Trump avoided that trap.
In remarks to AARP and also the Kiplinger Letter, Trump has made it clear that he has no plans to touch the third rail of American politics. Karl Rove had Republicans touch it in 2005. Democrats took over Congress the next year.
Kiplinger asked Trump what he will do to keep the program solvent past 2033. He replied:
“I will do everything within my power not to touch Social Security, to leave it the way it is; to make this country rich again; to bring back our jobs; to get rid of deficits; to get rid of waste, fraud and abuse, which is rampant in this country, rampant, totally rampant. And it’s my absolute intention to leave Social Security the way it is.”Well played. No need to reduce benefits or increase taxes if the economy grows. Thus he sells his economic plan as helping make Social Security solvent again. When was the last time a presidential candidate actually said a strong economy will bring solvency?
Hillary wants to turn it into a welfare program:
“Rather than expand benefits for everyone, I do want to take care of low-income seniors who worked at low-wage jobs. I want to take care of women. [...] I want to start by helping those people who are most at risk.”Help women, not men. How sexist.
And how pedestrian. Every Democratic presidential candidate since Franklin Roosevelt has promised this.
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