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Uncle Joe

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Sun Jun 19, 2016, 01:32 PM Jun 2016

Driven by Campaign Populism, Democrats Unite on Expanding Social Security [View all]


The Democrats’ new consensus was driven by the populist election-year politics of Senator Bernie Sanders and by a realization that many workers have neither traditional pensions nor any significant retirement savings.

Mr. Sanders campaigned hard on promises to expand Social Security. Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, helped set the tone as well, breaking with Republican orthodoxy by vowing not to cut Social Security benefits. That position puts him potentially at odds with Republican lawmakers eager to rein in entitlement programs, though an aide has suggested that he might be flexible on the issue.

The Democrats’ proposals would amount to the biggest changes in Social Security since 1983, when the program faced a financial crisis and Congress enacted measures recommended by a bipartisan commission headed by Alan Greenspan. To save the program, spending was trimmed, taxes were raised and the eligibility age was set to increase slowly as the population ages.


But the politics have shifted. Mr. Obama summarized the new Democratic consensus in a speech in Elkhart, Ind., on June 1.

“It’s time we finally made Social Security more generous, and increased its benefits so that today’s retirees and future generations get the dignified retirement that they’ve earned,” Mr. Obama said. “And we could start paying for it by asking the wealthiest Americans to contribute a little bit more.”

Democrats appear likely to include those proposals in their platform. “Senator Sanders, working with other progressives, has transformed the debate, so that expanding Social Security is today a central and consensus tenet of the Democratic Party,” Nancy J. Altman, the president of Social Security Works, an advocacy group, said at a hearing of the platform-drafting committee on June 9.



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I just cannot help thinking that this is campaign blather and pandering. djean111 Jun 2016 #1
Reagan's words: "Trust, but verify!" come to mind! LongTomH Jun 2016 #2
I agree, LongTomH. Uncle Joe Jun 2016 #3
I understand the inclinations to doubt, elleng Jun 2016 #4
I feel the same way, overall I'm optimistic as well because I see the political writing on the wall. Uncle Joe Jun 2016 #5
Well, Depending On What I See Being Posted In The Coming Weeks... THIS ChiciB1 Jun 2016 #8
Here is another interesting development, ChiciB1. Uncle Joe Jun 2016 #10
OH, Be Still My Heart! ChiciB1 Jun 2016 #14
... Uncle Joe Jun 2016 #18
Agree with you 100%.. secondwind Jun 2016 #21
And Thanks To You Uncle Joe! n/t ChiciB1 Jun 2016 #12
Maybe We're Seeing That They're Getting The Message... ChiciB1 Jun 2016 #11
I sure hope so, ChiciB1. elleng Jun 2016 #13
Campaign rhetoric Geronimoe Jun 2016 #6
'Super D's' didn't know Senator Sanders was running elleng Jun 2016 #16
The Bernie effect! zentrum Jun 2016 #7
OR LONGER! Will They Give Him ANY Credit... ChiciB1 Jun 2016 #9
I don't think Bernie cares one bit whether he acknowledged on it or not as long as it is done. LiberalArkie Jun 2016 #15
I Whole-Heartedly Agree Because Despite What So Many ChiciB1 Jun 2016 #17
I was following him on Reddit and put something here about Bernie running and just about LiberalArkie Jun 2016 #19
Could You Be More Specific? I Keep Saying I'll Sign Up With Reddit ChiciB1 Jun 2016 #22
JPR will be changing to something great within the next couple of weeks. LiberalArkie Jun 2016 #24
OK, Thanks A Lot... I'm Sure I'll Be MORE Involved Now... n/t ChiciB1 Jun 2016 #28
He said his main... zentrum Jun 2016 #32
Yup, that's my guy. zentrum Jun 2016 #31
No. But Bernie doesn't care... zentrum Jun 2016 #30
Great Society! McCamy Taylor Jun 2016 #20
Yes, Repubs, workers have EARNED it. It's NOT an entitlement! Beartracks Jun 2016 #23
A funny thing about the word "entitlement" we have allowed the Republicans to turn that into Uncle Joe Jun 2016 #25
Oh, so you're gonna use a DICTIONARY??? Beartracks Jun 2016 #26
Well the Republicans certainly had major help from the corporate media conglomerates in Uncle Joe Jun 2016 #27
And to you, Uncle Joe! Beartracks Jun 2016 #29
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