Mike Huckabee just declared that he’s the only GOP candidate running for president who will not cut funding to Social Security and Medicare. Huckabee is outraged that the Social Security Administration under the leadership of President Obama has announced that it will not give a cost of living increase to Social Security beneficiaries.
Huckabee is not pleased about how the Social Security cost of living formula won’t provide an increase next year pic.twitter.com/0NmOuhfMjI
— Nick Timiraos (@NickTimiraos) October 15, 2015
It makes me sick to my stomach that Congress gives themselves an automatic pay raise. While I know there are many good members of Congress who oppose this, Medicare premiums keep skyrocketing, and 70 million Americans, nearly one-fifth of our population, will not receive a Social Security cost of living increase next year.
What will it take for Washington to keep its promise–instead of throwing American seniors under the bus? The cost of food, medicine, and Medicare keep rising, and anyone in Washington who says otherwise is living on a different planet.
I am the only Republican candidate running for president that will not cut Social Security and Medicare. I am shocked that GOP presidential candidates, leaders in Congress, and President Obama believe we should balance the federal budget and increase the debt ceiling on the backs of America’s seniors.
Congress must act now to address this unfair, unacceptable news. The double-standard in Washington is mind-blowing.
— Amanda Butt (@Amandajbutt) October 16, 2015
The announcement comes on the heels of Congress’ inability to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood to the tune of $500 million dollars.
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The decision not to pay the increase to beneficiaries makes the third time in 10 years that the administration has done so. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Americans receive Social Security benefits along with 8 million more who collect a benefit called Supplemental Security Income, which goes mainly to the poor and disabled. The average monthly Social Security check is $1,224. Social Security is the primary source of income to many American households. An estimated 26 million more people would have fallen below the government’s official poverty line last year without the payments, according to the Census Bureau.”
Do you think it’s fair that Congress will give themselves raises and not give those who are dependent on social security funds the modest increase?