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Don’t Believe Misleading Coverage of Social Security Trustees’ Report

Don’t Believe Misleading Coverage of Social Security Trustees’ Report

Max Richtman

The media’s reporting on the Social Security Trustees’ annual reports has fallen into an unfortunate pattern: No matter what the Trustees actually report, journalists tend to describe Social Security and Medicare’s future in the gravest terms possible – topped by alarmist headlines. The coverage of Monday’s 2019 report was no different.

“Social Security won't be able to pay full benefits by 2035” - CNN

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““Social Security and Medicare Funds Face Insolvency” – New York Times”

Shockingly ignorant, and manipulative framing. There are real resource constraints, there are productive constraints. So, there is no guarantee that real things will be produced or available to buy in the future. But, not funding Social Security is simply a choice, and the government doesn’t need to tax or borrow to spend into any public program. Period. I will say again, the government doesn’t even need to tax or to borrow in order to spend. Cutting Social Security is similar to doing nothing regarding the environmental crisis. Those in power will let it happen because they are horrific human beings.

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Richtman sez:
“… the mainstream media seem to have adopted the right’s framing on this issue.”

… and every other issue. Are “mainstream (sic) media” outlets not owned by corporations that both fund and are served by “the right”?

“Social Security won’t be able to pay full benefits by 2035” - CNN
“Medicare, Social Security Face Shaky Fiscal Futures” – Associated Press
“Social Security and Medicare Funds Face Insolvency” – New York Times
“Social Security is headed for insolvency by 2035” – CNBC
“Social Security, Medicare — uh oh!” – Federal News Network

These are the Wall Street propaganda outlets. They will never tell the truth about something that involves the potential for this much money to get filtered by their puppet masters.
Wall Street want’s to get the slimy hand on all that money so they can skim.
THink the Dem corporate neoliberal leadership will intercede on our behalf, or just provide lip service?

They are just making these claims to boost support for their privatization efforts. It really is as simple as that.