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Republican Tax cuts today will be used by them to justify Medicaid, SS and Medicare cuts in the future
Posted by: Ted King
Date: November 09, 2017 04:39PM
The connection is deficits. With a budget busting tax cut that will balloon the national debt even more than its present corpulence, as the deficit balloons due to the tax cut, the Republicans will forget/pretend that the tax cuts have nothing to do with the problem and, for sure, the solution will be to have massive cuts in entitlements - especially Medicaid, SS and Medicare. They'll throw up their arms and go, "what else can we do?"

If that is right, then it gives all the more reason to vigorously oppose the Republican tax plan(s) - the tax cuts could further endanger Medicaid, SS and Medicare in the future.
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Re: Republican Tax cuts today will be used by them to justify Medicaid, SS and Medicare cuts in the future
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 09, 2017 04:50PM
Thanks for noticing.
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Re: Republican Tax cuts today will be used by them to justify Medicaid, SS and Medicare cuts in the future
Posted by: pdq
Date: November 09, 2017 05:29PM
I think you have hit the nail on the head.

It is one of the Republican's favorite multi-year rope-a-dopes.
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Re: Republican Tax cuts today will be used by them to justify Medicaid, SS and Medicare cuts in the future
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 09, 2017 08:47PM
There have always been two steps to the Republican plan to reduce the deficit.

Step One: Starve the Beast with revenue cuts to force budget cuts
Step Two: Make the budget cuts that have been forced by Step One.

They've been on Step One since 1981.
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Re: Republican Tax cuts today will be used by them to justify Medicaid, SS and Medicare cuts in the future
Posted by: pdq
Date: November 09, 2017 08:48PM
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Acer
They've been on Step One since 1981.

Well, not for lack of trying...
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Re: Republican Tax cuts today will be used by them to justify Medicaid, SS and Medicare cuts in the future
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 10, 2017 07:52AM
Remember, deficits and debt don't matter when Republicans are in power.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Republican Tax cuts today will be used by them to justify Medicaid, SS and Medicare cuts in the future
Posted by: michaelb
Date: November 10, 2017 08:56AM
Yes, and I posted this same comment in the first tax cut thread whenever that started last week or so. But cutting Medicaid, Medicare and SS is not so easy. They are entitlements for a reason, meaning the core structure of those programs is set out in the law itself, so would require 60 votes to change in the Senate, not going to happen. So the cuts will be to other aspects, like reimbursement rates in Medicare/Medicaid, which doesn't directly hurt beneficiaries, but aggravates problems with those programs and our overall health care system.

My understanding is that we are in the 3rd year under the sequester plan; the crazy plan that no one wanted and no one thought could or would become law. But sequester requires that any cuts to discretionary spending (so most everything not Medicaid, Medicare and SS) has to be matched by an equal cut to the military. So that is also untenable, and so at least for this current budget year, they may be paralyzed into not making major budget cuts.

But the deficits into the future will be a major problem and will likely straightjacket our economy and our government for decades (much like the Iraq war still impacts our budget today).
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