Fox News’s Sean Hanity about the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, and Medicare, Jeb told Hanity that “offering free things to people [is] not working.”

Unfortunately for Jeb, not only are the ACA, Social Security, and Medicare important programs that provide necessary safety nets for millions of Americans, they’re also a whole lot more popular than the former front-runner.

 

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Kasich: “You’re Gonna Have To Get Over” Lower Social Security Benefits

If you’re concerned about your Social Security benefits, John Kasich has a message for you: “Get over it.”

 

Talking to a voter on New Hampshire’s NH1 News Network, Kasich said that if he’s elected, people would have to just accept cuts to their earned benefits. To make matter worse, when an audience member expressed legitimate concerns over his callous position, Kasich, being Kasich, just laughed:

 

“Now, what if I told your initial [Social Security] benefit was going to be lower, to try to save the program? Would that drive you crazy? Oh, it would upset you?” 

 

“OK, well, you’d get over it. And you’re gonna have to get over it.”

 

Watch the video here:

 

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Say What? After Calling Social Security A Pyramid Scheme, Mealy Mouthed Heck Has No Answer

Congressman Joe Heck’s Senate campaign got off to a rough start with Jon Ralston last night when he put on a Dodgeball-grade display of dodges, ducks, dips, dives, and dodges when asked about Social Security.

Not only does Heck refuse to say he regretted calling Social Security a pyramid scheme, but he lists off a litany of bad ideas like raising the retirement age… all the while insisting that he doesn’t necessarily support any of them. Riiiiight. Joe Heck wants you to think he’s different, but he’s just like the rest of the DC GOP: Ready to break the promise to our seniors.

Take a look as Joe Heck rattles off the same damaging Republican rhetoric on Social Security — and listen to what he’s not not saying:

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