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Trump Wants To Cut Social Security? How Dumb Can You Get?



              Want to know why Trump does nothing in his public speeches except shout insults and profanity at Joe and anyone else who doesn’t buy into the MAGA line? Because the moment he says anything about any political issue, he steps into deep shit.

              Trump took his latest shit-bath this past Monday, when he said something which no sane politician would ever say, namely, that he would cut social security payments as soon as he got the chance.

              Want to deport all those so-called illegal? Fine – go right ahead. Want to pull the U.S. out of NATO? Fine – nobody thinks about NATO anymore. Want to cut Social Security payments? Fine – commit political suicide, okay?

              And here’s the actual comment from Trump: “There is a lot you can do in terms of entitlements in terms of cutting and in terms of also the theft and the bad management of entitlements, tremendous bad management of entitlements. There's tremendous amounts of things and numbers of things you can do.”

              The Trump campaign sent out a statement later in the day which stated that Trump was only talking about cutting waste and fraud, and maybe he was just muddling through another so-called interview and fucked things up. Maybe, maybe, and maybe.

              But the very first thing you learn in Public Speaking 101 is to never (read: never) say the word ‘cut’ in any statement which also contains the words ‘social security.’

              But in Trump’s case, the comment he made was even worse than just creating the idea that he wanted to reduce or make any changes in America’s most sacred cow. Because here’s a guy who had been convicted of lying about his financial situation for the last I-don’t-know-how --many years, and he’s got the balls to stand up and talk about someone else’s fraud?

              I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but if Trump comes out with a few more dizzies like this one or maybe mispronounces a few more names like the way he called his good Russian buddy ‘Poten’ in last week’s Georgia speech, we may wind up with a 2024 campaign that will begin to resemble what happened in 1964, when Barry Goldwater accepted the GOP Presidential nomination by saying that ‘extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,’ and the contest against LBJ ended right then and there.

              Want another one? When George Allen ran for re-election to the Senate from Virginia in 2006, he got caught on tape referring to a kid wearing a Muslim costume as ‘macaca,’ an insulting term which means monkey. And Allen liked his little joke so much that he repeated it into the media cameras several times.

              So ended what had been a strong and winning political career of a guy who not only won a Senate seat in 2000 but had also been Governor of the state and had been mentioned frequently as someone who could wind up running for President under the GOP flag.

              That was then, this is now. And I can’t think of anything that Trump could say that would damage him or damage his campaign because he’s already said just about every nasty, racist and insulting thing that anyone could say.

              But the comment about social security may prove me wrong. I’m thinking, for example, of what happened when then-President George Bush stated his intention to partially privatize social security in his State of the Union speech delivered in 2005. He then hit the road to make a series of public appearances touting his plan, and within a couple of months, support for the idea nosedived and was then declared to be dead.

              Now you would think that GOP voters would be especially supportive of getting the government out of old-age payments if only because a: everything the government does is bad, and b: when it comes to managing money, we should always prefer to use the private market for anything having to do with how we invest or spend.

              Guess what? For all the talk about how Trump is a champion of free enterprise and will dismantle the Deep State, when it comes to those payments from the United States Treasury which show up once a month without fail, if our boy Donald tries in any way to fuck with that system, he’s deader than a dead duck.

              In the interests of full disclosure as they like to say, I have been receiving what the blacks call my government ‘charity’ payment every month since I received my first check in November 2011. Which means I have deposited and spent nearly $110,000 over the past 12 years.

              Yea, yea, I know it’s my money, so to speak, but that’s not the point. The point is that I spend all of it every month because why am I saving it? To give to my facockta kids who all live in houses where the annual real estate taxes alone are more than I ever earned? Or better yet, do I need to put some of this money aside (I love that word ‘aside’ when we’re talking about money) to pay for some bed in an ‘alternative living arrangement’ (we used to call these places nursing homes) when my Medicaid account will cover the whole, goddamned thing?

              Oh yes, let’s not forget that if I really want to live out my final years in luxury, I’ll need to move into some fancy joint which isn’t interested in whether I have Medicaid or not. So, let me tell you something about those places which charge you as much for a bed as you would pay for a private stateroom on a Carnival cruise line.

              I have a friend who got a job as the head chef in one of these high-end senior hotels where he doubled the salary he was being paid as the chef at a local hospital here in town. The day he started his new gig, the manager of the whole place told him that he only needed to cook decent food on the weekends, because that’s when the families of the living-in population tended to show up.

              The rest of the week my friend was told he could serve some jell-o and apple sauce for all three meals. As his boss said to him, “They don’t know what they’re eating anyhow.”

              Somewhere around 75 million Americans get ‘charity’ payments from one program or another administered by the Social Security Administration. That’s almost one out of every four Americans alive today.

              And Trump wants to ‘cut’ entitlements? Maybe Trump really wants Joe to win the election because he’s worried about whether his own asocial security payment will arrive on time.

               

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