President Trump: “We’re not touching Medicare. We want to keep Medicare. We’re not touching Social Security.” pic.twitter.com/18kRJ5Z81s
— The Hill (@thehill) February 10, 2020
Yeah, that was bullshit.
Courtesy of Vox:
President Donald Trump posted a tweet on Saturday vowing, “We will not be touching your Social Security and Medicare in Fiscal 2021 Budget.” One day later, the Wall Street Journal published a report indicating that Trump is doing exactly that with his budget proposal.
The Journal’s report, which came a day ahead of the administration officially releasing its budget on Monday, indicates that Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget includes “steep reductions in social-safety-net programs,” including cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security:
“The White House proposes to cut spending by $4.4 trillion over a decade. Of that, it targets $2 trillion in savings from mandatory spending programs, including $130 billion from changes to Medicare prescription-drug pricing, $292 billion from safety-net cuts—such as work requirements for Medicaid and food stamps—and $70 billion from tightening eligibility access to disability benefits.”
That Trump is proposing cuts to these programs isn’t surprising — his 2020 budget cut all three as well. It’s a long-running contradiction for the president. He often says he won’t touch these entitlement programs, but he’s continued to employ Republican party officials who make cutting these programs center to their work.
Gee look, Trump lied how totally unsurprising.
Look Democrats we have to get our shit together.
It does not make a bit of difference who does or does not meet your purity test, whoever emerges victorious after the primaries needs to suddenly be the answer to your fucking prayers.
Personally I will vote my heart out for Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobachur, Michael Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Tom Steyer, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or even fucking Tulsi Gabbard if by some miracle she wins out in the end.
We have one overriding task in November, and that is to defeat that orange tinted ass pimple who currently resides in the People’s House.
And that means all hands on deck.