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Outrage over @POTUS Trump's violation of norms, principles, and laws has tended to mask actions his Administration is taking that hurts a large swath of his base. Let's stop reacting to all @realDonaldTrump's #bull$hit and start tweeting about issues:
#Healthcare: Trump has tried since election to trash #AffordableCareAct (b/c it's called "Obamacare"), joining Republican states in suing to overturn ACA, doing away with protection for #Pre_existingConditions. Trump budget cuts Medicaid and ACA subsidies by a trillion dollars.
Trump also wants to cut #SNAP once again calling for reductions in the number of adults who can qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The 2021 budget proposes cutting SNAP funding by about $15 billion from last year. nytimes.com/2020/02/10/us/…
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Trump’s election year gamble: Slashing the social safety net
marketwatch.com/story/trumps-e…

The *only* Democrat running on not just protecting social safety nets but *expanding* them is #BernieSanders.
Democrats like Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Obama, all have been on board with cuts.
OBAMA WANTED TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY. THEN BERNIE SANDERS HAPPENED.
theintercept.com/2016/06/02/oba…
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Maybe there's a billionaire not running for President who could create some ads showing the devastation Trump is causing. Separate ads could feature:
- A farmer bankrupted by #TrumpTariffs
- A family devastated by #StochasticTerrorism
- A child whose family lost #FoodStamps (1/5)
- A senior whose #SocialSecurity disability benefits have been cut
- A #Kentucky coal miner whose mine shut down
- A parent who lost his job after his company used the #GOPTaxScam to buy back stock
- A #MinimumWage worker falling deeper into debt despite working 2-3 jobs (2/5)
- Residents in one of the communities like Key West, FL being devastated by #ClimateChange
- A family hit with a medical emergency who have to resort to #GoFundMe for to pay bills
- A synagogue targeted by the #AntiSemitism Trump has unleashed (3/5)
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#Thread: After @EliseStefanik’s national meltdown many of you joined #TeamTedra, because you know that her partisan theatrics are bad for the country.

But today I want to tell you about the things Stefanik has done to hurt #NY21 families.
Despite her campaign promises to improve #healthcare for Northern New Yorkers; @EliseStefanik voted to kick 64,000 of us (my family included) off their insurance.

She voted to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

She voted to make RX drugs more expensive.
.@EliseStefanik voted to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and Social Security.

In 2012 she chaired the @GOP platform committee and wrote the plan to privatize #SocialSecurity and turn #Medicare into a voucher program.
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⚠ Thread | Republican Party Platform: Socialism for the wealthy. Biblical capitalism for everyone else.
Nearly 700,000 will lose food stamps with USDA work requirement change

🔗nbcnews.to/2DKfSB0 #ImpeachTrump #Resist #Trump #GOPTaxScam
Welfare for the rich? A $1.9 Trillion tax cut giveaway.

Fun fact: In 2018, 60 Fortune 500 companies paid no taxes on a total of $79 billion of profits.

Welfare for the poor? 2 Thessalonians 3:10

#Evangelicals #Republicans #ImpeachTrump #Trump #Resist #Bible #GOPTaxScam
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Okay you want to talk about a welfare safety net? Let’s talk about a welfare safety net. A thread on welfare, from a kid who grew up on food stamps. /1 #yang #yanggang #yang2020 #andrewyang #HumanityFirst #yangbeatstrump #ubi #DemDebate
There are 83 overlapping federal welfare programs, and all of them together make up the largest budget item in the US. This is all means-tested welfare that excludes Medicaid and Social Security, the total comes out to about 1.03 trillion. /2
For comparison, Social Security cost $725 billion, non-war defense cost $540 billion, and Medicare cost $480 billion. (All of these numbers are from a Senate Budget Committee Report in 2011) /3
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What if I told you we grow the economy by 8 percent by 2050 - increasing the growth rate by a quarter point per year -- while also saving #SocialSecurity ?

My new @ConcordC/@BudgetHawks paper with @MayaMacGuineas and @TheChrisTowner shows how: crfb.org/papers/promoti… THREAD 1/
Let's start with the problem. The United States faces the prospects of rising debt and slowing economic growth.

Both problems have the same cause - the aging of the population. So we need a solution to mitigate the effects of aging... 2/
#SocialSecurity reform can be a powerful tool for economic growth.

It makes sense why - Social Security is the largest government program; and its the largest source of taxation and retirement income for most Americans. It also sends powerful work and savings signals. 3/
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People have asked what I think about #SocialSecurity2100, the most popular bill in Congress to save #SocialSecurity.

Short THREAD 1/

crfb.org/blogs/ways-and…
First, let me STRONGLY commend @RepJohnLarson for putting forward this bill and holding hearings on it. @JohnLarsonCT understands Social Security is only 16 years from insolvency, and he is fight to save it!

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crfb.org/blogs/how-old-…
So what's in the bill? @BudgetHawks has a great summary below. The short version - payroll taxes go up 20 percent (2..4 point) on everyone and 14.8 points on the rich. The $$ is used to restore solvency and to expand benefits for everyone (especially at low incomes) 3/
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Don't get mislead by the negative and false propaganda uttered by politicians and the media around Social Security. The program has a cumulative surplus of $2.9T and is fully funded until 2035 and 93% funded for the next 25 years. Yes, there is a funding issue but a passage of
The Social Security 2100 Act will put Social Security back into balance over the next 75 years. The cost? Raising payroll taxes by one-tenth of 1% per year and adding new payroll taxes to wages over $400K plus. As @peter_arno stated, "Social Security is the most successful
anti-poverty policy in the history of the United States. And this is not true just for seniors, but across the entire life cycle and the entire population. It reduces more poverty for children than any other policy, more poverty for working adults and more poverty for seniors.
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I’ve observed Colorado @SenCoryGardner since his election. What I’ve seen has left me dismayed. Rather than building bipartisan bridges to get things done, Cory became a supine Trump yes-man. There are 1000s reasons he shouldn’t be re-elected. Here are 101: #VoteCoryOut #COsen
#1: Even though he was elected by the narrowest of margins in 2014 in a state that has since voted for Hillary in 2016 & a democratic state govt trifecta in 2018, Cory continues to act as if he has a mandate from the white nationalist alt-right. #VoteCoryOut #cosen
#2: Cory Gardner has consistently voted for the extreme Trump agenda. During the 2019-2020 Congress, he’s voted with Trump over 90% of the time. During Trump’s 1st two years, Cory’s voting record was over 95% in line with Trump. #VoteCoryOut #cosen
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Twitter, I see you're getting to know Chip Roy, the House Republican who just blocked the disaster aid package on the House floor. Here's a little introduction from someone (me) who ran as a Democrat in that seat last year. washingtonpost.com/business/econo… #tx21 1/7
Chip was the ghostwriter for Rick Perry's " Fed Up!" in which they said "Social Security is something we have been forced to accept for more than 70 years now...at the expense of respect for the Constitution" and that "By any measure, Social Security is a failure." #tx21 2/7
Last cycle, when asked at a conservative confab whether veterans benefits qualified as a "core government function," Chip refused to say yes, and instead offered the same anti-government rhethoric that he uses when talking about repealing the ACA. 3/7
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@realDonaldTrump Crazy?
You also say Dems are "for crime," & "high taxes." THAT'S crazy. They're for border security THAT WORKS, & a FAIR taxation system.

Here's an Iowan who thinks you're wrong to say we're 'full.' Across Iowa and rural America, we need immigrants.
usatoday.com/story/opinion/…
@realDonaldTrump Here's what's crazy.

Experts say 1.1 million fewer people in the U.S. have #health coverage due to efforts to undermine the #ACA through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Hopefully voters will see the light before 2020.

usatoday.com/story/news/nat…
@realDonaldTrump Here's what's crazy.
You said you wouldn't touch #SocialSecurity, #Medicaid, or #Medicare, but your 2020 budget proposal cuts all 3.

Your YUGE deficit gives an EXCUSE for what GOP has wanted to do all along - cut what they like to call "entitlements."
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This Republican, who voted for deficits that lined the pockets of the richest people in this country, wants the Senate to VOTE to affirm that restructuring those deficits to serve the broad majority is too dangerous. perdue.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/…
#MMT poses an enormous threat to those who wish to justify cuts to programs like #SocialSecurity or deny resources to a #GreenNewDeal on the basis of a phony debt crisis. They *need* The Deficit Myth. We want a better debate, one centered on our real resource constraints.
Fixed it.
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It’s #SocialSecurity Trustees Report Day!!! 1/ ssa.gov/oact/TR/2019/i…
Before we get started, let’s clear something up: Take today’s headlines with a big old grain of salt, because #SocialSecurity is not “going broke,” “bankrupt,” “running dry,” or otherwise headed for the graveyard. 2/ h/t @WalterJGottlieb: ncpssm.org/entitledtoknow…
The Trustees Report tells us about the current status of #SocialSecurity’s trust funds--i.e., its rainy-day account. Social Security taps into the trust fund reserves to pay benefits when our contributions fall short of the full cost of the program. 3/ cbpp.org/research/socia…
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1.Just back from ESA appeal hearing for victim of horrific acid attack with 50% burns all over her face and body, is in constant pain and 'burning sensation', cannot move, sit or stand for long without pain and of course, there is the trauma. DWP awarded 0 points & fit for work
2. Since the attack, she's had 14 operations which have involved removing skin and bone to reconstruct parts of her face and body. The stress of the operations is significant and leave her bed-bound for weeks. Every operation makes her feel like it is a step back for that period
3. She rarely goes out and when she does it is local. To the GP, local shop or hospital appointment. Despite the compelling evidence, the healthcare professional at the work capability assessment decided that she is fit for work as none of the descriptors apply #socialsecurity
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May I inject a note of hope into Polly Toynbee’s untrammeled gloom? Many people of all political colours are moved into action now by distress of individuals and families who are suffering under the cosh of lawful oppression and unrestrained discrimination theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
Psychologists have written about people being overcome by feelings of humiliation or shame, fear or distrust, insecurity or loneliness, or by a sense of being trapped and powerless under the abuses of power by the state.
George Lakoff, in his book The Political Mind, calls for “empathy, responsibility and courage” in standing up to such abuses. There is plenty of all that in #Tottenham , and I guess in all the UK.
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@realDonaldTrump ⚡️TELL IT LIKE IT IS:
Dems are holding out for an amendment to include a handful of additional provisions, including requiring the Dept of Housing & Urban Development to release block-grant funding & money to help #PuertoRico repair damaged water systems.
thehill.com/homenews/admin…
@realDonaldTrump 🚨Listen up America:

The Dem-led House is passing bills that advance voting rights, protect our #healthcare & defend against #ClimateChange.

McConnell & the GOP are BLOCKING ALL OF THEM in the Senate, so who's obstructing? #FlipTheSenate #ProtectOurCare
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@realDonaldTrump 🚨Listen up America:

❗️Our President has lied to you ABOUT THE AIR WE BREATHE❗️

Yes, the FALSE HEADLINE was ADDED to a real World Health Org map. In this one metric, the USA comes in 7th, not the cleanest.

This is BANANA REPUBLIC-STYLE govt.
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(THREAD) Donald Trump promised he'd put #AmericaFirst. The past 2 years have proven that his agenda is #MeFirst. Rather than #DrainTheSwamp, he filled his cabinet with elitist & grifting billionaires who have capitalized on their office at taxpayer expense. #TrumpCorruption
No one has profited more from the Trump Administration than the Trump Family. In violation of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, Trump retains ownership interests in his family business while he's in office. This is unprecedented. #AmericaFirst
When Jimmy Carter won the Presidency, he sold his family peanut farm in order to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. Every modern President has put their assets in a blind trust - every President except for Trump. #AmericaFirst
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Outtakes from the #DNC Executive Meeting in #PuertoRico (thread)

Chair promises a 2020 process that is fair. Will release a protocol on debates soon; expect debates in summer 2019 . Will decide by March 2019 the Host City for 2020 Convention: Houston, Miami Beach, or Milwaukee.
We have worked hard to rebuild trust on our presidential process. Rules and Bylaws Cttee working with early states on rules. A key rule change ends superdelegates voting 1st round absent consensus candidate BUT elected officials can still be PLEOs & not run against constituents.
The PLEO Party Leader Elected Official designation is for pledged delegates who are Members of Congress Governors etc who want a first round #DNC convention vote but don’t want to run against activist to get there.
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Welcome to our weekly Wednesday party for #PA01 @RepBrianFitz Tonight we're celebrating #FrighteningFitzpatrick
#TrickOrTreat
#HappyHalloween
#PA01 @RepBrianFitz constantly berates candidates to release their Tax Returns yet he voted all these times AGAINST releasing Trump's Tax Returns. Oh and also he hasn't released his own Tax Returns!
#FrighteningFitzpatrick
#Halloween
Frightening Republican @RepBrianFitz #PA01 voted all these times AGAINST addressing the Conflicts of Interest in the Trump Administration - With Trump, his hotels and his children in Trump Administration.
#FrighteningFitzpatrick
#HappyHalloween
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IN 2018, WE MUST VOTE BECAUSE:
✅ American democracy is on the ballot
✅ Basic human decency is on the ballot
✅ The health of our planet is on the ballot
✅ Equality & justice are on the ballot
HERE ARE 10 MORE REASONS TO #VoteBlueToSaveAmerica:
1) Donald Trump thinks there are "very fine people" who march with neo-Nazis and the KKK.
2) Donald Trump & the Republicans instituted a Muslim ban in a country whose founding is defined by freedom of religion. #VoteBlue2018 #NoBanNoWall
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@VickyDurieux @48Gailschwerdt @ASlavitt @timetograbback 1/ Distracted by #Kavanaugh's #RapeTrain? Don't be. They're Going After Your Social Security & More! washingtonsources.org/gop-quietly-se…
Another enema of Sunshine: #AltGovDaily #IndivisibleTimes #WHPDaily #AltGov #Indivisible #SVRAV
@VickyDurieux @48Gailschwerdt @ASlavitt @timetograbback 2/ Another enema of Sunshine: The House just passed a FY2019 Budget bill that Trump has promised to sign, which guts Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid to the tune of 2 Trillion.
@VickyDurieux @48Gailschwerdt @ASlavitt @timetograbback 3/ The Social Security Trust Fund, separate from the debt of the US, is currently funded at 2.5 Trillion. So this budget is effectively a theft of most of the Trust fund.
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