Deficits seem to only matter when cutting Social Security and Medicare
Tennessee (December 4, 2017) – For 8 years under President Obama, the Republican party clamored about the devastating impact of deficits and debt. Rep. Diane Black’s budget made cuts to Social Security and Medicare, which she calls the largest drivers of our debt. Yet when Black wrote an Op-Ed in favor of the GOP tax reform bill that adds $1.5 trillion to the debt, she never once mentioned deficits nor debt.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn has consistently voted to put seniors at risk by cutting or dismantling Medicare. In supporting the 2011 “Ryan Budget,” Blackburn said it would “pay down the federal debt” by “reforming Medicare.” That plan ended Medicare as we know it by turning senior back over to private insurance with vouchers. Despite issuing a strong statement about the national debt passing $20 trillion this year, Blackburn voted along with every TN Republican in the US House of Representatives for the tax bill that grows the debt by $1.5 trillion.
“It is clear that Marsha Blackburn, Diane Black and the rest of the TN Republicans in the House only care about an increase to the deficit when they argue for cuts to Social Security and Medicare,” Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party said. “Parents and grandparents in Tennessee are struggling to pay for prescription drugs and are worried about how they are going to retire with dignity and security. Our leaders should be focused on solutions that help families deal with these challenges instead of actively making the problems worse. While we differ with Senator Corker in how to solve the nation’s fiscal challenges, he seems genuine in his concerns. The rest of the Tennessee delegation should join him and oppose this terrible tax scam.”
Senator Bob Corker opposed the tax bill in the senate because of his concerns for the rising debt and deficit.