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Wed Jan 31, 2024, 08:37 AM Jan 2024

Mitch McConnell's Plan to Sabotage Social Security From Within [View all]


Mitch McConnell’s Plan to Sabotage Social Security From Within
by Alex Lawson | January 31, 2024 - 6:37am

Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans have a problem. They hate Social Security, because it is popular, effective, and doesn’t make any money for their billionaire donors. But their voters love Social Security. Ninety-four percent of Republicans oppose benefit cuts.

McConnell understands the political dangers of being openly hostile to Social Security. So instead, he is plotting to sabotage it from within. The latest instrument of that sabotage is Andrew Biggs, a senior fellow at the billionaire-funded American Enterprise Institute. Biggs is McConnell’s pick to serve on the Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB), which “provides advice and recommendations to the President, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters related to the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs and policies.”


Biggs also wants to turn Social Security from an earned benefit into a poverty-level flat benefit. That means huge cuts for middle class workers who’ve been paying into the program their entire lives. It would destroy Social Security’s political popularity by turning it into a welfare program—a sitting duck for Republicans to make even larger cuts.

What Biggs doesn’t want is for his billionaire donors to pay their fair share into Social Security. He doesn’t want the American people to know that if billionaires pay into Social Security all year long on all of their income, not only can we protect Social Security—we can expand benefits.

Andrew Biggs is an enemy of Social Security, and we need to keep him off the SSAB. The Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing on the nomination this week, and the Senate may hold a vote soon. Democrats have a majority in the U.S. Senate, and they must stand united to protect Social Security from Mitch McConnell’s saboteur.

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Can't he just croak and malaise Jan 2024 #1
No, because you see, they'll just shellac him over, prop him B.See Jan 2024 #2
ROFL malaise Jan 2024 #6
Like Weekend at Bernie's?? vapor2 Jan 2024 #28
Yes please. I get nauseous just hearing his rancid pontifications. FailureToCommunicate Jan 2024 #3
He did, several years ago. kwijybo Jan 2024 #8
ROFL😂😂 malaise Jan 2024 #9
That wouldn't change what the Republican Party has been wanting to do for decades Martin Eden Jan 2024 #12
Sadly you are correct malaise Jan 2024 #14
Because, sadly, Joe 6-pack is an oafish lout. jaxexpat Jan 2024 #16
In the last three weeks in the Coachella Valley, I met four strangers who have turned out to be OMGWTF Jan 2024 #53
3 weeks?! Thank you for your service. jaxexpat Jan 2024 #54
And therein lies the problem. calimary Jan 2024 #34
Good question. Why? orthoclad Jan 2024 #41
Rightwing propaganda networks have been very effective at manipulating perceptions Martin Eden Jan 2024 #55
I keep thinking of the Powell Memo orthoclad Feb 2024 #57
THAT is one of the most important articles ever posted in DU Martin Eden Feb 2024 #58
I repeatedly post the orthoclad Feb 2024 #59
Time to French Revolution tirtleman ...... Trueblue1968 Jan 2024 #49
THIS malaise Jan 2024 #52
Him and every other rethug since SS became law. They haven't succeeded yet. Takket Jan 2024 #4
They have had some success. markodochartaigh Jan 2024 #20
Any change like this to Social Security videohead5 Jan 2024 #5
Yet they will... 2naSalit Jan 2024 #11
"But we're broke!" orthoclad Feb 2024 #60
Nor do I. ...nt 2naSalit Feb 2024 #61
And if Trump is elected, Republicans will take the Senate and possibly the House. Plan accomplished. Lonestarblue Jan 2024 #17
I just don't see videohead5 Jan 2024 #25
I thought so too at one time but Akacia Jan 2024 #31
I know how you feel, Akacia. calimary Jan 2024 #35
No secret there. LakeArenal Jan 2024 #7
K&R spanone Jan 2024 #10
The bs these fkrs get away with is infuriating B.See Jan 2024 #13
Total elimination of the Social Security administration is McConnel's wet dream, his raison d'etre. jaxexpat Jan 2024 #15
In other words, he's a mean spirited, narrow minded, underhanded B.See Jan 2024 #19
babylonsister .. Upthevibe Jan 2024 #18
Add this to the Dems campaign message.... ProudMNDemocrat Jan 2024 #21
ProudMNDemocrat..... Upthevibe Jan 2024 #26
THIS!!! calimary Jan 2024 #36
Cuts to S.S. is smoke and mirrors, their goal is to steal every penny in the trust fund. Hotler Jan 2024 #22
That gently alive corpse needs to die already. BradBo Jan 2024 #23
75 years they been nickleing and diming it. leave it the heck alone and dont mess with me. AllaN01Bear Jan 2024 #24
Yet Traildogbob Jan 2024 #27
Fuckers. Money trickles to the TOP anyway. Most Soc Sec $ is spent on goods that the rich control. Sure, some middle TeamProg Jan 2024 #29
Why does McConnell get a pick? wryter2000 Jan 2024 #30
K&R Wild blueberry Jan 2024 #32
Anything MoscowMitch likes is dangerous to the rest of us. Hermit-The-Prog Jan 2024 #33
VOTE! Mr.Bee Jan 2024 #37
Thanks! I just wrote to both of my US Senators. n/t PatrickforB Jan 2024 #38
... and now please enjoy a musical interlude from Rihanna.... IcyPeas Jan 2024 #39
It is interesting to me that the people who hate Social Security the most are the ones who need it the least. LoisB Jan 2024 #40
Actually DENVERPOPS Jan 2024 #44
The rich want us poor and desperate. orthoclad Jan 2024 #42
Like they're doing to the Postal Service and other agencies like Agriculture. live love laugh Jan 2024 #43
President Biden could withdraw this nomination WyLoochka Jan 2024 #45
I'm very much looking forward to watching his funeral on TV. Oopsie Daisy Jan 2024 #46
Very important post and I hope Senate Dems senseandsensibility Jan 2024 #47
McConnell is a soulless pervert without a shred of decency GiqueCee Jan 2024 #48
Ass wipe republicans don't pay into social security Puppyjive Jan 2024 #50
Of course. grumpyduck Jan 2024 #51
Maybe we need wealth limits I_UndergroundPanther Feb 2024 #56
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