The Washington Times reports that the Democrat Party is salivating that they can finally “have it all” in the current political climate in regards to entitlements. They’re eating their own when not everyone in their party agrees with them;
Christy Setzer, a Democratic consultant, said that “the safety net’s making a comeback.”
“Polls show that not only do Americans want to preserve Social Security, they want to see it expanded — not just in NYC, but in Colorado,” Ms. Setzer said. “That means that moving to the left is a viable position for Democrats in blue and red states alike.”
The internal bickering is similar to the squabbles that have played out on the Republican side of the aisle, where some of the darlings of the tea party and conservative movement have accused GOP leaders of habitually selling out basic conservative principles.
Mrs. Warren and Mr. de Blasio have energized the liberal base of the Democratic ranks, which has accused the Obama administration of not fighting hard enough for the issues that they care about most.
Mr. de Blasio won the New York mayoral race Nov. 5 with more than 73 percent of the vote after vowing to raise taxes on the city’s wealthier residents to cover the cost of expanded government programs — including universal pre-kindergarten — and to reduce inequality.
Speaking on the floor of the Senate two weeks later, Mrs. Warren said that if the nation wants a real middle class then Congress must get serious about the nation’s retirement system because more people than ever are on the edge of financial disaster once they retire.
“That is why we should be talking about expanding Social Security benefits, not cutting them,” she said.
It’s really too bad that they’re not this rabid over helping veterans just keep the benefits that they’ve earned. Healthcare costs are rising on retirees, they’re losing some of their benefits, Congress is perfectly happy to cut their pay, the Department of Defense raids our $770 million Tricare surplus and then doesn’t bat an eye when they push us off of Tricare Prime and raise our premiums and co-pays.
And here are the Democrats expanding their social programs. Before you think I’m talking about retirees on Social Security, I’m not. I’m talking about the people on SSI because they can’t find a job because they were busted for smoking pot on their last job (yes, I know one). I’m talking about people who game the system – that’s who the Democrats want to “expand” the program to include.
And then they tell us how the things we were promised are standing in the way of readiness.
Someone whose name would surprise you, asked me today about issues that affect the military. This is issue number one. The Department of Defense and Congress won’t keep their promises to veterans, but they’ll make new promises to the professionally indigent.