Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Pete DeFazio both warned about it the cynical power play. In Barack Obama’s tax deal with Republicans is a one year reduction in the taxes paid into Social Security. Harkin and Defazio warned that the Republicans would use this reduction in the money going into Social Security as a pretext to attack the long-term integrity of Social Security.
Now it’s happening. This week, U.S. Representative Jeff Flake declared that, because of the Obama deal’s temporary reduction in payments into Social Security, there ought to be permanent cuts in the Social Security payments that Americans receive.
Congressman Flake expressed outrage that there are not yet any cuts to Social Security. “Where are the cuts? Take, for example, the 2 percent payroll tax deduction. If it is a good idea to reduce the payroll tax, it is imperative that we couple it with a reduction in benefits on the other side.”
The real outrage ought to be that, in the wake of huge tax cuts given to billionaires, Republicans like Jeff Flake are now trying to take away Social Security benefits from Americans who have already paid for them.