GOP cre­ated deficit, added to debt

Sunday Star - - OPINION -

On Oc­to­ber 23, Bob Thomas tried to counter Jim Bach­mann (“Dems mis­lead­ing on en­ti­tle­ment cuts”). Strangely, he wrote about the “dis­torted re­port­ing of the main­stream me­dia” and yet quoted that main­stream me­dia’s “dis­torted re­port­ing” (Wash­ing­ton Post) to make his ar­gu­ment. Hmmm.

Mitch McCon­nell first claimed that So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care had to be ad­justed on Jan. 18, 2013, at Com­merce Lex­ing­ton’s Pub­lic Pol­icy Lun­cheon (quoted in the Lex­ing­ton Her­ald-Leader). This claim was re­peated on Nov. 30,

2017, by Marco Ru­bio. Ru­bio said, “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.” Paul Ryan re­peated it on Dec.

8, 2017. In re­cent in­ter­views McCon­nell gave to Bloomberg (Oct. 16) and Reuters (Oct. 17), he iden­ti­fied “en­ti­tle­ments, in­clud­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity, Medi­care and Med­i­caid” as “the real driv­ers of the debt” and called for them to be “ad­justed to the de­mo­graph­ics of the fu­ture.”

Then, on Oct. 25, 2018, Trump nom­i­nated An­drew Saul, a board mem­ber of the hy­per-con­ser­va­tive Man­hat­tan In­sti­tute, to run the So­cial

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