Battle Lines Over Social Security and Medicare Are Drawn

Apr 1st, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

The battle over the future of Social Security was clearly defined this past week.  Republican Majority Leader, Eric Cantor said Social Security and Medicare “…cannot exist if we want America to be what we want America to be.”  Those who support Cantor and this position have the mistaken belief that these two senior citizen programs created the deficit and economic woes we are going through. 

Representative Jan Schakowsky responded yesterday: 

“There are two stark visions of our country: One is Republican Leader Eric Cantor’s, in which millionaires and billionaires get massive tax breaks paid for by cutting Social Security and health care for seniors. Cantor’s vision is one in which those who have worked all their lives – who have paid into Social Security and Medicare in order to retire in dignity – would be forced to bear the burden of deficit reduction. … The choices are clear and I believe that the American public – like the Democrats in Congress – will fight as hard as possible to protect the American values represented in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”

Edward Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans added, “Eric Cantor and others are saying that Social Security is to blame for our budget deficit. That’s pure fiction, and a sleight of hand that makes no mention of tax cuts for the wealthy or big corporations like GE that pay no taxes. It’s time to stop the lies.”

The battle lines are clearly drawn: 

  • Eliminate Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid.  Continue tax cuts for the wealthy.  Perpetuate the lie that Social Security and Medicare created the deficit and subsequent issues.  Turn our backs on the millions of vulnerable elderly people whose very day to day existence is dependent on a monthly Social Security check and Medicare/Medicaid for their health care.                          >OR<
  • Protect the values that we hold dear.  Continue to support Social Security which keeps millions of people from living in poverty.  Social Security works.  Continue to support Medicare because it’s a great health care system and it works.  Refuse to believe lies about these programs creating the deficit.  

After all, taking care of old people and widows and children is kind of a Jesus-y thing to do.



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