The turmoil that trump is causing with his stupid ban and other worthless executive orders is giving Paul Ryan the cover he needs. If you were surprised by Ryan’s endorsement of the Muslim Ban, don’t be so surprised. He actually wants the turmoil right now so he can get to work on killing the social safety net.
Ryan is quietly gathering lackey members of his politburo to set up the attack on most of America but especially the middle-class. The latest recruit is someone you have probably never heard from before.
Our illustrious president keeps saying that he wants to help the middle-class all the while his henchmen work behind the turmoil to kill the middle-class. The first target is the middle-class retirement and Social Security.
The person that Ryan has recruited is a Representative from Texas by the name of Sam Johnson. This pathetic Congressman has sat in his seat representing his district in Texas for about 28 years. In that 28 years he has sat quietly and has done absolutely nothing except what he was told to do by his party bosses.
That makes him the perfect candidate to help kill Social Security for Ryan. He doesn’t have a history of doing anything, so people might think he is being serious and not a party hack, which he is.
He has come out with his plan which he calls the “Plan To Permanently Save Social Security”. Wow! That sure is a humdinger of a name. Of course it is all the same bullshit we have heard about Social Security by Republicans over decades.
The basic premise of the plan is that Social Security is going broke, which it is not. According to this lackluster Congressman it is going broke and will disappear because there will be no money in its coffers, so it must be saved.
Because he lies about it going bankrupt, he figures that you will go into a panic and support his plan which he is sugar-coating by calling it “modernizing”,“updating” and “ensuring” the benefits and solvency of the Social Security program, which a big majority of Americans count on to avoid living out their golden years in stark poverty.
He claims that his “plan” will save about 11.6 trillion dollars in benefits to the American Workers. Wow! What a plan! Imagine what you could do with your share of those savings. Only there is one small catch to this marvelous plan. It sucks!
First, you will continue to pay the 12.4 percent of your wages throughout your lifetime. Then, and here is the really great part, when you retire, you can expect anywhere between 20 and 69 percent LESS in benefits. That means that if you were to make $1000 per month in benefits, his plan would give you a no more than a whopping $800 per month or less in benefits.
So, according to his plan, you would continue to pay into the system but get less when you retire. That is called “gutting” the system and ripping you off. See, what a wonderful plan to permanently save Social Security. I bet you can’t wait for it to go into effect.
The question is why would a nobody congressman from Texas put forth such a plan? Why would he be so willing to hit the middle-class so hard when it is time for them to retire? And, if it is such a wonderful plan would he be so dishonest about its details?
Maybe it is because he just doesn’t care about the middle-class. Maybe it is because he knows that he is going to “get his” when he finally leaves his comfy chair in congress. Since he took up space in Congress for 28 years not only can Johnson draw a big Social Security check, but he can also receive more than $70,000 a year from his congressional pension. So why should he give a damn about us? Because Ryan is using him as cover and told him to submit his plan.
The Republican party has made it easier for corporate greed meisters and their political henchman to rip off the American middle-class workers for nearly a half century. They have kept wages low by attacking and passing laws to kill unions representing the workers. They have stripped traditional “retirement” plans from their workers. They have economically pummeled their workers. Now, Ryan thinks we need to be pummeled again by attacking the small amount of retirement money most Americans depend upon to stay out of object poverty in their “golden years”.
Ryan tries to justify this dismantling of Social Security by claiming that dependence on such public “entitlements” weakens our nation’s morality. Entitlements? Since when is a program that the workers of America pay into to get benefits later called entitlements? This program is not a “government handout” it is something we paid for to help our retirement years. In other words it has been earned.
And Morality? Social Security embodies America’s core moral value of fairness and our society’s commitment to the common good. And it works. Before it was enacted, half of all American’s spent their “golden years” in poverty. Social Security has saved the great majority of us from old-age penury. Where is the morality in taking this earned retirement and modicum of dignity from millions?
Besides, who is Ryan to give us a lecture on the morality of entitlements. Besides his normal pay check, he enjoys a mud pit of “entitlements” that the rest of us don’t get. Such as free limousine and chauffeur, a maximum-coverage health plan, a tax-paid PR agent, a lavish expense account, free travel and, of course, a platinum-level congressional retirement program funded by the very taxpayers whose Social Security he’s out to kill. Paul Ryan is the last person I need a lecture from on morality of any kind.
Paul Ryan is quietly working behind the turmoil caused by trump to get his people busting agenda through his politburo called the Republican Caucus. The middle-class working stiffs and the poor working class in America are targets in Ryan’s crosshairs again.
And, despite the promises from trump, he will more than likely sign any bill Ryan puts in front of him including the gutting of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid which lying trump says won’t be touched.
We need to keep on top of trump and his agenda of an authoritarian government. But, we also need to keep track of Ryan and his society busting hacks in congress. If trump wants to become dictator for life, he needs abettors in Congress who will allow it to happen. That can only happen if he signs whatever the abettors put in front of him. And, for the sake of power, he will gladly sign anything including our future.
Sorry folks, this is only going to get worse, not better. Paul Ryan will make sure of that. And, the shirts keep marching along.