“Will seniors be pushed off the fiscal cliff? Social Security did not cause the deficit, but the White House’s plan to lower Social Security cost-of-living benefits could eventually reduce Seniors’ annual benefits by hundreds of dollars. The gimmick is called the ‘Chained Consumer Price Index. The Chained CPI works this way: As the cost-of-living goes up, seniors inevitably turn to cheaper alternatives,” the Ohio Democrat explained. “For example, if seniors usually eat steak but then can’t afford its higher price, they can switch to something cheaper, like cat food — and the cost-of-living calculation would be ‘chained’ to the cheaper item — cat food.
The ‘Chained CPI’ benefit cut will chain aging seniors to a poverty of choices, a lower standard of living, with cheaper products. There is no justification to cut Social Security benefits, No to throwing seniors off the fiscal cliff. No to a Cat Food Christmas.”
“[W]hile the president is moving in this that all of us agree is politically wise but is also something he has a core belief in and has always talked about, congressional Republicans are pounding the President’s immigration, uh, bi-, decision and they’re coming with legislation. For example, yesterday they pushed two bills, one that had 11 co-sponsors and it would require the Department of Homeland Security ‘make sure illegal immigrants don’t receive Medicare, Social Security or food stamps.’
So, not only do you have the President making an affirmative step, you have Republicans in the Congress that are continuing to go after a very, very regressive kind of policy on human levels. We talking about Social Security, Medicare, food stamps. We talking about people that need help here.”
“We are all socialists in this country who support public education, state funded universities, government-run hospitals, Medicare, Social Security, classic socialistic programs that have sensibly found their way into the American economy.”