Trump announced plans to end Social Security if he’s re-elected: “the Lord created executive orders”

It is the GOP white whale, a continuing trope, to loot the social security system by eliminating it, and Trump wanted no defections in 2020. It is a sign of desperation to step on what has been a third rail of recent decades and a more symbolic attack on the New Deal. Now every GOP member must run on this death pact.

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“Donald Trump once promised that he would be ‘the only Republican that doesn’t want to cut Social Security.’ We now know that what he meant is that cutting Social Security doesn’t go far enough for him: He wants to destroy Social Security.

Donald Trump’s executive order, which seeks to defer Social Security contributions, is bad enough. But his promise to ‘terminate’ FICA contributions if he is reelected is a full-on declaration of war against current and future Social Security beneficiaries.

Social Security is the foundation of everyone’s retirement security. At a time when pensions are vanishing and 401ks have proven inadequate, Trump’s plan to eliminate Social Security’s revenue stream would destroy the one source of retirement income that people can count on. Moreover, Social Security is often the only disability insurance and life insurance that working families have. If reelected, Trump plans to destroy those benefits as well.

Every member of Congress must speak up now to denounce Donald Trump’s unconstitutional raid on Social Security. Voters should treat any Senator or Representative who is silent as complicit in destroying Social Security. Furthermore, every American who cares about Social Security’s future must do everything they can to ensure that Trump does not get a second term.”

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— Robert Reich (@RBReich) August 9, 2020

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— Paul Siciliano (@AmericanJacobin) August 9, 2020

— E.J. Kalafarski (@ejkalafarski) August 9, 2020

If Biden wins the presidency, we know Republicans will try to make the recovery as crushingly slow and miserable as possible. As Ryan Cooper notes, Republicans are showing us this right now, so Biden must seriously internalize this reality to prepare to do whatever it takes to overcome that opposition and ensure as fast a recovery as possible.
Biden has proven willing to acknowledge that the scale of the crisis will likely require massive deficit spending. But as economic historian Adam Tooze tells Eric Levitz, the intellectual and political pull toward a snapback to austerity is remarkably strong even in grueling recovery periods, and will have to be resisted through deliberate political action.
Biden is often said to be temperamentally optimistic but ideologically incrementalist. If he really wants to project an FDR-style presidency, which appears sincere, one answer might be to locate the optimistic spirit that resides in ideological boldness.

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— Tim Miller (@Timodc) August 9, 2020

 To be clear: China, according to the administration, prefers Biden (more about that in a moment) but Russia, just as it did in 2016, is working actively to elect Trump. Putting them in the same statement (along with Iran, which is not taking active measures) seemed to be a transparent political effort to even the playing field for Trump. (Transparent but not surprising. Consider the director of national intelligence is a partisan hack and conspiracy monger, John Ratcliffe, who lacked an intelligence background and fiercely defended Trump’s betrayal of national security in the Ukraine scandal.) Only one power is engaged in ongoing actions to influence the election, and that is for the benefit of one candidate, Trump.
Why shouldn’t Moscow go all in for Trump once more? After all, Russian President Vladimir Putin has gotten much of what he wants from Trump: delegitimization of Western democracies, a pass on bounties on U.S. troops, frayed relations within NATO, withdrawal of U.S. troops from Germany, cover for Putin’s interference in our 2016 elections. Putin has no reason to believe he will pay any price for a reprise of his 2016 activities.

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Russia and strongmen around the world have gotten a pass over and over again from Trump on human rights. Russia is still ensconced in Ukraine; China has destroyed Hong Kong’s autonomy. Moreover, a weakened, less respected United States is a plus for illiberal regimes. The last thing they need is a centrist Democratic president with “normal” U.S. foreign policies, good relations with allies, active involvement in international organizations and a consistent defense of human rights.

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“Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” — Abraham Lincoln.

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— Adam Rifkin 🐼 (@ifindkarma) August 5, 2020

— Adam Rifkin 🐼 (@ifindkarma) August 9, 2020

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