‘Com­pas­sion­ate Con­ser­va­tives’ hate So­cial Se­cu­rity

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Opinion -

I am writ­ing to re­spond to the fre­quent claim made by Repub­li­cans that Democrats in the Congress and in the lib­eral part of the me­dia sup­port “RECK­LESS SPEND­ING” by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment on pro­grams that help peo­ple.

I want the Con­ser­va­tives to tell the coun­try which ones they want to CUT and RE­DUCE spend­ing on. It cer­tainly can­not be de­fense/ mil­i­tary spend­ing. So, which ones do they want to cut? It has to in­clude So­cial Se­cu­rity be­cause the fed­eral gov­ern­ment spends about 50 per­cent of all that it spends on So­cial Se­cu­rity alone. THAT’S what they want to cut. What other pro­grams are the ones where they imag­ine that there is much RECK­LESS SPEND­ING on? Medi­care. Med­i­caid. Food Stamps, Col­lege Stu­dent Loans. Un­em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance Ben­e­fits.

Of course, they are NOT talk­ing about do­ing some­thing about how Medi­care and Med­i­caid are de­frauded of tens of bil­lions of dol­lars by those in the health care/ med­i­cal fields. They are NOT talk­ing about re­duc­ing spend­ing by low­er­ing the out­ra­geous costs of pre­scrip­tion drugs/med­i­ca­tions. Oh no, that would be tak­ing away the pre­cious “Con­sti­tu­tional right” to make ob­scene prof­its off peo­ple’s ill­nesses and re­sul­tant suf­fer­ing and mis­ery. Their Con­sti­tu­tional right to to­tal in­di­vid­ual lib­erty and free­dom to rip off the Amer­i­can peo­ple must be pro­tected by the Con­ser­va­tive-Repub­li­cans.

Sim­ply put, when they talk about cut­ting and re­duc­ing “RECK­LESS SPEND­ING”, they are talk­ing about want­ing to cut the So­cial Se­cu­rity Re­tire­ment Ben­e­fits of not only fu­ture re­tirees but of cur­rent re­tirees as well.

“Move­ment-Con­ser­va­tive” Paul Ryan has sug­gested a cut of 23-25 per­cent (no­tice that he has al­ready se­lected the amount of the cuts that he dreams of). When peo­ple like Ryan talk about “sav­ing” and “re­form­ing” So­cial Se­cu­rity, other Con­ser­va­tive-Repub­li­cans know all too well that those are sim­ply code­words and buzz­words that stand for cut­ting and then even­tu­ally abol­ish­ing/elim­i­nat­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity in its en­tirety.

So, this is what you con­ser­va­tives are re­ally talk­ing about when you say that you stand for “Com­pas­sion­ate Con­ser­vatism.” You are all-heart. P.S. I am a re­tired col­lege pro­fes­sor of So­ci­ol­ogy and So­cial Work. I taught at West Vir­ginia Uni­ver­sity and Slip­pery Rock Uni­ver­sity. I earned both of my mas­ters de­grees at West Vir­ginia Uni­ver­sity. That’s why I know so much about pol­i­tics—-be­cause I re­ceived a great ed­u­ca­tion at WVU.

Ste­wart Ep­stein, Rochester

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