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Seeing what he called “an enormous amount of disinformation about Social Security” in the media, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined with activist filmmaker Robert Greenwald to produce a video that attempts to explains why.
Sanders claims that campaign contributions and hundreds of millions in think tank funding from billionaire industrialist brothers David and Charles Koch help create an “echo chamber” for “misinformation” on the hugely popular federal safety net, like suggesting it is about to go broke or claiming the retirement age must be raised in order to prevent economic collapse.
“Social Security is not going broke,” Sanders insisted. “Social Security has a $2.2 trillion surplus… The Koch brothers want to invest your retirement funds on Wall Street, and you may lose all of your retirement savings when you get old.”
Great. So the same guys who brought us the union busting movement to lower our standard of living during our working years now want to strip away the security net that is supposed to help to catch us if we fall once our earning years are over. I am so starting to believe the whole "corporate states of America". And I hate it.
Instead of raising the retirement age or privatizing the system how about make it law Congress can no longer raid the pension program for spending. That seems much more logical to me.
I would not agree with Bernie Sanders however that Social Security is perfectly stable as I do believe it does not immediate reforms so as to make it perfectly stable but these reforms do not need to be very painful or transformative.
How many people would return to the GOP if they shed their Evangelical wing?
The work of Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg is a classic study of Reagan Democrats. Greenberg analyzed white ethnic voters (largely unionized auto workers) in Macomb County, Michigan, just north of Detroit. The county voted 63 percent for John F. Kennedy in 1960, but 66 percent for Reagan in 1980. He concluded that "Reagan Democrats" no longer saw Democrats as champions of their working class aspirations, but instead saw them as working primarily for the benefit of others: the very poor, feminists, the unemployed, African Americans, Latinos, and other groups. In addition, Reagan Democrats enjoyed gains during the period of economic prosperity that coincided with the Reagan administration following the "malaise" of the Carter administration. They also supported Reagan's strong stance on national security and opposed the 1980s Democratic Party on such issues as pornography, crime, and taxes.
please just another hate the koch bros thread.
but consider the social security element in this thread someone is lying and it aint the kochs.