America Needs To Move Seniors Out of Poverty and to Stop Choosing Between Food & Medicine

Thom plus logo For decades, progressives have been talking about eliminating the cap on the Social Security tax and raising Social Security benefits enough that retired and disabled people can actually survive. It makes no sense that working class people have to pay Social Security tax on 100% of their income and a billionaire might pay the Social Security tax on less than 1% of his income, At the same time seniors are cutting pills in half and literally eating dog food. Warren wants to use the money from removing the cap to give everybody on Social Security a $200 a month raise, which will lift 5 million seniors out of poverty, cut the senior poverty rate by 68%, and provide a strong stimulus to the economy because virtually every penny of that money will rapidly be spent.

It's time that wealthy people pay their fair share of Social Security taxes, and disabled and retired Americans who are struggling to get by in this Reaganomics economy don't have to make life and death decisions like, "Do I buy food or do I buy my prescription drugs?"

-Thom

Comments

Samthewise's picture
Samthewise 18 weeks 5 days ago
#1

The Guardian, September 12, 2019 Russia asks Interpol for help over alleged CIA mole's whereabouts - By Marc Bennetts in Moscow https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/12/russia-cia-suspected-spy-us-kremlin-cia-interpol

Willie W's picture
Willie W 18 weeks 5 days ago
#2

Eliminating the cap on SS would be such a simple fix. and most people would hardly notice. There's no cap on my school taxes, property taxes, sales tax, income tax, etc.

God forbid we should cripple the well to do with such a burden.

Hephaestus's picture
Hephaestus 18 weeks 4 days ago
#3

Since there is so much money in the economy fixing SS should not be an issue... now come on!

Andy Serrano's picture
Andy Serrano 18 weeks 1 day ago
#4

Andy Serrano

I received the following email:

This message is to remind you that the role, annual subscriber, you acquired by making a purchase at our store will expire at Sep 19 2019 - 10:54am. It will be automatically renewed unless you cancel your subscription at Thom Hartmann. Thanks again, Thom Hartmann News. Opinion. Debate However, when I press the link, there is nothing there indicating how to cancel the subscription. If no one replies, I will have to contact my bank and ask them to stop payment.

webmaster's picture
webmaster 18 weeks 1 day ago
#5

Hi Andy

You have emailed me on this and I have responded. Please let me know if you need anything more by emailing again.

-Nigel-

The Thom Hartmann Program Newsletter Tuesday 21 January 2020

  • Democracy Itself Is On Trial... Alexander Hamilton's Thoughts on Abuse of Power as Cause For Impeachment...
  • Democracy on Trial... Thom's Take & Your Calls Along w/LIVE coverage of the Senate Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump...

Latest Headlines

Who rejected United States-North Korea peace talks?

There were conflicting reports on Sunday regarding a recent proposal for United States-North Korea peace talks which was allegedly made before North Korea"s recent nuclear test

U.K. Pound Falls As Markets Get Brexit Jitters

Bloomberg said on Monday the pound had sustained its biggest fall against the dollar in 11 months

Clinton: I'll defend Israel but push for 'two-state solution

Hillary Clinton believes both Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz "missed the mark" with their approach to the Israel-Palestinian Arab conflict
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Never one to shy away from the truth, Thom Hartmann’s collected works are inspiring, wise, and compelling. His work lights the way to a better America."
Van Jones, cofounder of RebuildTheDream.com and author of The Green Collar Economy
From Screwed:
"The powers that be are running roughshod over the powers that OUGHT to be. Hartmann tells us what went wrong — and what you and I can do to help set American right again."
Jim Hightower, National Radio Commentator, Writer, Public Speaker, and author of the bestselling Thieves in High Places
From Cracking the Code:
"In Cracking the Code, Thom Hartmann, America’s most popular, informed, and articulate progressive talk show host and political analyst, tells us what makes humans vulnerable to unscrupulous propagandists and what we can do about it. It is essential reading for all Americans who are fed up with right-wing extremists manipulating our minds and politics to promote agendas contrary to our core values and interests."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and When Corporations Rule the World and board chair of YES! magazine