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Tyler Kistner Nowhere to Be Found as Trump Rolls Out Plan to Defund Social Security and Medicare


Washington Post: Executive Order would have “catastrophic fiscal effects on programs including Social Security”

St. Paul, MN – Following President Trump’s announcement of an executive order that would defund Social Security and Medicare, Tyler Kistner has vanished from view, failing to tell the voters of Minnesota’s Second Congressional District whether or not he supports the President’s plan to rip these lifesaving programs away from American seniors in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kistner’s silence makes it clear that he’s more interested in backing the President than standing up for Minnesota’s seniors.

Ken Martin, Chairman of the Minnesota DFL, released the following statement:

“We’re in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The American people deserve a Representative that will stand strong against President Trump’s plan to defund Social Security and Medicare, which would deliver a devastating blow to seniors already reeling from this health and economic crisis. Kistner can’t just sit on the sidelines as the President guts crucial lifelines that millions of Americans rely on while continuing to not prioritize those most hurt by the crisis.”

These attacks on Social Security and Medicare are not new. In 2017, House Republicans passed a plan to cut taxes for the rich while jeopardizing Social Security and Medicare.


Washington Post: Trump promises permanent cut to payroll tax funding Social Security and Medicare if he’s reelected

President Trump pledged on Saturday to pursue a permanent cut to the payroll taxes that fund Social Security and Medicare if he wins reelection in November, a hard-to-accomplish political gambit that some experts see as a major headache for the future of the country’s entitlement programs.

In doing so, though, Trump would be embarking on a fraught process that could have catastrophic fiscal effects on programs including Social Security, which watchdogs recently have warned is in dire financial straights, expected next year to have costs that exceed its total incomes.

Shortly after Trump issued his directive, the AARP raised a series of potential problems created by the president’s order, including for employers who have to track the deferred taxes and new economic anxieties for the nation’s retirees.

“Social Security is more crucial than ever as Americans face the one-two punch of the coronavirus’s health and economic consequences,” Nancy LeMond, the group’s executive vice president, said in a statement. “But, this approach exacerbates people’s already-heightened fears and concerns about their financial and retirement security.”