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[–] NeedleStack 3 points -1 points (+2|-3) ago  (edited ago)

What is with his scare tactics? We already have programs for those senior citizens who can't afford prescription drugs (MediCare), food (Food Stamps), and home heating (HEAP). He conveniently left that out.

His solution is to have people who are doing well pay more for social security? Why should we, in effect, punish those who have money? Why doesn't he go for the jugular and berate the government to spend better instead? He says nothing about that in this video at all.

Edit: Hey, how about instead of downvoating me you actually engage in a political discussion? You obviously take issue with my statement. Tell me what Bernie said that was so on target.

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[–] organicgangbang [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You're claiming he is using scare tactics, I don't see that in the video. He's talking about economic realities. The programs you're talking about are severely underfunded and not sufficient to give people a decent standard of living. Telling people the harsh reality of the world is not using scare tactics.

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[–] NeedleStack 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thanks. I'm still having my questions unanswered though. Agreed that all our benefits programs could use more funding. Our most vulnerable citizens should not get screwed.

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[–] toker7 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Did you watch the video? His solution is to lift the cap which would result in everyone paying the same percentage. The cap is responsible for the highest wage earners paying a lower rate for social security than a guy making minimum wage.

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[–] NeedleStack 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Where does he say everyone would pay the same percentage? He said let's lifts the cap on those who make $118,500. OK. And then he says have everyone earning more than $250K pay into social security. So do the people who earn between $118,500 and 250K not have to pay in?

He's not saying we lift the cap to $250K. In the video he's saying only the people who make over $250K should pay in. So that means everyone making less than $250K doesn't have to pay in? Should we then all strive to make up to $249,999 so we don't have to have any of our paycheck deducted?

It would make more sense if he was raising the cap to $250K. But he doesn't say that. Instead he's saying he's getting rid of the cap altogether and having only those who make over $250K pay in. If that's not what he means, he's not saying it well.