Saturday, October 13, 2012
Against the "Grand Bargain": The fight for Social SecurityThe Grand Bargain battle isn't an explicit issue in the Presidential race, because Republicans want to cut benefits on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid even more than President Obama does. But the positioning and lobbying and backroom dealing are underway, and a lot is on the line for the large majority of Americans.
As soon as the Presidential election is done, the efforts of Obama and the Republicans to strike that Grand Bargain to cut benefits on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will move to center stage in what the pundits prefer to call the "fiscal cliff" battle.
Union leader Rose Ann DeMoro writes about the fight for Social Security in It's Up to All of Us to Save Social Security Huffington Post 12/10/2012:
Social Security may be the most enduring, successful, and popular reform in U.S. history. But, in the 77 years since its inception, it has never faced as grave a threat as it does today.And, of course, the independence of seniors also reduces the financial pressures on their children and other relatives at a time when they are faced with college expenses and saving for their own retirement. It is part of the fabric of what Americans think of without much reflection as middle-class life in the United States.
She summarizes some major aspects of the Social Security fight in talking-point form:
Here's the real story of Social Security today:
1- It is not an "entitlement" for people ripping off taxpayers. Workers have earned their Social Security benefits through payroll deductions throughout their working years.Cutting benefits on Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid is a really bad idea.
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