President Obama, the Social Security and Medicare Edition

I realize that President Obama has faced unbelievable levels of opposition. But while I share in the pride of having a black president and recognize that he has made real accomplishments, I need more space to critique some of his policies, specifically Social Security and Medicare.

(I’ll need to take much more space to discuss Congress and a lifetime to get into my local government.)

In the meantime, these comments on the Bill Moyers’ Journal site, express my frustration about Social Security and Medicare. (http://billmoyers.com/2013/04/11/top-5-things-to-know-about-president-obamas-2014-budget/) With a mom in care, this is not an academic issue for me.

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“Obama’s repeated efforts to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits are an unforgivable betrayal of the American people and of 75 years of the Democratic Party. Social Security, by law, does not add one penny to the U.S. debt and deficit, so why is it even part of deficit talks? Also, just eliminating the arbitrary “cap” on payroll taxes (so that millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share) would fund Social Security fully forever! But Obama blatantly refuses to even discuss that obvious choice.”

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“[A]ctually, Obama has been saying that he wanted to “reform entitlements” (that is, cut SS, M & M) since at least 2006 (two years before he was even President and long before the current and recent negotiations with Republicans over the budget, the debt ceiling, or the fiscal cliff.

Obama repeated his intention to cut SS, M & M in January 2009, as soon as he was President. Then he created the Deficit (“Catfood”) Commission by executive order (after Congress refused to do so), and he unfairly “stacked it” with co-chairs and members who are HOSTILE to SS, M & M!

Then Obama offered huge cuts to SS, M & M in summer 2011, again in December 2012, and now in April 2013. Obama’s persistent, consistent efforts to cut SS, M & M strongly indicate (or prove) that Obama WANTS to cut SS, M & M!”

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About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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