Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GOPers: Running for Office; Serving in Office; After Being Booted Out

Sound Familiar

Big Issue GOP Does Not Comprehend
(They Want to Give it to Wall Street Brokers)


1.  Social Security: Most GOPers running for office, “We are going to fix things” but once in office, “We tried, but the DEMS kept stopping us at every turn.”

Remember thisIn 1936, GOP presidential candidate, Al Landon, said this in Milwaukee on September 26, 1936, in his infamous “I WILL NOT PROMISE YOU THE MOON” speech:  “This law (social security) is unjust, unworkable, stupidly drafted, and wastefully financed. It is a cruel hoax on the American worker.”  Now today: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) even referred to it as a “Ponzi scheme.” 

As of July 2013, almost 58 million Americans will have received over $816 billion in Social Security benefits that year:

•  Retired workers nearly 37 million @ $47.4 billion - $1,269 average monthly benefit
•  Dependents 2.9 million @ $1.8 billion
•  Disabled workers 8.9 million @ $10 billion - $1,129 average monthly benefit
•  Dependents 2.1 million @ $ point 69 billion
•  Survivors 6.2 million @ $6.6 billion - $1,221 average monthly benefit

Fact: Social Security is the major source of income for most of the elderly.
Fact: Social Security provides more than just retirement benefits.
Fact: An estimated 163 million workers are covered under Social Security.
Fact: In 1940, the life expectancy of a 65-year-old was an additional 14 years; today it is more than an additional 20 years.
Fact: By the year 2033, the number of older Americans will increase from 45.1 to 77.4 million.
Fact: There currently 2.8 workers for each Social Security beneficiary. By the year 2033, there will be 2.1 workers for each beneficiary.

2.  Medicare: Various GOP quotes and positions over the years:

In 1961, former President Ronald Reagan warned: “That failure to stop Medicare will mean you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free.”

In 1964, former President George H.W. Bush called it “Socialized medicine.”

In 1964, former GOP Sen. and Presidential Candidate, Barry Goldwater said: “Having given our pensioners their medical care in kind, why not food baskets, why not public housing accommodations, why not vacation resorts, why not a ration of cigarettes for those who smoke and of beer for those who drink.”

In 1995, then House Speaker Newt Gingrich proposed to to cut 14% from projected Medicare spending over seven years thus forcing millions of elderly recipients into managed health care programs or HMOs, saying, “The cuts were to ensure that Medicare is going to wither on the vine.”

In 1996, former GOP Sen. and Presidential Candidate, Bob Dole bragged that he was one of 12 House members who voted against creating Medicare in 1965 by saying: “I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare ... because we knew it wouldn’t work in 1965.”

In 2009, Rep. Tom Price (GA), 2009 said: “Nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government's intrusion into medicine through Medicare.”

Flash Back to George W. Bush: He tried to privatize social security – that went nowhere. 

Got it now?

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