Date: February 04, 2023
“Republicans are eager to cut social security benefits, but how realistic is it for that to happen? Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.
Uh, Satan’s werewolf asks, if Republicans end Social Security, what happens to all the money we’ve been paying into, into it all these years? If they refuse to give it to us once ending Social Security, wouldn’t that count as theft of our hard-earned money? Now you would think so, yes. Right? I mean, you’ve been paying, I’ve been paying, we’ve all been paying into Social Security for our entire working lives. Unless I’ve got somebody, you know, listening here that’s over 95 years old, then you may have had, actually no, you’d need to be, what, like 110 in order to not have had to pay into Social Security basically. So yeah, we’ve all been paying into it. That is our money.
But the problem is Republicans don’t see it as such. Once that money gets taken outta your paycheck and sent to dc, it’s their money. That’s how they view it. They can do whatever they want with it because you’ve already paid it, right? It’s already gone. You don’t have to worry about it anymore. Let them do what they want to do about it. Now, if Republicans actually do go through with their wishlist and, uh, cut social security, that is political self-destruction, like they’re not going to recover from that, especially considering the fact that the biggest voting block for the G O P is voters over the age of 65. So you’re literally targeting your base. So if you l take money away from them, if you take away those monthly checks, you are screwed. Right? That’s not gonna fly. And we also know, of course, that they’re not gonna be able to successfully cut Social Security because the Democrats control the Senate.
Biden is the president. It ain’t gonna happen. And we’ve gone through this before. I mean, we went through it with the Bush administration. Oh, we’re gonna privatize Social Security, we’re gonna make this happen. It’s all gonna be great and grand and wonderful. And that is one of the things Obama campaigned on, of course in 2008, bringing that up, reminding people that it happened and voters responded accordingly saying, yeah, we don’t trust the Republicans anymore. But I think that they felt maybe enough time had passed, you know, it’s been 19 years since they were attempting that 18 years. So they said, you know what? I think, I think we can do it again. I, I, I think we can now go at these cuts to social security. And every time they bring it up, they get hammered. Biden, to his credit, has done a wonderful job of going out there and attacking the hell out of these Republicans for it.
You know, this again is one of those issues where Democrats are really united and they’ve got a really great message that resonates with the public, and they’re mad at the Republicans for it. It’s brilliant. And if they can keep that up, we don’t have to worry about social security getting cut. And by the way, if social security did get cut by Republicans, they’d pay for it in the following election. And the Democrats, if they have enough sense, would be able to easily undo it. So that’s where we stand with that. The attacks on social security from the right will not end. They may lie dormant for a few years, but they always come back dumber than ever. And that’s what we’re seeing happen right now with the Republicans. Thanks for
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