A new NPR PBS Newshour Marist poll shows that a solid majority of Americans (60 percent), including Republicans, oppose the GOP plan to slash Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. To address the deficit, they support undoing the GOP tax cuts. Will public opinion move the GOP?
The GOP has historically slashed taxes and then argued for the need to slash Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to pay for its tax cuts. So, now that the GOP has successfully slashed taxes, it’s no surprise that Mitch McConnell is advocating to slash these vital programs. But, only a small fraction of Democrats and Republicans (21 percent) support the GOP plan, according to the poll,
Fortunately, Americans were not fooled by the GOP’s 2018 “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” According to the Congressional Budget Office, it adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit over ten years. And, most Americans realize that this tax law has only benefited wealthy Americans and corporations.
Moreover, Mitch McConnell and the GOP clearly do not understand how Social Security is funded. Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit, as Ronald Reagan explains in this Facebook video. It is entirely funded by employer and employee payroll contributions. Cutting Social Security would simply take money from people who depend on Social Security and put it in the Social Security Trust Fund.
Will the GOP’s agenda affect how well the Republican Party does in the mid-term elections next week? If the Republicans lose the House, after January 1, it will be much harder for the GOP to continue its assault on Americans’ economic and health security.
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