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Take Action: Stop the slow strangulation of the Social Security Administration

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  • Part 1: The slow strangulation of Social Security AdministrationPart 1: Title
  • It’s all part and parcel of the Republican "small government" philosophy.
  • Part 2: Take Action: Stop Trump’s “Tax Scam Round 2” for the rich and powerful
  • Emboldening GOP lawmakers to demand even more cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



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Part 1: The slow strangulation of Social Security Administration: How Republicans are gutting the safety net

It's even more cynical than the slow death of the Social Security Administration. It's the actual death of thousands of disabled people who die while waiting for a decision on their claim. Wait them all out long enough, and no claims will have to be paid out. It’s all part and parcel of the Republican "small government" philosophy.

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos

https://images.dailykos.com/images/159253/story_image/14912286437_5902f695ed_k.jpg?1453719959Sun Mar 4, 2018 | If you can't actually get rid of Social Security as an institution in the near term, you can do everything to undermine it so that it'll be easier to kill off in the long term. That seems to be the philosophy of the latest Republican administration, as the Trump budget would significantly cut staffing in the Social Security Administration.

His budget request calls for almost 1,000 fewer full-time-equivalent work years in 2019 than this year. A full-time-equivalent work year is the amount of work a person toiling full time would do in one year. The amount of overtime allowed staffers to keep up with demand would be less than a third of that in 2017 and just over half the 2018 estimate. […]

https://images.dailykos.com/avatars/6685/legacy/avatar_6685.jpg?1454079254 Joan McCarter: A lifelong Blue girl in a Red state, I'm now Senior Political Writer for Daily Kos. On any given day, I'd rather be horseback, but there's more demand for political writers than cowgirls.

 


 

Part 2: Take Action: Stop Trump’s “Tax Scam Round 2” for the rich and powerful

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Six months ago, Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans passed a tax scam that will cost the American people $1.9 trillion. Now, in an Election Year ploy, they are preparing “Tax Scam Round 2.”

But six months after passage of Tax Scam Round 1, here is what we know:

• 83% of the tax cuts are still going to the richest 1%.
• Just 4% of workers have gotten a pay hike due to the tax cuts—a one-time bonus or wage hike.
• The cost of the tax cuts has ballooned from $1.5 trillion to $1.9 trillion, emboldening GOP lawmakers to demand even more cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education and more.
• Trump proposed a budget that would cut funding for these critical services by $1.7 trillion to pay for his tax scam.
• Prescription drug companies, health insurers, Wall Street banks and other major industries are getting huge tax breaks and not sharing the wealth with consumers or their employees.

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