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Teamster Jeff

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Sun Jun 19, 2016, 04:46 PM Jun 2016

Obama Wanted to Cut Social Security. Then Bernie Sanders Happened [View all]

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Remember Chained CPI Social Security cuts. Because SS was such a "problem". Yeah me too.

“President Obama’s evolution on Social Security, from at one time being open to cuts to calling for an expansion of benefits … is certainly welcome news, but not at all surprising,” said Alex Lawson, the executive director of Social Security Works, a nonprofit group that advocates for protecting and expanding the program.

Lawson’s organization has worked with lawmakers and other nonprofit organizations to oppose Obama’s proposed Social Security cuts and shift the conversation towards expansion. By the summer of 2014, a small group of Democratic caucus senators, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, started advocating for lifting Social Security’s payroll tax cap so wealthier people paid more into the system, and then increasing benefits to seniors. Polling by advocacy groups found broad support for expansion.

This idea became a central theme in Sanders’s presidential campaign. In the speech announcing his candidacy, the senator said that “instead of cutting Social Security, we’re going to expand Social Security benefits.”

By April 2013, 2.3 million Americans had signed petitions calling on the president to back off of chained CPI. The signatures were presented at a White House rally that featured Sanders, who vowed to “do everything in my power to block President Obama’s proposal to cut benefits for Social Security recipients through a chained consumer price index.”

The senator mobilized a wide coalition or organizations, including veterans, women’s rights groups, and labor unions to oppose chained CPI.

Under this intense activist pressure, the White House was unable to convince its own allies in Congress that this change was worth the political costs. The next year, the chained CPI was quietly dropped from Obama’s budget proposal.

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s evolution on the issue could also be traced to Sanders. Clinton initially shied away from the question of expanding the program, issuing only noncommittal statements on the issue. But after being directly challenged on the Social Security program this past February by the Sanders campaign, Clinton tweeted, “As always, I’ll defend it, & I’ll expand it.”

Now that's change I can really believe in


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Elizabeth Warren happened and Bernie hopped on MattP Jun 2016 #1
And this also.. Probably bounced the idea off each other. LiberalArkie Jun 2016 #3
The problem for Clinton..... SouthernDemLinda Jun 2016 #17
My link didn't come out SouthernDemLinda Jun 2016 #19
She was for TPP before she was against it dynamo99 Jun 2016 #30
not unheard of for someone to refuse an order from the President of the United States. SouthernDemLinda Jun 2016 #42
It's good that they both recognized that we should do this... scscholar Jun 2016 #27
Uhm. davidthegnome Jun 2016 #33
Listening to Brunch with Bernie kacekwl Jun 2016 #35
absolutely! senseandsensibility Jun 2016 #38
Bernie jumps on wagon ....while there are giant piles of shit everywhere else! SouthernDemLinda Jun 2016 #47
And Bill Clinton wanted people to invest it in the stockmarket Chasstev365 Jun 2016 #2
This message was self-deleted by its author progree Jun 2016 #6
Will we get a COLA increase this year? katmondoo Jun 2016 #4
No President can increase COLA on their own ... JoePhilly Jun 2016 #5
I was told no increase because gas 840high Jun 2016 #22
This is the real evil of COLA Scruffy1 Jun 2016 #43
One could see that as silently imposing a more drastic chained CPI..not less, nothingx2 stuffmatters Jun 2016 #7
The President doesn't establish the COLA, and he never "wanted to cut Social Security". George II Jun 2016 #9
You might want to check History beforre making such proclaimations. bvar22 Jun 2016 #20
Bill Clinton wanted to cut Social Security but then NorthCarolina Jun 2016 #8
+1 Bill and Newt in 1997 WH meetings to privatize, I mean 'reform' SS and Medicare. appalachiablue Jun 2016 #24
What a Free Republic comment. onehandle Jun 2016 #25
It's not a "comment", it's an article. It's not Free Republic, it's US News & World Report. NorthCarolina Jun 2016 #31
Not sure "wanted to cut" really properly captures Obama's outlook. cheapdate Jun 2016 #10
It doesn't, but this is the DU, where lying about Democrats is standard ConservativeDemocrat Jun 2016 #18
Uh huh. cheapdate Jun 2016 #23
Its true creeksneakers2 Jun 2016 #39
Simpson Bowles... tk2kewl Jun 2016 #26
The point of compromise is that no one gets everything they want ConservativeDemocrat Jun 2016 #28
Social Security is slowly running out or money because our Living-Wage-Jobs have been shipped -none Jun 2016 #34
Longer lifespans, ending of the demographic bubble... wage growth comes up last ConservativeDemocrat Jun 2016 #36
The lifespan for people at age of retirement has not increased by much. Scruffy1 Jun 2016 #44
Not to mention all the subsidiary benefits. seabeckind Jun 2016 #37
Finally some one who has the corect answer. Scruffy1 Jun 2016 #48
Tax Cuts for the rich cost more than the wars .... SouthernDemLinda Jun 2016 #49
Not to burst your bubble dflprincess Jun 2016 #32
The GOP was never going to agree to raise taxes on the rich creeksneakers2 Jun 2016 #40
No one cares about that. maindawg Jun 2016 #11
With property tax, all kids in a district get same access to public schools, and there's no cap stuffmatters Jun 2016 #14
I always thought property tax for education is a bad idea seabeckind Jun 2016 #41
That Damned Sanders - Getting In The Way Of Our Extraction scottie55 Jun 2016 #12
Oh, it is really just pandering campaign blather. On Obama's part. djean111 Jun 2016 #13
Simpson-Bowles never went anywhere. Obama campaigned on SS. joshcryer Jun 2016 #15
"As always..." Beartracks Jun 2016 #16
I remember signing the petitions. Duval Jun 2016 #21
Thank God for Bernie and Elizabeth nt zentrum Jun 2016 #29
Amen. Scruffy1 Jun 2016 #45
SO IMPORTANT! highprincipleswork Jun 2016 #46
Disability Insurance Fund will run out sometime this year OnlinePoker Jun 2016 #50
But, but, but Bernie never did anything in the senate! AllyCat Jun 2016 #51
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