Bernie Sanders Pushes Back Hard Against The GOP Plan To Cut Social Security and Medicare

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is pushing back hard against a Paul Ryan inspired Republican idea to cut both Social Security and Medicare next year.

In a statement Sen. Sanders (I-VT) responded to House Republicans who are already pushing for cuts in Medicare and Social Security, “At a time when poverty among seniors is increasing, and millions of elderly Americans lack sufficient income to buy the medicine or food they need, it would be a moral outrage for Congress to cut Social Security. In fact, instead of cutting Social Security benefits, we should be expanding them….I will also fight the Republican effort to end Medicare as we know it and convert it into a voucher program.”

Sanders was responding to comments by incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) that he will pursue cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Price’s blueprint is the Ryan budget which calls for $129 billion in cuts to Medicare.

What is being set up for 2015 is a fascinating battle between Bernie Sanders and Paul Ryan. With Sanders being elevated to the top Democratic seat on the Senate Budget Committee, the Vermont Independent will be in a position to challenge any cuts to Medicare and Social Security that the Republicans propose.

In 2012, Sen. Sanders called Rep. Ryan (R-WI) a class warrior for the wealthy, “I think clearly what Ryan is about is continuing the Republican effort to engage in class warfare. Who in their right minds could support a proposal which says more tax breaks for the wealthiest people and yet we’ll cut Medicare and Medicaid in drastic form.”

Earlier in 2014, Sanders called the Ryan budget vulgar and obscene, “The problem with the Ryan Budget is that it is so vulgar, so obscene, so out of touch with what the American people want and need that it is literally hard to believe, hard to believe. The richest people in this country are doing phenomenally well. The Ryan budget substantially lowers taxes for millionaires and billionaires. Working families and low-income people are struggling. The Ryan budget makes savage cuts in nutrition programs, in education and healthcare. It does exactly the opposite of what the American people need, and what the American people want, and as you indicated, this is a continuation of the war against the middle class and working families that the Republican Party has been mounting and fighting for a number of years now.”

It appears that Harry Reid promoted Sanders to the budget committee for the purpose of taking on Paul Ryan and the other Ayn Rand followers who are dreaming of killing beloved and needed social programs. The promotion Sanders to Budget Committee was the beginning of a nightmare for Republicans.

Republicans can dream of cuts to Medicare and Social Security, but the fact is that Bernie Sanders and the Democrats will continue to stand in their way.

32 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Pushes Back Hard Against The GOP Plan To Cut Social Security and Medicare”

  1. Before cuts to social security and medicare, pay cuts to Congress salaries should be applied based on the work they get done and the amount of time actually spent working for Americans. Farm subsidies should be illegal for Congressional members due to conflict of interest. None of us get to vote for our own raises.

  2. Before they think about cutting a dime from SS and/or medicare they need to think about repaying the billions they have stolen from SS in the form of “loans” which have never been paid back and never will be.

  3. We all need to email or mail or phone The Pope and get Paul Ryan formally EXCOMMUNICATED from The Holy Catholic Church. The same goes for any Catholic who behaves like this evil devil man!!

  4. Bebe is right. Congress should take salary cuts first. In fact, I can see Seniors and the AARP rising up and petitioning Congress to cut their salaries first.
    The nerve of the Republicans!

  5. Thank you, Bernie Sanders. At 71, what kind of career can I start or job can I get? I depend on Social Security to survive.

  6. This is 1% retirement plan. This morning I heard the outgoing baseball commissioner Bud Selig WILL GET 6 MILLION DOLLARS FOR LIFE.

    Think about that over the holidays

  7. The real problem is Americans are so friggin willfully ignorant. SS is not a part of the budget. In fact, the govt owes SS due to borrowing from it for decades.

    But most Americans, so stupid they shouldn’t be allowed to vote, think it’s a part of the deficit. And they also think the deficit is growing when it’s falling.

    Ignorant voters will be the death of this country.

  8. So, who do you think votes in these jokers who want to take away our social security. Of course, the one-percenters . . . and most of the old people. Sheesh.

  9. Paul Ryan thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room, but I would think Bernie Sanders easily has 15 IQ points on him and is going to raise hell and put his foot in Ryan’s punk ass every time he so much as says cut. I for one an going to enjoy watching Bernie kicking him around.

  10. Social Security and job creation are not enough given the reality that tectonic shifts in the technologies of production continues to destroy jobs and devalue the worth of labor as “machines” replace labor in the production of products and services. And privatizing Social Security is not the solution without the necessary reform of the financial system and the conduct of corporations.

    Social Security is based on JOBS and payroll taxes. Because the function of technology is to “save” labor or in order words shift from labor intensive production of products and services to the non-human productive capital input, jobs are increasingly being replaced by human-intelligent machines, super-automation, robotics, digital computerized operations, etc.

  11. President Obama stated: “What’s at stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home, and secure their retirement.” As long as working people are limited by earning income solely through their labor worker wages and rely on their Social Security benefits, they will be left behind by the continued gravitation of economic bounty toward the top 1 percent of the people that the system is rigged to benefit. Working people and the middle class will continue to stagnate, resulting in a stagnated consumer economy.

  12. More troubling is that this continued stagnation will further dim the economic hopes of America’s youth, no matter what their education level. The result will have profound long-term consequences for the nation’s economic health and further limit equal earning opportunity and spread income inequality. As the need for labor decreases and the power and leverage of productive capital increases, the gap between labor workers and capital owners will increase, which will result in upheaval. Dependent on a tax on wages and salaries, Social Security will falter as tectonic shifts in the technologies of production destroy and devalue jobs.

  13. The majority of Americans, dependent on labor worker wages, no longer think that jobs and labor wages will return suddenly—if at all—and at a livable earnings level, that the value of their homes will re­bound, or that their limited retirement funds will soon be fully restored. Americans are scared but attribute their worsening finances to job losses, reduced hours, wage givebacks, and overall reduced earnings. They do not understand the role of productive capital driven by technological innovation and science and the requirement for them to become capital owners whose productive assets do their work, as well as labor workers, to earn a viable economic future.

  14. And until we, as a society, understand how wealth is produced, how consumers earn the money to buy products and services and the nature of capital ownership, we will not be able to set a course to obtain an affluent quality of life for middle and working class citizens, where everyone “can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home, and secure their retirement.”

  15. social security is MY MONEY! I paid into it my entire working life! why should I turn it over to a bunch of greedy, rich bastards ???

  16. Sounds good, but congressional compensation is literally a grain of sand in the Sahara. Better to reward these people well to encourage them to pass needed legislation. It is NOT the cushy job the public like to think and all those days when Congress is not in session are not vacation; they are designed to allow meetings and events with residents of the local district or travel for purposes such as escorting this man home who was held captive in Cuba. Congress has been abysmal in its results the last four years but its salaries are not why and any time they waste on that topic would be serious time lost for the real business of the nation.

  17. Ah, a voice of some reasonableness in the political wilderness – while it’s true that cutting congress-critters salaries would be but a drop in the bucket, it also is not a viable incentive because the vast majority of them are already wealthy, with many millionaires amongst their ranks. Where the cuts need to come from is the corporate welfare, from mega-corps like GE, WalMart, et al. that pay little or no taxes compared to the average working man – and how about some realistic campaign finance reform?

  18. Yes, why should you, Sheryl?

    And to all the insensitive GOP snots who say, “We all knew it wasn’t gonna last, this SS thing, so why should MY tax money pay off YOUR SS?” I say that if I’m not going to get it back, that would amount to a tax–a clandestine, deceptively packaged tax. If you GOPers get taxed to pay it off, it’s open and honest taxation.

    Better an honest tax on you than a dishonest tax on me, IOW.

  19. I worked for 25 years for the same company, while raising 3 kids. If I lose Social Security, I will have $400 a month to live on. Maybe the gop would consider actually implementing those “Death Panels” since most of us elderly folks will not be actually “living” or even existing.

  20. Bernie Sanders should run as Green Party candidate. Greens have a facebook page urging Bernie to run Green Party.
    https://www.facebook.com/Bernie.Sanders.Go.Green
    Greens also have a petition online urging Bernie Sanders to run as Green Party candidate.
    https://www.change.org/p/bernie-sanders-run-for-president-in-2016-as-a-green-party-candidate
    The Green Party is one of only four truly national parties in the U.S.
    That means Green Party ballot access for Bernie.

    Watch Green Party Green TV
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcIjQhR7K0g&index=15&list=UUJAvfgs4nK3Viu5HXZxv_bw

  21. There is a need for politicians to step up and pass legislation that secures needed revenue for the government. Stop corporate inversions, enact a Financial Transactions Tax and close the carried interest loophole for starters.

    Then, leaders need to fulfill the promises made long ago and maintain these valued and beneficial programs.

    In order for any of this to happen, the citizenry needs to come out of the coma and throw the Wrong Wingers on the dust bin of history.

  22. “Who in their right minds could support a proposal which says more tax breaks for the wealthiest people and yet we’ll cut Medicare and Medicaid in drastic form.”

    A republican that’s who.

  23. I totally agree with Kirk Welch. The Republicans took millions out of the SS Trust Fund (the working people’s money) and have NO intentions of paying it back! I’d like to know just HOW they could do this without authorization from the working people who paid in the money they earned from many years of employment. The money in the SS Trust Fund BELONGS to the workers of America! IT IS THEIR MONEY! And just HOW can Congress decide the amount of money a Senior/disabled/veteran gets each month? Or their Medicare or Medicaid payments? It has been my understanding that since the government has NOT paid one single cent to SS, they have nothing to say about how the SS Trust Fund money is distributed to those who paid in all their working lives. It should be up to the Seniors who paid in part of their earnings and those still working, to decide the amount of monthly payments. And the ones who took money out of the SS Trust Fund should be made to pay it back WITH INTEREST!!

  24. And the people who would be most affected by these proposed cuts are in large part the same people who keep voting Republican.

  25. A Big Safety Net and Strong Job Market Can Coexist. Just Ask Scandinavia.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/upshot/nordic-nations-show-that-big-safety-net-can-allow-for-leap-in-employment-rate-.html?_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0

    Some of the highest employment rates in the advanced world are in places with the highest taxes and most generous welfare systems, namely Scandinavian countries. The United States and many other nations with relatively low taxes and a smaller social safety net actually have substantially lower rates of employment.

  26. Any one who voted these suckers in should have their head examined ; hey idiots Ryan tried this last time and it was rejected; so what do you do make this mooks party the majority; Stupid ;stupid ;stupid; turn off fox.

  27. I have been involved in local politics from1962 to 1993, and there was always a consus amongst we Democrats that GOP was the party of, by, and for the wealthy. The same is even worse today as their primary concerns are the 1%, thecorporations, ,killing the EPA, killing consumer protections, pollution of our air, pipelines of dirty tarsands from Canada,fracking which has caused property damages and earthquakes, money from lobbyists, and doing as little as possible to discredit the POTUS>

  28. What part of propose you don’t understand and that’s from 2012 which your own fox news said was unworkable

    Ryan Roundup 2014: Everything You Need to Know About Chairman Ryan’s Latest Budget
    Analysis: Ryan Block Grant Proposal Would Cut Medicaid by More Than One-Quarter by 2024 and More After That
    April 4, 2014
    “The Medicaid block grant proposal in the budget plan proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on April 1 would cut federal Medicaid (and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP) funding by 26 percent by 2024, because the funding would no longer keep pace with health care costs or with expected Medicaid enrollment growth as the population ages…. These cuts would come on top of repealing the health reform law’s Medicaid expansion.”
    http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=4120

  29. Ahhh! Donna I agree with every word. You and I must live in a dream world. We expect the world to work honestly.
    BUT.. know in our hearts the rethugs have no intention of ever, ever making the SS work well. I believe that was the main reason the funds for war were taken out SS in the first place. Just too much MONEY sitting there to ignore. The hot little hands of the rethugs couldn’t or wouldn’t let that amount of $$$$ sit there for the working man????
    The people who voted this Man into office are either greedy,or stupid…..
    Paul Ryan’s main job is to stop all aide for any working person.

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