Social Security is at stake in this election

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks in the course of a campaign event on February 17, 2020 in Richmond, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Justin Sullivan

At a time of unprecedented money inequality and financial instability, Social Safety has come to be a significant flashpoint in the presidential election — and for very good rationale. Following all, despite claims to the contrary for the duration of his 2016 marketing campaign, President Donald Trump just lately floated the plan of cuts to the system.

This is a important risk to all 64 million Social Security recipients — and specially to communities of coloration. Nearly 3 quarters of African American and Latino beneficiaries rely on Social Security for the vast majority of their earnings, and devoid of Social Safety, about 50 percent or extra elderly Latinos and African Americans would be residing in poverty.

Trump, having said that, is not the only motive we should really be worried about the long term of Social Stability: Bloomberg News’ congressional correspondent recently reported that Republican Senate chief Mitch McConnell “advised me he hopes to perform with the up coming Democratic president to trim Social Stability, Medicare, Medicaid.”

All of this underscores an crucial actuality: to each defeat Trump in this election and improve Social Protection, we have to opt for Bernie Sanders as our Democratic nominee, because he has an unwavering report preventing from Social Protection cuts — and preventing for an enlargement of the system.

Sadly, not every single candidate in this race has these a observe document.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has pushed to slice positive aspects in the past. He shipped a Senate ground speech in 1995 boasting that he experienced tried out 4 independent occasions to freeze funding for Social Safety, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans advantages. And as not too long ago as 2007, he reported Social Safety cuts really should be on the table.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has an even more troubling file. He co-chaired a enterprise team that pushed to minimize Social Protection. In that purpose, he appeared on national television to declare that President Obama should find a offer with McConnell that highlighted “smart cuts.”

“There is a way to slowly lessen the advantages or raise the eligibility age for Medicare and for Social Security,” Bloomberg explained. “You will find a way to have far more co-fork out on Medicaid which will do two factors: just one, the consumers of the assistance will spend a little far more. But two, they’re going to believe twice prior to they use expert services.”

That is particularly the type of record Trump would seize on in a normal election — and it is the sort of offer McConnell wishes from the next president.

Senator Sanders has a a lot unique record — a person that would not be vulnerable to those Trump’s attacks, and one that would tell McConnell he will never get the cuts he so desperately needs.

During his vocation, he has always fought to defend Social Security. All through his to start with effective run for Congress, he campaigned towards freezes or cuts to price tag-of-living adjustments for Social Safety recipients. Within just months of getting sworn in as a member of the U.S. Household, he was just one of just 27 Household lawmakers to co-sponsor a monthly bill to boost Social Security gains for caregivers. He also co-sponsored laws to block a lower in Social Protection rewards for survivors — and he frequently opposed well balanced spending plan amendments from Republicans and conservative Democrats that also would have cut Social Protection.

As a U.S. Senator, he ongoing this advocacy. He worked with Democratic lawmakers to encourage the Obama administration to oppose initiatives to lower Social Protection — and to as an alternative guidance an enlargement of Social Safety.

Senator Sanders is the author of laws to do just that.

Today, billionaires shell out the same volume of funds into Social Stability as another person who helps make $132,900 a calendar year. Sanders’ legislation lifts that cap, and applies the payroll tax to all money in excess of $250,000. The new income generated by that modify would not only make Social Stability solvent for the subsequent 50 a long time, it also would allow for us to grow gains across the board, and boost expense-of-residing changes to retain tempo with inflation.

When President Franklin Roosevelt signed the primary bill producing Social Safety in 1935, he known as it “a legislation that will choose care of human demands and at the identical time deliver the United States an financial structure of vastly greater soundness.”

Eighty-five several years later on, we ought to now fortify that economic construction: we have to defeat Trump and elect Bernie Sanders — whose file can make crystal clear he will develop on Roosevelt’s historic achievement.

Nina Turner is a state senator from Ohio, and a co-chair of the Bernie Sanders campaign.

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