Democrats have spent much of the mid-term campaign arguing that they will protect Social Security and have warned that Republicans will threaten the program if they take control of Congress. As Politico reported last week, several Republicans have hinted throughout the election season that they want to cut Social Security, although many of them have backtracked on those proposals.
Now President Biden has vigorously defended Social Security in a public speech.
“People, you know, the senator responsible for the re-election of United States senators – Senator Scott – has proposed the plan where Social Security, health care is on the chopping block every five years. It means every five years you either cut back, cut it, or eliminate it completely — social security and health care,” the president said in White House comments.
“And by the way, there’s Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. He thinks that waiting five years – every five years is too long to wait. No joke. These are actually in writing, okay? He wants to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block every year in every budget. If Congress doesn’t vote to keep it, goodbye.”
“What do you think they are going to do?” Biden added at the White House on Tuesday. By the New York Timesas he spoke, Biden “waved” a copy of the “12 Point Plan to Rescue America,” the messaging document released earlier this year by Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), head of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, which proposed to to “destroy” all legislation. after five years.
When Scott’s plan was first announced, Democrats rushed to it and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Senate minority leader, quickly distanced himself from the document that was not a prominent part of the Senate’s argument. Republicans in the midterm elections.
Last week, House Republicans unveiled their own list of policy priorities, the “Commitment to America.” The list includes a pledge to “save and strengthen Social Security and Medicare,” though it doesn’t specify exactly how it would do that.
Biden also spoke about this in his speech at the White House.
“It’s a thin set of policy goals with little or no detail that Republicans say they will pursue if they regain control of Congress. Over the course of nearly an hour, here are a few things we haven’t heard: We haven’t heard the words “Medicare” or “Social Security.”
“I have another idea. I will protect those programs. I will make them stronger. And I will cut your costs to keep them.”
There are currently several reform plans in Congress that would expand Social Security solvency further into the future, although Biden has not specifically approved any of them.
Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The national interest, is a journalist, essayist, and film critic, who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review, and Splice Today. Stephen is a co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle and lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.