Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Different Approaches


In the Democratic presidential debate on 2/11/6, Senator Sanders noted: “We have the highest rate of childhood poverty among almost any major country on Earth.  In terms of seniors, there are millions of seniors... who are trying to get by on $11,000, $12,000, $13,000 a year Social Security...

“And here’s an area where Secretary Clinton and I believe we have a difference.  I have long supported the proposition that we should lift the cap on taxable income coming into the Social Security Trust Fund, starting at $250,000.

“And when we do that, we don’t do what the Republicans want, which is to cut Social Security.  We do what the American people want, to expand Social Security by $1,300 a year for people under $16,000, and we extend the life of Social Security for 58 years.

“The wealthiest people, the top 1.5 percent, will pay more in taxes.  But a great nation like ours should not be in a position where elderly people are cutting their pills in half, where they don’t have decent nutrition, where they can’t heat their homes in the wintertime.”

Hillary Clinton insisted: “ We don’t have a disagreement.  We both believe there has to be more money going into the Social Security system.  I’m looking at a couple of different ways, one which you mentioned, Senator, but also trying to expand the existing tax to passive income that wealthy people have so that we do get more revenue into the Social Security Trust Fund.

Hillary’s different approach would expand benefits for seniors who worked at low-wage jobs, but she also wants to take care of women.

She explained: “When the Social Security program was started in the 1930s, not very many women worked.  And women have been disadvantaged ever since.  They do not get any credit for their care-taking responsibilities.  And the people who are often the most hard-hit are widows, because when their spouse dies, they can lose up to one-half of their Social Security monthly payment.  We have no disagreement about the need to buttress Social Security, get more revenue into the program.  But I want to start by helping those people who are most at risk, the ones who are cutting their pills in half, who don’t believe they can make the rent, who are worried about what comes next for them.”

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