I will not repeat yesterday’s complaint that the Social Security goalpost has been moved for those of us born on or after 1960. “Full retirement age” changes from 65 to 67, for us youngsters. We lose 24 months of social security payments… I won’t say that today. I said it a lot yesterday. Not today though.
Today, my battle cry is the threat this small House majority poses to the global economy.
The House GOP clown show has aimed its water squirting boutonniere, at the heart of our “entitlements.” That is what they like to call our money, after it’s been withdrawn from each paycheck, and held in its own guaranteed trust, by the U.S. treasury for Social Security, Medicare, Disability, Medicaid, Food Assistance, when we reach “full retirement age,” (or if needed prior) as part of debt ceiling talks.
Kevin McCarthy is threatening to block raising the debt ceiling unless President Biden agrees to his terms. Failure to raise the debt ceiling would mean another government shutdown. We had two when Trump was in the White House, but we were not recovering from a recession then as we are now.
What McCarthy and his cohorts want, in exchange for raising the debt ceiling and allowing the recession to continue on its road to recovery, is our Social Security. They also want a federal tax on food and goods at the rate of 30%. They want to tell people what kind of food they can buy with government assistance. It seems they’re targeting a demographic with this list:
Ringmaster McCarthy and his clowns are not only risking the U.S. economy, but this will spill over globally.
Well, you say, they can’t do much because we have the Senate majority. That is a majority of one, but if you subtract the two Trojan horses who are wheeling and dealing with Republicans, (and they are,) we have a minority (-1) in the Senate.
Not to worry. President Biden has veto power, and despite the debt ceiling dangling strategy, I trust Biden’s experience to maneuver this. Still, indictments would help.
It is now being reported that West Virginia’s U.S. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is working with Republicans to cut or eliminate Social Security. If he, along with Arizona’s U.S. Democratic Senator Kristen Sinema, vote with the GOP, Congress may pass the House bill to cut or end Social Security, restrict meals, and add a 30% tax on all of our purchased food. Then it’s handed to the President’s for a signature to complete the changes.
This is the private part of my post. Please skip ahead unless you are Jack Smith.
The idea of a shutdown during a recession is disastrous for the U.S. and world economy, but let me dispel some rumors.
Governmental agencies are required to classify their employees as either “essential” or “non-essential.” The employees classified as “essential” continue to work during a closure. Employees classified as “non-essential” are put on unpaid furlough, but will be back paid when they return to work. Those employees may also be eligible for Unemployment Compensation during their unpaid days. Government employees have had ample practice at this inconvenience since federal government shutdown from 12/22/2018 to 1/25/2019 (35 days.) That was the longest government shutdown in history and the second during the Trump’s squatting.
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food assistance programs, unemployment compensation are considered essential services and will NOT be affected.
We need the treasonous criminals removed from congress.
On a personal note, have I mentioned I’m growing out my colored hair? Well, I am. I have about 4” of natural growth, dark with several gray stripes. It looks like a bird crapped on my head, but I’m playing the long game. Maybe I’ll post pictures of that journey someday. 🤪