Bernie Sanders Beats Down Jeb Bush For Proposing Massive Cuts To Social Security

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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.

25 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Beats Down Jeb Bush For Proposing Massive Cuts To Social Security”

  1. Its not only Jeb. If ANY wingnut gets the presidency, he will go after SS too. You can bet on it.

  2. So far in this primary season it has been Bernie Sanders driving the discussion for the Democratic primaries. He came out swinging at the republicans and hasn’t stopped. This is how you campaign for president. Go after the enemy relentlessly and don’t be mistaken, the GOP is the enemy.

  3. I don’t understand how these Republicans in Washington think. I also don’t understand how they keep getting re-elected. There are just as many Republicans taking advantage of social security & other entitlements as Democrats. Does the Republican Party just ignore their constituents, who also must be complaining,in favor of the corporations that finance their re-election campaigns? Everything that Bernie is talking about is for both Democrats & Republicans. We’re all in the same boat.

  4. Lets all “hope” that telling the entire population of the U.S.A. (and also, the world at the same time) the actual “truth” about the U.S. entire population getting “screwed” over by the GOP and their “elite” masters really does set us all “free”. Tell “everyone” like it really is Bernie Sanders. Let’s all help out and back-up this no bullshit, very simple, straight talking, truly honest, human-being. In my opinion.

  5. With the exception of Bernie Sanders the only constituents any politician listens to are the ones who sign the big checks. Not the people.

  6. The other Democratic Party Presidential Candidates would do themselves a huge favor if they started learning from Sen Sanders. They need to start talking and being tough on the GOP and their policies or lose voter turnout.

  7. We can blame the wingnuts for wanting to cut SS but let’s blame the people who are voting against their best interests. The only people that cuts to SS, etc. are the same people who vote for the wingnuts. Just like the Vets. The majority vote Republican and then whine that the wingnuts are cutting their benefits. They are just shooting themselves in the foot and don’t care. I don’t. I’m set for retirement. I’ve stashed away a lot of money during my working years. SS to me will be pocket change.

  8. They keep getting elected because the people in their district are voting against their best interests. They believe the lies that Republicans spew out. Blame the voter not the politician.

  9. these republicans also seem to forget that most employers will not higher anyone over 50 and will try to lay off anyone they have over 50 to recruit younger cheaper people and also will not hire the disabled, but these same employers are contributing to politicians and think tank who would cut these programs for the very people they refuse to employ. they also seem to forget that between social security medicare, medicaid, and SNAP all these programs are propping up the Healthcare industry to the tune of 75% and probably another 10-15% on top of that for the general economy. economics 101. what will happen if we severely cut or abolish the 3 major safety net programs. the economy will have layoffs equal to the cuts in various industries which will have a ripple effect through the entire economy having a multiplier effect of even more layoffs as those who get laid off don’t have money to spend in the economy on basics much less luxuries so the economy will just crash and burn

  10. The problem with the GOP base is they vote for idiots because they believe in christian rhetoric and theology and anti abortion and gay marriage and that is the only thing they devote themselves to period nothing else matters issues facts!!! bahh facts smacks who needs facts.

  11. I think Bernie’s value will be he is setting the tone for the primaries as well as the general election. No more airhead Repukes hiding, lurking in the shadows avoiding debates and answering questions on their positions on key issues. Flush em out, Bernie! No more candidates straddling the fence, trying to please their corporate backers! We have so many citizen journalists now (witness, Jimmy Carter’s grandson heroicly OUTING snake Mittens Romney!) that we will get the real poop on what each candidate has in his heart! I, myself like Jim Webb, and hope he throws his hat into the ring! He is a smart, moderate Dem who has a military background, served as Secy. of the Navy and governor of Virginia (a southern state) and also as U. S. Senator from Virginia too, I believe. Let’s see how it plays out. He has all the bona fides IMO.

  12. You gotta love him. The Koch’s and their Republican pawns have got to be afraid of Senator Sanders. I’m sure their leaving no stone unturned to get something on him, because he’s shining a very bright light on them and you know where roaches run when the lights come on.

  13. Well, one of the candidates just started, another will declare this coming week and the third doesn’t have a problem with voters and is kicking off on the 13th.

    I am pretty sure the other three have handled campaigns before and can take care of themselves without consulting Bernie.

    Strange comment but yet, seems popular curiously.

    As for numbers, three of them have nowhere to go but up, they are all on the bottom.

    Hillary is at the top all alone with nobody even in the second tier and has a year and a half before the general.

    No hurry. She can listen for a while more.

    She is speaking in Texas on voter suppression today and accepting an award.

  14. More power to Bernie’s elbow on the question of Social Security and the ReTHUGliCLOWNS’ attempts to dismantle what security it provides to millions of souls. However, I have yet to hear him say one word about the egregious Windfall Elimination Provision which basically steals from over two million people to give extra to those who have not paid enough into the system to qualify for what is referred to as FULL Social Security. I would love to hear Bernie Sanders make some kind of proclomation as to what he would do about what is basically legalized theft!

  15. Wow … Tony, do you really think that Republicans are practitioners of Christian Doctrine? Lol, what Republicans practice is far from the Christianity that I know, actually, Republicans are the very anti-thesis of Christian. In other words, Republicans are not Christian, at all, (you know, give to the poor, care for the sick, love your brother). That’s not an ideology that most Republicans follow.

  16. um, you must be talking about some other religion called Christianity. American Christians to a great extent are known for being uncharitable, bigoted, narrow minded and judgmental with most of their energy going towards worrying about unborn people and what folks do in the bedroom.

    It is too bad, cause a lot of what Jesus said is good stuff. American Christians, unfortunately, don’t appear to give more than lip service to these beliefs.

    It didn’t used to be this way.

  17. Those that vote against their own interests aren’t Republicans, they either think they are or are wanna-bes. If one isn’t a member of an exclusive country club, I got news for them, they aren’t a Republican.

  18. What kind of Christian would work a person into old age. The Republicans desire to dive this county into a Dickensian dream world where the rich do as they will and the rest of us fight for their table scraps.
    Yes, work until you can’t, then die so they can take what ever little you have amassed in your life. And god forbid you have out lived you usefulness, you will be out on the streets digging for dinner out of a dumpster.
    Make no mistake about this election cycle.
    It is about the working class and how it will either be able to live the American dream or become surfs to the corporate overlords in their work houses posing at for profit prisions.

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