Social Security Where Does Your Candidate Stand?

John Kasich had no problems with expanding Medicaid that taxpayers pay for, but he does have a problem with American’s getting the Social Security they paid for.  John Kasich on Social Security cuts: ‘Get over it‘. John Kasich not only wants to cut Social Security benefits, he also wants to raise the retirement age.

John Kasich isn’t alone, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz want the age to be raised as well.  These men have lived their lives as politicians a cushy job in comparison to people who do physically demanding work. People who do physical work often have ankles or backs that wear out.

They say people are living longer. The United States is 43rd in life expectancy. In a study published by the Atlantic the authors conclude “that the mortality rate for uneducated white Americans has risen—even as people elsewhere are living longer and healthier.”  The authors cite drug and alcohol abuse, but then go on to say the rest (60%) is attributable to things like heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease.

By uneducated they mean people without college degrees.  Personally I find the term uneducated used in that manner to be offensive.  70% of Americans do not have college degrees and a good portion of that number perform physically demanding work. But the point is, if they become physically unable to do that work and the retirement age is raised, what will they do?

As for Mr. Trump,  “Trump is against any cuts to Social Security, and he’s also against raising the retirement age for Social Security recipients. In an October, 2015 speech, Trump issued a call for wealthy Americans to “voluntarily” give up their Social Security benefits. “I have friends that are worth hundreds of millions and billions of dollars and get Social Security,” he said. “They don’t even know the check comes in.” Trump for president said he could save money for Social Security by “getting rid of fraud.”

Trump also notes that Social Security is, as he is known to say, a “deal” between Uncle Sam and American citizens and that the federal government is bound to hold up its end of the bargain.

It’s not unreasonable for people who paid into a system for decades to expect to get their money’s worth–that’s not an ‘entitlement,’ that’s honoring a deal.”

They could save some money by not bringing in refugees who abuse our welfare and Social Security and deporting illegal aliens. Now you know where the Republican candidates stand on Social Security. As for the democrats, they can promise you the moon, but common sense dictates with funding becoming problematic in the near future, doing so would only dig the hole deeper. As it is now, they fail to recognize that anyone with any additional retirement income is already double taxed.  We aren’t talking about the millionaires that Donald Trump spoke of either. This double taxation hits union pensions, 401K distributions, etc. If that combined income exceeds $25,000 on a single return or $32,000 on a joint return, up to 85% of your Social Security benefits can be taxed.