The Congress, led by the Republicans, where members get free healthcare and a tax payer funded pension, are insisting that Social Security and Medicare must be cut to get a budget deal to prevent a fall off the fake fiscal cliff. Isn’t it great that people who don’t need a social safety net want to cut and gut it for those who do? Isn’t that what America is all about?
Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says President Barack Obama is a “small ball guy” but it’s time for him to start “manning up” on cuts to earned benefits like Medicare and Social Security.
Speaking to Fox News host Martha MacCallum on Monday, Graham suggested that Republicans should not agree to tax rate hikes on the rich and should hold a debt ceiling increase hostage until Democrats agreed to “entitlement reform.”
“Here’s where the president is going to have a rude awakening,” the senior senator from South Carolina opined. “In February or March, you have to raise the debt ceiling and I can tell you this, there’s a hardening on the Republican side. We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling, we’re not going to let Obama borrow any more money or any American Congress borrow any more money until we fix this country from becoming Greece. And that requires significant entitlement reform to save Social Security and Medicare from bankruptcy.”
Doesn’t that just give you the Christmas warm and fuzzies???
Senator Graham is a liar. Social Security and Medicare aren’t close to bankruptcy unless 2024 is “close” and “bankrupt” means not bankrupt.
It pisses me off that these silver spoon frat boys have decided that the social safety net is just a mundane political policy that can be decided like names of post offices or tax rates. Their “decision” will impact millions of needy people and ripple through the lives of those less able to provide for themselves and their families. The fact that Graham and his other GOP chums are ignoring the results of the 2012 election and doing what they planned on doing since President Obama took office in 2008 is a slap to American democracy.
But that’s okay Senator Graham can go to one of his many homes and eat more in one meal than some Social Security recipients are able to afford in one month. I’m sure he doesn’t have any trouble sleeping at night.