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Obama's War on Social America

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Obama's War on Social America

by Stephen Lendman

Obama is a right wing extremist. He wants America's social safety net destroyed incrementally over time.

Obama, Republicans and most democrats are in lockstep. They claim Medicare and Social Security are going broke. They lie saying so. When properly administered, both programs are sound. Modest adjustments only are needed to assure it.

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They're federally mandated. They're not entitlements. They're contractual obligations. They're for eligible recipients who qualify. Payroll taxes fund them. 

Social Security provides retirement, disability, survivorship, and death benefits. It's America's most effective poverty reduction program. It's worked remarkably well since inception. 

It provides secure inflation-adjusted retirement or disability income. Personal savings aren't risked. It's not going bankrupt.

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The same holds for Medicare.

It's America's largest health insurance program. Payroll deductions defray costs. Tens of millions rely on it. It covers eligible recipients aged 65 or older, some disabled ones under age 65, and people of all ages with end-stage renal disease.

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