Will Peter King Who Supported the 1994 Contract With America Vow not to Cut Social Security and Medicare Today?
Because King’s party has just passed the most regressive tax bill since the poor laws-though it’s more than just a regressive tax bill it’s also Obamacare repeal and will take away the healthcare of 13 million Americans.
Add that to the 9 million American children who stand to lose their healthcare in January as the GOP has failed to renew CHIP.
The GOP’s new budget is also-what else?-extremely regressive. Suffolk’s Duwayne Gregory is very concerned:
“The potential impact of the proposed 2018 federal budget cuts has Suffolk County officials worried. They say it could create a problem for essential programs needed by many in the county.”
“It would have a devastating impact to Long Islanders if this budget goes through,” Suffolk County Presiding Officer Duwayne Gregory said.
“On Monday, County officials announced the findings of a report by the county legislature’s Welfare to Work Commission. The findings disclose the potential impacts the $5.1 trillion in proposed federal budget cuts would have on county residents and essential local human services programs.”
“It would devastate Long Island seniors, working families, the poor, the sick,” Duwayne Gregory said.
“The three areas of concern covered in the report are food and health security, along with affordable housing.”
“Cuts to food stamps and housing would impact my family drastically,” said Laurina Heylinger, a client of Wyandanch Homes and Property Development Corp.
$5.1 trillion dollars in budget cuts.
But, of the course, the GOP is NOT done. The cherry on top is they’re going to use the regressive tax bill as an excuse to cut entitlements. The $1.5 trillion dollar hole the tax bill blows in the deficit is as the engineers say a feature not a bug.
And as we saw yesterday GOPers like Marco Rubio are not shy about claiming Social Security and Medicare need to be cut to bring down public debt-the concern over public debt is itself a phony issue. And when the issue is something they want to do-like $1.5 trillion in corporate tax cuts-they don’t worry about public debt.
So where does Peter King stand in all this? I like to call him-I’m a Democratic candidate challenging his 25 year reign in NY2-Peter King Hamlet as he’s always waffling ‘To be or not to be that is the question…’
It’s never that easy to scope out his real positions. In an old primer from when he represented the 3rd district:
“Congressman King is a strong supporter of preserving Social Security and providing expanded prescription drug coverage for senior citizens. Pete also supports legislation to make elder abuse a federal crime so that we can protect the hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans who are exploited, abused or neglected each year. Pete would also require background checks for health care workers and setting up data bases for elder abuse, similar to the registries we now have for child abuse.”
That sounds ok right? But on the other hand he received a 0% from ARA which indicated an ‘anti senior voting record.’
“Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record.”
“King scores 0% by the ARA on senior issues”
“The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security. The Alliance believes that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights and that retirement provides them with opportunities to pursue new and expanded activities with their unions, civic organizations and their communities.”
King also signed Newt Gingrich’s 1994 Contract With about as regressive a policy manifesto as we’ve ever seen since the New Deal.
So where does King stand on the latest GOP plans to cut SS and Medicare?
He should be called on to answer this. But at the end of the day, let’s face it. After that awful tax reform scam his party’s time is up.
King tries to act like he’s independent. But his voting record says otherwise. He’s in Donald Trump’s back pocket and Paul Ryan’s front pocket.
The truth is in 2017 America your party is a much better gauge as how you will vote then any personal idiosyncrasies of specific candidates.
All of this should drive home one central point: we need a restraining order from the Republican party. Our healthcare system does. Our state governments do. The nonrich certainly do. And our national security and the integrity of our election system itself clearly does-with the GOP obstructing the Russia investigation.
Then there is his role in the current GOP House Intelligence parallel investigation into the FBI to subvert the Mueller probe.
Peter King needs to go because he’s been there 25 years and now even he seems not to want the job anymore.
And his party needs to go. The only way to avoid such awful legislation in the future is for GOPers across this country to walk the plank.
P.S. I’m Mike Sax, I’m running for Congress in the NY 2nd District and I’m a Hillary Clinton Democrat.
Meeting her recently was one of the biggest honors in my life to stand next to such a fine public servant and trailblazer. She seemed to like our Impeachment Train campaign t shirts too!
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