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Ronald Reagan: “Social Security has Nothing to do with the Deficit” [Video]

FOR ALL those people who worship at the feet of Ronald Reagan.

As grand bargain fever whips up, keeping Social Security out of the mix should be a priority, something Senator Bernie Sanders and others have been preaching for a long time.

The numbers are on the side of Democrats and progressives. From Democracy Corp:

…Elites assume the fiscal cliff is about deficit reduction and avoiding a contraction in the economy, voters want progress to create jobs over the next five years. Voters want growth, not austerity, and above all, do not see ‘entitlements’ as on the table.

· Two-thirds give an intense positive response to a “plan to invest in new industries and rebuild the country and create jobs over the next five years.” That is 5 points higher than “a plan to dramatically reduce the deficit to allow the economy to grow over next five years.”

· By 67 to 26 percent, voters say the priority should be growth rather deficit reduction.

There is no evidence that voters have any interest in the contours of Simpson-Bowles approach to the budget.

· Over 60 percent rule out cuts in Medicare and Social Security as part of a deficit reduction package.

· Almost three-quarters find acceptable in any such plan creating a new higher rate for those earning over a million dollars.

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4 Responses to Ronald Reagan: “Social Security has Nothing to do with the Deficit” [Video]

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter November 8, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    1.” Voters want growth, not austerity, and above all, do not see ‘entitlements’ as on the table.”

    If one listens to “talk radio” or the shit house rat crazy contingent voters want DEEP cuts to EVERYTHING except military spending.

    2.”· Two-thirds give an intense positive response to a “plan to invest in new industries and rebuild the country and create jobs over the next five years.” That is 5 points higher than “a plan to dramatically reduce the deficit to allow the economy to grow over next five years.”

    Again, the professional mouth pieces for the Koch brothers and the rest of the wingnut 1% say no, voters want CUT,CUT,CUT!!

    3.”· By 67 to 26 percent, voters say the priority should be growth rather deficit reduction.”

    But…but….those voters are just that lazy 47% looking for handouts!

    4.”There is no evidence that voters have any interest in the contours of Simpson-Bowles approach to the budget.”

    But…but….limpwithnoballs and Beck and Handjobity and OLielly say we muct cut,cut,cut!!!?

    ·5.” Over 60 percent rule out cuts in Medicare and Social Security as part of a deficit reduction package.”

    But…but…but…..

    It was actually pretty sweet listening to the wingnutesphere today. They are CONVINCED Romney lost because he just wasn’t rightwing ENOUGH! They are doubling down on the crazy and I really, really hope they stay that way. It will make 2014 allot easier to take back the House and maybe bring even a small glimmer of sanity back.

    · Almost three-quarters find acceptable in any such plan creating a new higher rate for those earning over a million dollars.

  2. fangio November 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Present day Americans just need a history lesson: what was life like before Social Security, what was it like before Medicare and Medicaid, disability insurance, sick days, health insurance? America was a pretty ugly place and it was made ugly by the very people who are attacking it now, the wealthy. Workers did not get their heads bashed in so they could be moochers, they got their heads bashed in because the power brokers took everything and gave them crumbs. This is the America that people like Paul Ryan have wet dreams about; he’s working out the trauma of finding his dead daddy.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter November 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      NO fangio…the workers are just lazy and wanted to slouch around and just work 8 hours and five days a week…think of how this is robbing the 1%…the job creators!!!

    • Jane Austen November 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      fangio – they don’t remember what public hospitals were like before Medicare/Medicaid with 30-bed wards, 2 nurses if they were lucky and doctors you could never find. I do. I remember what it was like if you didn’t have health insurance and you got sick. You went to a city hospital. I saw people who suffered heart attacks refused treatment at private hospitals because they had no insurance and sent to the city hospital, much to the detriment of their health. If you got sick and had to take time off from the job there was no guarantee that you would have a job when you came back. I don’t want those days back. They were ghastly. America is better than that.

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