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wi65

‘It’s not their money’: Older Americans worried debt default means no Social Security

Since 2001, the United States has spent more money than revenue it has taken in overall.
(i wonder how much of that caused by those forever billionaire tax breaks?)

“I’m pretty confident that payments would be fulfilled,” Richtman said. “That’s not much comfort to those people who will not be able to pay for their groceries, their utilities or their rent while they’re waiting to receive a back payment.”

Lynda Fisher, 80, told ABC News that her budget relies on her monthly Social Security check and that a delay would complicate her essential spending, frustrating the 80-year-old who has spent her life contributing to the system “I paid into Social Security, and I paid into Medicare,” she said. “And now they’re trying to take it away. It’s not their money, it’s my money that I paid into.”

And a lot of GQP seniors have pulled the R lever for thier life time and only now begin to understand that the GQP donest care about them -just thier vote. The sad thing they’ll still pull the lever for the R on the ballot.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/older-americans-worried-debt-default-means-social-security/story?id=99506742

Benny
Benny

Since when is the MSM caring about us?

jcitybone

jcitybone

Paul ADK

Were those tables filled with war criminals? Because that’s the only suitable celebration of Kissinger’s 100th.

Oh, it’s Yale, of course they were.

jcitybone

Another pretty good poll for Katie. It is similar to the Lee internal.

jcitybone

Bernie op ed on Fox News.

We are at a pivotal moment in American history. In the coming days, decisions will be made with respect to our federal budget and the national debt that could impact the lives of virtually every American in our country for decades to come.

In my view, the debate we are having on the debt ceiling is about our national priorities. It is about what we value as a nation and whose side we are on.

At a time of unprecedented wealth and income inequality, when the top 1% has never had it so good and when three people on top own more wealth than the bottom half of our society, do we finally demand that the billionaire class start paying their fair share of taxes? Or do we shower the wealthy and well-connected with trillions of dollars in new tax breaks?

At a time when corporations are making enormous profits by jacking up the price of health care, prescription drugs, gasoline and groceries, do we finally end the huge loopholes that exist in our rigged tax code that allow large corporations to avoid paying their fair share of taxes?

Or do we eliminate the corporate minimum tax passed last year that prevents giant profitable corporations from paying nothing in federal income taxes after making billions in profits?

At a time when we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs do we finally take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and substantially reduce the price of what Medicare and the American people pay for life-saving medicine?

Or do we continue to allow the pharmaceutical industry to bankrupt Medicare and cancer patients by charging outrageously high prices at the pharmacy counter?

At a time when the United States spends more on the military — $877 billion — than the next 10 nations combined, do we finally begin to eliminate the enormous waste, fraud and cost over-runs that exist at the Department of Defense?

Do we address the information revealed in a recent “60 Minutes” investigation that documented the billions in price gouging that defense contractors steal from taxpayers? Or do we continue to appropriate more money for the Pentagon than our generals have requested?

Sadly, the Republicans have made their priorities abundantly clear throughout the budget negotiations.

If Congress does not agree to impose massive cuts on the needs of working people, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor — they will allow, for the first time in our history, the U.S. to default on the national debt.

This action will have a devastating impact on our economy, destroy millions of jobs and cause interest rates on mortgages and auto loans to skyrocket.

The hypocrisy of Republicans in Washington is truly breathtaking. Over and over again, we hear from the Republican leadership about how deeply concerned they are about the large deficit and national debt that we have.

Really? If that’s the case, why have they been pushing for the complete repeal of the estate tax which benefits a handful of multi-billionaire families and would increase the federal deficit by $1.8 trillion?

Why are they pushing for an extension of the Trump tax breaks that disproportionately benefit the wealthy and large corporations and would increase the federal deficit by $3.5 trillion?

Why do they want huge increases in defense spending that would increase the national debt by hundreds of billions of dollars?

While defaulting on our nation’s debt would be a disaster so would enacting the budget Republicans passed in the House in April. Here are just some of the estimated impacts of what is included in their budget to cut non-defense discretionary spending by at least 22% next year:

Deep and sweeping budget cuts that would push 790,000 Americans out of their jobs and push our economy toward a recession.

Up to 21 million Americans could lose Medicaid, ripping away the health care they need.

80,000 jobs would be cut at the Department of Veterans Affairs alone and millions of veterans would be forced to wait much longer for the care and benefits they need.

1.2 million women, infants and children would not receive the nutrition they need to stay healthy through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

Nutrition services, such as Meals on Wheels, would be cut for more than 1 million low-income seniors.

640,000 families would lose access to rental assistance and more than 430,000 low-income families would be evicted from their homes.

200,000 children would be thrown off Head Start and 180,000 kids would lose access to childcare.

2 million Americans would lose access to health care services through Community Health Centers.
In other words, while the top 1% owns more wealth than the bottom 90% of our population, and when 60% of our workers are living paycheck to paycheck, the Republican budget would cause massive suffering for the most vulnerable people in our country.

The willingness of Republicans to hold the world’s economy hostage to their Draconian and cruel demands has made it extremely difficult to enact a bipartisan budget deal at this time.

So where do we go from here?

In my view, there is only one option. President Biden has the authority and the responsibility under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to avoid a default.

The language in that amendment is quite clear. It says, “The validity of the public debt of the United States … shall not be questioned.” This is a constitutional guarantee that the U.S. will always pay all its debts, period.

This is not a radical idea. Making sure that the United States continues to pay its bills regardless of whether the statutory increase in the debt ceiling is raised or not is an idea that has been supported by Republicans and Democrats.

Back in 2016, then-President Donald Trump was correct when he said: “This is the United States government. First of all, you never have to default because you print the money.”

Using the 14th Amendment would allow the United States to continue to pay its bills on-time and without delay, prevent an economic catastrophe, and prevent huge cuts to health care, education, childcare, affordable housing, nutrition assistance and the needs of our veterans.

It must be exercised.

Benny
Benny

One of the Fair and Balance pieces one sees on the Snooz.

jcitybone

Yes a “reasonable” deal might be coming.

Benny

Benny

So these two are going to be the holdups along with two other DINOs. And let me get this right: Dems can’t live without their votes whether they be in the minority or majority, right?

Balderdash.

EyeRound
EyeRound

Factions of American youth joining Blue Dog Dems. I suppose we had to expect that. American ignorance is certainly not limited to them!

jcitybone

wi65

When you lose Superman. A while back DC changed their Mantra; Truth Justic and the American way to Truth Justic and A Better Tommorrow. Since we went thru the reign of terror of Cult-45, Snot Walker and Defascist to name a few i grown rather distant from those 3 words. Truth, politicians have overtly lied with video evidence and on the witness stand and get off scott free Hell some dont even get charged. Justice = $$$$$ in todays America to get out of trouble and the American Way the one i used to believe in died a long time ago. I doubt i’ll live long enough to see that original phrase mean what it once meant. However the Mrs is still patrotic and has her flower garden in that theme of flowers. To me patroitism doesn’t mean all that much right now.

Benny

Ken Paxton updates: Texas House impeachment vote will be an intra-GOP showdown

The Texas House intends to take up a resolution to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton at 1 p.m. Saturday, according to a memo from the House General Investigating Committee.

Citing Paxton’s “long-standing pattern of abuse of office and public trust,” the memo said it was imperative for the House to proceed with impeachment to prevent Paxton from using his office’s “significant powers” to further obstruct and delay justice. The committee proposed allocating four hours of debate, evenly divided between supporters and opponents of impeachment, with 40 minutes for opening arguments by committee members and 20 minutes for closing statements. A simple majority is needed to send the matter to a trial before the Senate. If the House votes to impeach Paxton, the memo said, the House would conduct the trial in the Senate through a group of House members called “managers.”

The committee stressed that Paxton’s request earlier this year for the Legislature to pay $3.3 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit led to its investigation and ultimately the articles of impeachment. The memo also said impeachment is not a criminal process and its primary purpose is to “protect the state, not to punish the offender.”

The memo also addressed arguments by lawyers with the attorney general’s office who called the committee investigation illegal because impeachment proceedings could not be initiated against Paxton for crimes alleged to have occurred before his last election in 2022. The memo said the so-called “forgiveness doctrine” did not apply in Paxton’s case. The committee cited the most famous impeachment case in Texas history to support its argument, noting that in 1917, Gov. James Ferguson was impeached on four articles that related to his conduct before and during the 1916 election. The Senate convicted Ferguson on those counts.

Benny

Savage couldn’t resist the snark, and neither can I.

jcitybone

wi65

As Mouse V Defascist rolls on lets say it ends up at USSCi wonder what they’ll do. Remember they ruled that Corporations are people so rule in favor of Disney Defascist loses as Disney has the rights of free speach. if they rule in favor of Defascist does than mean corporations are no longer people going against thier own ruling? Odds are they wont take the case that will back them into a corner.

wi65

Floriadum as Orl was the subject of a couple toons

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wi65

GQP2024

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