Cutting Social Security and Medicare

Paul Ryan is hell bent on shredding the social safety net created by the New Deal, including deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare, out of an adolescent attachment to the writing of Ayn Rand. According to Rand, and Ryan, everyone is responsible for himself/herself, and taxing other people to provide for the common good or to give poor seniors a baseline of publicly funded benefits is immoral.

Here’s why Ryan’s fixation is a terrible idea. The Atlantic article is entitled “This Is What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like”. Women are disproportionately affected by poverty in old age. Women have historically earned less, and therefore been able to save less.

Remember that Ryan and the Republicans who control Congress were all in on tax cuts for the wealthy. They’re all in on cutting benefits for the elderly poor as well. The mean-spiritedness of it repels me. But then, I don’t vote Republican.

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