Republicans have become quite vocal about their intentions to cut Medicare, and Social Security, and soon. While Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell issued a joint statement on December 1 “reassuring” everyone that the GOP tax cut bill’s ballooning of the deficit wouldn’t trigger automatic cuts to programs like Medicare, Ryan publicly announced only days later that “We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit.”
Contradiction? Semantic slipperiness? Does it matter? They intend to cut these programs.
Days before the Ryan-McConnell “reassurance,” Marco Rubio publicly said that “We have to generate economic growth which generates revenue, while reducing spending. That will mean instituting structural changes to Social Security, and Medicare for the future.”
No semantics or nuance there. They are coming for those programs. And the capper comes from a Republican member of Congress who told reporters off the record that he had broached reform of what Republicans disdainfully call “entitlements” with Trump, who said he would not go after Social Security “until the first day of his second term.” He wouldn’t go after the programs, but if Congress should - and it will-happen to go after them, well…
They used to be a lot more secretive about their intention, but they obviously think that the electorate has been sufficiently “prepared” for these attacks to become overt. They are betting that the many years and many billions of dollars they have poured into scaring people about the future of Medicare and Social Security will let them get away with this. They are betting that billions of dollars spent demonizing the entire idea of taxes will keep voters from recognizing how easily tax adjustments would fix any concerns about the future health of Medicare and Social Security.
Are they right?