McSally-GOP Social Security Threats Continue, Putting Arizona Seniors at Risk
McSally-GOP Threats Against Social Security Continue, Putting Arizona Seniors at Risk
For years, Martha McSally and Republicans have sought to cut, privatize, or otherwise eliminate earned benefits programs, including Social Security
PHOENIX — Eighty-four years after the signing of the Social Security Act, more than 1.3 million Arizonans count on the vital program. But despite Social Security’s vast and positive impact, Washington Republicans like unelected U.S. Sen. Martha McSally continue to pursue deep cuts to earned benefits programs.
As recently as June, two of McSally’s Republican colleagues separately argued for deep earned benefits cuts. Sen. John Cornyn said “the entitlement programs” are the “place to save money.” Sen. David Perdue pushed another dangerous proposal for cutting Social Security spending.
In each case, McSally’s colleagues are pushing for cuts to Social Security and Medicare as a way to offset Republicans’ 2017 trillion-dollar tax law giveaway to multinational corporations and billionaires. The measure has been such a windfall for McSally and Republicans’ corporate special interest donors that the U.S. Treasury “saw a 31 percent drop in corporate tax revenues last year, almost twice the decline official budget forecasters had predicted,” according to one report.
Over the years, McSally has advocated for significant changes and cuts to Arizonans’ earned benefits, including:
- backing an increase to the Social Security retirement age;
- pushing for privatized Social Security accounts;
- supporting Paul Ryan’s plans to “end traditional Medicare“; and
- supporting a scheme to voucherize Medicare that the AARP said “shifts costs” onto seniors, and which would cause most beneficiaries to “pay more than under current law.”
It’s just another example of Martha McSally siding with her party and corporate special interest backers, over Arizonans — more than 1.3 million of whom count on Social Security and over 1.2 million of whom rely on Medicare.