Letter: Don’t threaten Social Security, Medicare over tax cuts for rich

Saturday, the Republican Senate passed the tax cut legislation it has wanted for years, and I’m sure that it will survive the conference committee negotiations with the House of Representatives, and President Donald Trump will sign it into law. Trump saying it’s a middle-class tax cut and does not benefit him may be the biggest lie he has ever told, and that’s saying a lot.

I was watching television the next morning and heard an amazing comment from Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. After voting for the tax cuts, which are targeted without a doubt to the wealthy, he says the answer to our problems are to restructure Social Security and Medicare. 

This sounds crazy, and it definitely is, but this has been the standard Republican line for years. They portray the problem regarding our country’s finances as Social Security and Medicare. That just isn’t so!

I am old enough to have seen this tax cut story two times previously. We had virtually no debt until Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts. George W. Bush took the cuts to a new level and vastly increased the deficits, and now it is estimated to grow by a trillion and a half more under the Trump tax cuts.

I can tell you what’s going to happen. The Republicans will blame the Democrats for Social Security and Medicare.

Social Security and Medicare are bedrock programs that are critical to the financial security of the majority of our senior retirees. There are separate paycheck deductions for Social Security and Medicare financing, so that begs the question as to why Social Security and Medicare are federal budget problems. 

I think we all need to ask our congressional delegation where they stand on Social Security and Medicare. These programs are critical to this country. 

I am going to write my three representatives in Washington and ask where they stand, and I would respectfully encourage everyone else to do so also.

Steve Deming

Clermont

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