Don’t Fall for the Ginned-Up Social Security Scaremongering

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Here are two excerpts from Wednesday’s New York Times piece that claims Republicans have “embraced” plans to cut Social Security and health care:

“The fact that Republicans are openly talking about canceling the programs has energized Democrats in the final weeks of the mid-term campaign.”

“Yet the fact that major Republicans are openly raising Social Security and Medicare cuts…”

Boy, it sounds like there’s a lot of chatter in Washington about reducing rights. And it’s time we embraced reform. So, which brave “key Republicans” talk “openly” and “bring openly” the idea of ​​social security and health care reform? We don’t know, because the author, Jim Tankersley, doesn’t offer a single quote from anyone in the GOP making that argument—not an elected official, not a candidate, not even some fringe backbencher spitting it out. How can one of the most prestigious newspapers in the country post a 1,500-word piece claiming that a major political party has “spoken” about a highly controversial policy position and fail to substantiate the claim with a single quote? That would be the first question of any competent editor.

Of course, as much as I wish it existed, there is no plan or campaign or reform effort that aims to cut or wean us from our rights. The whole pent-up problem is actually based on a single line from Rick Scott’s “save America” ​​agenda, which Mitch McConnell rejected as soon as it appeared. (You’ll learn about that in Section 13.) In reality, Scott isn’t even specifically targeting Social Security or health care reform, but rather supports an audit and renewal of all federal programs every five years. (The Times erroneously says “every year.”) There are strong arguments that reviewing legislation every few years is much more “democratic” than forcing millions to live with outdated economic ideas that became popular during the Depression. But only a Republican, not a Republican, has embraced that idea.

Not that it’s stopping Tankersley from going on about how “several influential Republicans have signaled a new willingness to push for health care and Social Security cuts.” Several, huh? The hyperlink supporting this claim leads us to a more nuanced piece from the Bloomberg government by Jack Fitzpatrick that describes possible GOP efforts to use the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip to curb perpetual, massive car spending.

As we learn in paragraph 23 of the Times story, “Democrats and Republicans are in broad agreement that Congress must ensure program solvency over the next decade. Spending on the programs is expected to increase over the next decade as more baby boomers are retiring.” One of the ideas the Republican Study Committee is putting forward is to gradually raise the retirement age for some workers because of longer life expectancy (with higher benefits). And Bloomberg quotes Lloyd Smucker as saying that we may need benefit cuts for wealthy Americans in the future to save the program from insolvency. President Joe Biden’s “plan” to raise payroll taxes on the rich to save the program is, in fact, also a reduction in benefits for the rich.

But again, the Bloomberg piece doesn’t include a single person “talking” or proposing to lower Social Security or Medicare programs.

Whenever Democrats make another attempt at scare tactics — “saving democracy” or “voting rights,” or any hysteria for that matter is ignored — the mainstream media immediately takes up the matter, often filling the accusations with a tinge of alleged coverage. at. While the Times piece doesn’t offer any Republicans “talking” about cutting Social Security, it does give Biden, Barack Obama and other Democrats room to carry out this imaginary threat.

‘You’ve been paying to Social Security all your life. You’ve earned it. Now these guys want to take it away,” Biden says during a visit to Hallandale Beach, Florida. ‘Who do they think they are? Pardon my language.” Obama, who never shyes away from whipping a straw man to within inches of his life, says American retirees “had long hours and aching backs and bad knees to get that Social Security.”

As Obama—though perhaps not Biden—is well aware, there is no proposal from Republicans to take Social Security from those who have paid. Not even George W. Bush, the last Republican to “openly” campaign for the reform of the unsustainable rights infrastructure, has ever proposed taking a dime from everyone who has poured into it. That was always a lie. Even those reforms would have only allowed — not forced — new entrants to divert some of their tax dollars into private retirement accounts and forgo an unsustainable state-run Ponzi scheme that would give them a paltry one. percent return on their ‘investment’. .”

But don’t worry, no one is going to reform the rights. As 2022 proves, it is a politically toxic issue that can be easily demagogued.

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

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David Harsanyi is a conservative journalist, syndicated author and editor. He wrote for the Denver Post for eight years and was an editor for The Federalist for over six years before becoming a senior writer at National Review in 2019. Harsanyi wrote five books, including “First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History With the Gun” and “Eurotrash: Why America Should Reject the Failed Ideas of a Dying Continent.”

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