Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) took down Jeb Bush for proposing massive cuts to Social Security.
In a statement, Sen. Sanders said:
I have a hard time understanding what world Gov. Bush and his billionaire backers live in.
At a time when more than half of the American people have less than $10,000 in savings, it would be a disaster to cut Social Security benefits by raising the retirement age. It is unacceptable to ask construction workers, truck drivers, nurses and other working-class Americans to work until they are 68 to 70 years old before qualifying for full Social Security benefits.
Jeb Bush’s plan to raise the retirement age is just a continuation of the war that is being waged by the Republicans against working-class Americans to reward billionaires on Wall Street.
When the average Social Security benefit is just $1,328 a month, and more than one-third of our senior citizens rely on Social Security for virtually all of their income, our job must be to expand benefits, not cut them. The way to do that is to eliminate the cap on all income above $250,000 so that millionaires and billionaires pay the same percentage of their income into Social Security as middle-class Americans. I have introduced legislation to do just that.
Sanders was responding to Jeb Bush’s plan to force average Americans to work longer by raising the retirement age.
Jeb Bush has not learned from the mistakes of his brother. Harming Social Security is a de facto position for every Republican presidential candidate during the primary, but Bush has run afoul of the biggest Social Security defender in the 2016 field. Sanders not only defends Social Security, he is aggressively proposing an expansion of the program.
It was fitting for Sen. Sanders to question what planet Jeb Bush and his billionaire backers are living on. When one considers the fact that Bush also believes that Obamacare can be replaced by the Apple Watch, the Republican’s vision for the working people of America comes into sharper focus.
Bernie Sanders is fighting for millionaires to pay their fair share when it comes to funding Social Security. Jeb Bush’s solution is to tell the American people that they must work until they drop. Sen. Sanders (I-VT) delivered a smackdown to Jeb Bush that should serve as a warning. If Bush campaigns on gutting Social Security, he is going to be subjected to more Bernie beatdowns.