The President lost my support, and probably many in his own party when he failed to keep a campaign promise that social security would remain untouched. Social Security was paid for by American workers and their employers. If there is not enough money to support it, then, “where did it go”? It went to government and Department of Defense waste.
One of my favorite people, now Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, is upset with he placed a part of social security “on the table”.
In an e-mail to supporters, she told them that she was “shocked” by the President’s action and would vigorously oppose it. The checks of social security recipients are presently tied to the “CPI”, or Consumer Price Index. It covers the cost of living increases of its participants. The President wants to offer his Republican friends the opportunity to move these increases to a “Chained CPI”, and decrease those increases.
Warren said her brother David lives on the $13,200 per year he receives in Social Security benefits. “I can almost guarantee that you know someone — a family member, friend, or neighbor — who counts on Social Security checks to get by,” she wrote. She continued:
That’s why I was shocked to hear that the President’s newest budget proposal would cut $100 billion in Social Security benefits. Our Social Security system is critical to protecting middle class families, and we cannot allow it to be dismantled inch by inch.
The President’s policy proposal, known as “chained CPI,” would re-calculate the cost of living for Social Security beneficiaries. That new number won’t keep up with inflation on things like food and health care — the basics that we need to live.
In short, “chained CPI” is just a fancy way to say “cut benefits for seniors, the permanently disabled, and orphans. “Two-thirds of seniors rely on Social Security for most of their income; one-third rely on it for at least 90% of their income.
These people aren’t stashing their Social Security checks in the Cayman Islands and buying vacation homes in Aruba – they are hanging on by their fingernails to their place in the middle class.”
Included in this proposal, unfortunately not spoken about enough, are similar reductions in veteran’s benefits.
Ever since the Oval Office made an illegal decision to invade a sovereign country, our servicemen and servicewomen and their families have paid the greatest price, and they are being told that they’ll continue to pay it.
Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats alike continue to praise out military, while caring little for their future security or that of their families.
The President is moving himself to an island. In over four years he has failed to get a single iota of support from the right, and the left is quickly moving away as well.