SO EVEN "MODERATE" REPUBLICANS CAN'T BE RATIONAL?
Governor John Kasich of Ohio, is one of the 12 or 16 or 24 (I’m no longer sure) Republican candidates for President. As of today he’s running in 8th place with 2.8% well behind The Donald at 23% and “Dr.” Ben Carson at 21%. In fact, compared to Trump, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, Fiorina, Huckabee and the rest of the Republican pack, Kasich is actually one of the more moderate Republican candidates. Both he and Christie, Governor of New Jersey, have occasionaLly veer into the realm of the real to talk about issues as opposed to Trump or Carson who seem bent on proving to America just how vapid, dumb, addled brained and, in the case of Carson, downright creepy, these guys are. But then, “moderate”, as the Republicans and the House of Representatives’ “Freedom Caucus” defines it, is a pretty loosy-goosy term. For example, here’s what “moderate Republican” Governor Kasich had to say recently.
From The Daily Kos
By Stu Hunter:
John Kasich had quite a gaffe filled week. First, he demeaned, and then was condescending to female college voters in Richmond, Virginia.
Now, he's touched on reducing benefits for Social Security recipients, telling seniors to "get over it"....
What is it with the GOP candidates? "Get Over It".... "Stuff Happens" ....
John Kasich has just disqualified himself from being president of the United States. He wants to decrease taxes for corporations and the ultra wealthy while calling for a reduction to Social Security benefits.
(CNN)—Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday that a New Hampshire audience member would "get over" cuts to Social Security payments as a result of his reform plan -- and the left is already pouncing on the comment.
He asked audience members to raise their hands if they were far from receiving Social Security, asked them if they knew yet what their initial benefit would be and then asked them if they would be bothered if it were a little lower for the good of the country.
One person said it would be a problem.
"Well, you'd get over it, and you're going to have to get over it," Kasich joked.
What he considers funny and what I consider funny are two different things. Maybe he could supply our seniors with the dog and cat food they'll be eating with reduced benefits. The problem with these right-wingers is they have started to believe their own propaganda.
Then he doubled down and went for cuts to Medicare/Medicaid as well:
"You're on Medicare and you want me to ignore the fact that its going broke, you're not going to like me," he told the audience, adding later, "I'd rather have people be in a position where they're aggravated with me so I can accomplish something, than have them love me and accomplish nothing, okay. I'm not there to run a popularity contest."
Social Security is paid from taxes that are only collected on the first $125k of income, if they got rid of the FICA tax cap so that all income paid FICA taxes, there would be NO social security issues at all.
So when Kasich bellows: "We can't balance a budget without entitlement reform. What are we, kidding?" It's just a complete lie. Getting rid of the FICA tax cap wouldn't affect anyone earning less than $125k (you're already paying it) and would make those who are earning more pay their fair share for living in this country and having access to the benefits of living in this country.
For reference, a 2012 article where getting rid of the tax cap would bring in $100 Billion per YEAR and make Social Security solvent for 75 years.
A gaffe is when a politician accidentally says what they are really thinking...and that is what is truly scary about all 16 Republican clowns that are running for the highest office in the land.
LET ME RE-EMPHASIZE SOMETHING IN THE ABOVE ARTICLE:
“For reference, a 2012 article where getting rid of the tax cap would bring in $100 Billion per YEAR and make Social Security solvent for 75 years http://www.pbs.org/...”
I guess Governor Kasich missed this somewhere along the way.
In essence then, if Social Security is going broke according to the conservative politicians and their conservative economic enablers, it’s going broke because we haven’t fixed it. For example, when Social Security was adopted in 1935, the population of the United State was 127 million and the average wage was $474. (No, that last figure isn’t a mistake;) Today there are 320 million Americans and that average wage today is around $50,000. The problem with both Social Security and Medicare is my generation: The Baby Boomers. Too many folks retiring and collecting the Social Security benefits (money) they contributed to while enrolling in Medicare at the same time, which program we also contributed to for our entire working lives. God forbid that Congress should increase the top income cap ($125,000) when contributions kick out. Is there any good reason why someone earning $350,000 a year should pay into Social Security at the same rate as someone making less than half that?
Bottom Line: We (us Baby Boomers) are like the digesting Warthog bulge you see in a Python’s stomach: uncomfortable for a time but in due course, the situation will pass.
Again, have a good day and beware Republican Governors spreading gloom, doom and misinformation around the country.
AND THIS IS WHAT THE TEA PARTY THINKS OF "MODERATE REPUBLICAN" JOHN KASICH:
PRETTY DAMNED AMAZING!