Joe Biden has slowly started trying to re-write the history of his true record on Social Security and is trying to present himself as a champion of the program instead of allowing voters to see his truthful record of being a Senator who often voted to cut the program down.
Biden has been re-writing his history in order to be seen as a big champion of Social Security (SS). For instance, in a recent ad attacking Bernie Sanders, Biden said, “I’ve been fighting to protect — and expand — Social Security for my whole career. Any suggestion otherwise is just flat-out wrong.”
In another case, Biden appeared at the Iowa “Black and Brown Forum” last week and blurted out, “I didn’t propose a freeze” of SS.
These are outright lies.
He has not always been someone who fought to protect and expand SS. Indeed, as a senator from Delaware, Biden voted time and again to freeze SS, and even cut benefits as a cost-saving measure for the federal budget.
As the Intercept recently noted, even one of Biden’s big hires for his campaign, Bruce Reed, shows Biden is working with a man who has a long history of proposing cuts to SS.
Reed, a longtime Biden aide, played a central role in advocating cuts to the New Deal-era program as a co-founder of the Democratic Leadership Council, as the top staffer for a controversial commission dedicated to slashing the deficit, and then as Biden’s chief of staff during the Obama administration. In Washington, D.C., he would be the last high-level staffer a campaign would bring aboard if it was genuinely intent on expanding, not cutting, Social Security.
Reed was also a key member of Biden’s vice presidential staff and he was brought on specifically to try and reach a deal with Congress to cut back SS benefits. Intercept added:
Reed was brought on as Vice President Biden’s chief of staff, to continue to work on a grand bargain. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a Washington group dedicated to cutting Social Security and other entitlement programs, celebrated the appointment. We can’t think of a better person for the job,” CRFP said in a statement. “We hope Bruce will be able to leverage his expertise in this new position, and that his appointment portends positive steps from policymakers in the Administration in tackling our rising deficits and debt.”
At the time, the Fiscal Times wrote, “The recent appointment of Bruce Reed, the Executive Director of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, as Vice President Biden’s Chief of Staff is the latest signal that the administration plans to endorse many of the Commission’s recommendations. Since one target for deficit reduction appears to be Social Security and social insurance programs more generally, it’s essential to understand the important role that social insurance plays in the economy.”
An important part of that “grand bargain” in cost-cutting measures were cuts to SS.
Even as VP, Biden was working to put the brakes on SS.
But he also did the same thing as a senator for years and years.
The Intercept also reported that at least four times, Biden specifically advocated for cuts to SS in votes going back at least as far as 1984.
So, Biden has been working specifically to cut Social Security for 40 years. anything he says today about being a big SS supporter is simply a lie.
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