Dems pivot to debunked Social Security talking point in run-up to midterms


In a last-ditch effort to hold onto their wafer-thin majorities in Congress, Democrats are reviving an old Social Security topic that has been repeatedly debunked by fact-checkers.

“They’re coming after Social Security,” Biden said in New York on Thursday. “Now it sounds like, you know, ‘What’s — there’s Biden. That’s a typical Democrat who says Republicans are looking for Social Security.’ “This is all they said out loud. They wrote it on scraps of paper.”

The president then quoted Senator Rick Scott’s, R-Fla, “11-Point Plan to Rescue America,” released in February, which proposes that “all federal law expires in 5 years. If a law is worth enacting maintain it, Congress can do it again.”

Scott’s plan made no specific mention of Social Security or Medicare, and many Senate Republicans, including GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., rejected Scott’s plan at the time.

President Joe Biden speaks at a rally with Democrats at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, on August 25, 2022.
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“That won’t be part of a Republican Senate majority agenda,” McConnell said on March 1, with Scott by his side.

Scott has since explained that his plan, which was released by his own campaign and not by the Senate National Republican Committee (NRSC), which he chairs, is only to examine and reform federal programs such as Social Security and Medicare, not to reform them. to eliminate.

But the Democrats continued with the story anyway, with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) putting out an ad in March saying Senate Republicans want to “end” Social Security and Medicare, focusing on a crackdown. from Scott who spoke about his plan on Fox News.

In the same Fox News interview, however, during a section not included in the DSCC ad, Scott explained that he basically wants to “keep” Social Security and Medicare.

“Nobody I know wants to shut down Medicare or Social Security, but what we do is we don’t even talk about it,” Scott said. “Medicare will go bust in four years. Social Security will go bust in 12 years. I think we need to figure out how to keep those programs. Every program that we care about, we have to stop and take the time to keep those programs.”

sen.  Rick Scott spoke to Fox News Digital at the National Conservatism Conference in Aventura, Florida, on September 11, 2022.

sen. Rick Scott spoke to Fox News Digital at the National Conservatism Conference in Aventura, Florida, on September 11, 2022.
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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., further explained on “Fox News Sunday” this month that Republicans have “proposed strengthening and supporting Medicare and Social Security, which, by the way, are both headed for bankruptcy if we do.” do nothing.”

sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said he supported Scott’s plan in March, but his campaign has since insisted that the senator “wants to preserve these programs for future generations” and that there is “no” plan proposed by the Republican Party to eliminate Medicare and Social Security,” Politifact reported in March.

What Johnson has supported is designating all federal programs under stricter discretionary spending control, requiring Congress to approve each program on an annual basis. While the designation would mean Medicare and Social Security could face budget cuts, Republicans have repeatedly said they don’t want to eliminate the programs.

“Without fiscal discipline and oversight typical of discretionary spending, Congress has allowed guaranteed benefits for programs like Social Security and Medicare to be threatened,” Johnson spokesperson Alexa Henning told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Washington Post.

Senator Ron Johnson's campaign said the Republican in Wisconsin wants that "save" Healthcare and Social Security "for future generations."

Senator Ron Johnson’s campaign said the Republican in Wisconsin wants to “save” Medicare and Social Security for future generations.
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But those comments haven’t stopped Democrats from spreading the story that Republicans are coming for people’s rights.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday reiterated the topic of “chopping block” during an Air Force One gaggle with reporters, saying under Republican leadership “millions of Americans would lose health coverage, benefits, and other health care protections.” … Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security would be on the chopping block every five years.”

“Every year Social Security and health care are on the chopping block. Every year,” Biden said last week.

“The point is some of you here have Social Security, some of your parents have Social Security, some of your grandparents have Social Security,” former President Barack Obama said at a rally for Johnson’s Democratic challenger, Wisconsin Lieutenant-General this weekend. Governor Mandela Barnes. “You know why they have Social Security? Because they worked for it. They worked hard for it, they have chapped hands for it, they have long hours and sore backs and bad knees to get that Social Security. And as Ron Johnson that doesn’t understand that… he shouldn’t be your senator from Wisconsin.”

“Dr. Oz expressed support for a radical GOP plan that would threaten the survival of Medicare + Social Security,” Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman tweeted last week. “These programs are lifelines for the seniors of Pennsylvania. Medicare + Social Security should be strengthened, NOT taken away.”

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in support of Michigan's Democratic candidates on October 26, 2018 in Detroit.

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in support of Michigan’s Democratic candidates on October 26, 2018 in Detroit.
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“MAGA Republicans like Rep. Kevin McCarthy want to put Social Security and health care on the chopping block,” Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., tweeted two weeks ago.

“They want to end health care and Social Security as we know it,” house speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., warned in an August press release. said the Democratic Party’s narrative about Republicans’ Social Security and health care plans is misleading, and that “there is reason to believe” Scott’s plan “may not have broad support in the party.” “.

The Washington Post said the claim that Republicans want an end to Social Security and Medicare is “false” and gave the worst possible falsehood rating of four Pinocchios.

PolitiFact noted that the Democratic talking point that Scott’s plan would endanger Social Security “overlooked another point in Scott’s plan that assumed the program would continue.”


Axios recently reported that with the midterm elections in a few days, Democrats have shifted their focus from abortion to rights.

In August, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent House campaigns test data showing Social Security is “one of the most tested problems for Democrats,” the outlet reported Wednesday.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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