In a speech today President Obama said that if the Republicans don’t cede to his will over the debt ceiling American retirees will not receive their Social Security checks. To use the sort of rhetoric he likes, he is holding these seniors hostage with a gun to their heads. Not only that, but he also let the cat out of the bag when it comes to the false notion that Democrats are the great protectors of Social Security.
“In a government shutdown, Social Security checks still go out on time. In an economic shutdown — if we don’t raise the debt ceiling — they don’t go out on time.“
Obama’s clear threat: If the Republicans do not raise the debt ceiling by October 19, retired Americans risk not getting their social security checks!
Obama’s threat will prove a fatal mistake that he cannot “walk back,” as the Washington pundits like to say.
In these eighteen words, Obama destroyed the Democratic Party’s claim to be the protector of retired Americans, who have earned their social security checks through decades of payroll-tax contributions. The Democrats warn that Republicans want to privatize social security and enrich Wall Street with risky investment schemes. Under us, however, your retirement funds are in a “lock box,” which guarantees you every retirement dollar you have earned. Only the Democrats stand for retired Americans.
But Obama today said something entirely different! He admitted there is no lock box. Whether retirees get their social security checks now somehow depends upon the federal government being able to borrow more.
Read the whole thing. Republicans may as well start drafting a bill protecting Social Security now. I’d love to see Harry Reid answer a question about that. “Protect American seniors? Why would we do that?”
Oh, and who is it that wants to throw Granny over a cliff?
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