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Calling Out the Democrats’ Reaction to Trump Payroll Tax Deferral

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2020
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trumpPresident Trump recently announced, via Presidential Memorandum, a temporary suspension of the payroll tax for those making $104,000 or less to compensate for the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The caterwauling from Democrats was right on cue. Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi called the action “unworkable, weak and narrow.” Ignoring the fact that the payroll tax deferral would apply only to Social Security and not Medicare, the narrative, clearly designed to scare older Americans who are already jittery as a result of the frenzied media coverage of the pandemic, began almost instantly after the President’s announcement.

Democrat National Committee Chairman Tom Perez referred to the President as a liar who broke his promise to defend both programs.  Pelosi further stated, “what he’s (Trump) doing is undermining Social Security and Medicare.” Presidential candidate Joe Biden issued a statement calling President Trump’s leadership into question – “This is no art of the deal. This is not presidential leadership. These orders are not real solutions. They are just another cynical ploy designed to deflect responsibility. Some measures do far more harm than good.” He also added that the payroll tax suspension was a “war on Social Security.”

Really, Joe? Doesn’t he and the Democrats know that the internet is forever, and it really wasn’t that long ago when former President Obama cut payroll taxes in 2011 and 2012? However, at that time, the narrative from Democrats was much different with then-Vice President Joe Biden penning an op-ed in USA Today extolling the virtues of the tax cut. Worried about the tax cut’s effect on the deficit? Don’t be, because Vice President Biden wrote “the cuts will grow our economy now without adding to our deficit in the future.”

What about the war on Social Security, Joe? Nonsense! As Joe further opined, “Critics have been spreading misinformation that the payroll tax cut will threaten the solvency of Social Security. That’s just plain wrong. The legislation creating the tax cut requires that any money the payroll tax would have provided to Social Security be replaced by other U.S. general revenue funds, protecting Social Security without an additional burden on taxpayers.”

Sound familiar? President Trump’s Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, confirmed that while the payroll tax is deferred, payment for Social Security would come out of the general fund.

When Obama cut the payroll tax, it was heralded as a job-creating mechanism. Nancy Pelosi issued a statement from the Speaker’s office in December 2011 calling it a “victory for all Americans – for the security of our middle class, for the health of our seniors, and for economic growth and job creation.”

So, it’s simple for Democrats, a payroll tax cut under Obama = good! A payroll tax cut under Trump = bad! To borrow a line from one of my favorite movies, Tombstone, the Democrats’ “hypocrisy knows no bounds.” Fortunately, AMAC members and the American electorate know better and realize when they’re being played. The calendar is quickly turning to September, then Election Day, and all of its retributive qualities, will soon follow.

Andrew Mangione is Senior Vice President for AMAC’s advocacy affiliate, AMAC Action. He leads AMAC’s grassroots efforts, represents AMAC’s membership in Washington, D.C., and helps chart the association’s policy course. He also serves as a national spokesperson.

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Rik
Rik
3 years ago

It’s the old: “Do what I say today that matters, not what I said before!” mantra from the goofy, lying Far Left Liberals! This just gets so old listening to these Progressively Communist Democrats. Makes you wonder if they even know how to tell the truth! President Trump should just play their old comments and let them roast in them. That’s what I would do!

Hal Lemoyne
Hal Lemoyne
3 years ago

❤??CHRISTrumPence and all their US TRUMPlican Lawmakers US2020Reelected Landslide
Amen & Amen??❤

Myrna
Myrna
3 years ago

This article is not just opinion. It serves readers by searching for history and reprinting it to provide comparison. Well done…again.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 years ago

Dems want Depression 2 & Power only
Rerun FDR ( minus WW2 buildup effort then)

GKP
GKP
3 years ago

President Trump is Trying to save every american taxpayer as much as possible and doing a great job//The liberal democrat looters want to tax you more money and loot your bank accounts to pay for scum bags like Biden/Pelosi/Schumer to name a few//

Ernest Cooper
Ernest Cooper
3 years ago

Article was good, thanks!

Dee
Dee
3 years ago

The FICA tax funds totally the Social Security fund. he and the rest of them want to do away with SS as he directly said on TV.
There are rules we foolow to obtain it and that will go too. then it will up to congress who already believes it is Welfar. Bull
It is 100$ our Money. We paid in good faith as insurance for our rtetirment. There is a load of $$ in Bonds they don’t want to cash.
Congress has been dipping into OUR $$ since 1965. in 2016 Lance got a bipartisan group together and stopped them from taking it in 2016.
YES folks your future SS has been used for the Peace Corp., roads, farms, FEMA, anything Congress wanted. That is not the purpose of SS fund. But they say who cares. what they don’t know, oh well. But it was, is, will be, OUR MONEY to retire with. And then another Congressnab decided that AFter being taxed for it, once you receive it, they tax it again. double taxation w/o representation.

Enuf Said
Enuf Said
3 years ago

Perez doesn’t have ANY idea what a LIAR is- If he DID he would NOT be part of the Democrap party or have ANYTHING to do with Per-Loose-E or Chick Shoe-Mer.

Chuck
Chuck
3 years ago

Same old. Same old. Whip up fear and frenzy to garner votes.

Dennis
Dennis
3 years ago

My problem is how is this going to affect S.S.

Gordon
Gordon
3 years ago

You know what the worst thing in life is? To be a liar with a short memory just as the Democratic Party is.
Ps. This includes the main stream media, the Hollywood elites and the over paid sports athletes.

R.J. from Arizona
R.J. from Arizona
3 years ago

How can democrats look at themselves in a mirror and not be ashamed of what they see.

Josephine pooley
Josephine pooley
3 years ago

Keep uncovering the Democrats lies! I wish all Americans could read this!

Art A
Art A
3 years ago

This is all pure rhetoric from the usual gas bags in the Democrat Socialist Communist new crew. They are similar to your neighbors little rag mop dog that waits in hiding and then attacks barking loudly and trying to nip you leg. They have to criticize anything and everything AND NEVER OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE IDEA. Trump would get pummeled for putting forth the idea that oxygen is good for you. Let us silence the barking dogs. KAG 2020.

Ed J
Ed J
3 years ago

As President Reagan used to say, ”Well, there they go again!” Almost like an uncontrollable Pavlovian response, the Demsheviks respond to ANYTHING President Trump says or does by proclaiming “The sky is falling!” Yes folks, the Demsheviks are truly the Founders and Charter Members of the 180º Club (i.e., whatever position they espouse or embrace, the exact opposite is usually true). Their mindset is pure idiocy and irrational, devoid of facts or critical thinking. We all know the Demsheviks are an existential threat to our nation. I just wonder how we got this far so quickly.

Ed J
Ed J
3 years ago

In almost every instance, we can generally equate all the Demsheviks’ pratings to Oral Flatulence (no disrespect meant to flatulence). Kinda goes hand-in-hand with their Brain Farts.

Jim
Jim
3 years ago

At least the President is looking out for the American People unlike pelosi whose only concern is how much ice cream is the 25000 dollar freezer at home the crypt keeper and her boot licking lackey schumer need to shut up and get to work doing their jobs instead of making fools of themselves which of course they are!

John A. Fallon
John A. Fallon
3 years ago

I grew up in the real dem party of JFK, WHEN I came home from VIETNAM that party no longer existed, it was taken over by anti-military, anti AMERICA TRAITORS AND COWARDS that only care about themselves, and siding with our enemies, I went thru HELL AFTER I came home because of the socialist/dems, it’s starting to look like payback time. RED, MAGA, MAHA!!! VOTE FOR FREEDOM!!!!!!

JohnH
JohnH
3 years ago

I see two problems with this 1) Trump deferral for these earners until end of year: is that they will spend this during year & will have to scrape up money to pay back 2) Trump says if reelected will forgive the deferred taxes & will have general fund pay SS benefits: AND problem is that the US general fund is +$25 Trillion in debt & therefore has no money either. Also, what happens to the half employers pay???

Press ONE for English
Press ONE for English
3 years ago

Socialist Security was never intended to be a fully funded retirement for anyone. It was rather intended as a booster and to help people through temporary crises. And yet here we are. If you went through your working life believing that you would fund your retirement with a SS check, more fool you. The signs were there for all to see, all along. Myself, I told my co workers that I considered the SS (and Medicare) deductions simply one more tax that would never be refunded to me in whole. Look at government and the specimens attracted to it. How could any reasonable person believe that those sleazy characters would not somehow steal our funds and use them for their own benefit or pet projects?

It is past time we as a nation start a discussion to figure out how to get rid of SS and Medicare, and replace them with something durable, or else (preferably) phase both out gradually, giving today’s workers time to put money aside for their own retirement and health care.

In my case, much of my SS check goes for taxes. Medicare for me has been a money pit, despite my choosing the lowest priced options and plans. I never get back what I pay in premiums. I would gladly sign off Medicare forever (as I did with prescription drug coverage) but the entire medical charge and payment system has been so badly distorted by government and insurance companies that private pay customers pay for services several times the price that insurers pay for the same service.

None of this is by accident or happenstance. Progressives have for decades been trying to bring the populace under control in all ways and dependent on government for all things. Every year they chip away a little more of our independence and freedom. Now we find ourselves at the point that their plan is almost complete, and probably half of the populace either does not know, does not care, or is actively cheering them on. But what would you expect from anyone stupid enough to vote for obama, Hillary or Crazy Joe?

Wake up, people. The fat lady’s warmin’ up.

carol
carol
3 years ago

I love the optimism of these articles! I’ve seen so many videos of folks walking away from the Democrats feeling alienated by the constant condescension, patronizing and insulting rhetoric. However, there are still too many that believe everything these liars have to sell! I pray for our country and pray that come November, the intelligent Americans will outvote the uninformed that lap every lie of the left!

aluminum head
aluminum head
3 years ago

Avoid the distractions and connect the dots: When Trump is re-elected, Obama will be deposed, Comey, McCabe, Sturzok,Brennan, Clapper, Clinton, and more will face jail. Pres. Trump hates obama and justifiably so. So, all those ilk are looking into a justice dept. gun barrel. They are running scared like the rats they are. Connect the dots, folks.

Garye
Garye
3 years ago

Pelosi,Schumer, ALL the useless elite establishment only find fault,lie and do absolutely NOTHING to lookout for American Citizens.
These epic, multi-decade failures must ALL go!
They say and do zero for this Great Country!
Shameful embarrassing individuals.

June L
June L
3 years ago

My response was to send this to Pelosi:

“You speak out of both sides of your mouth and your rear. When Obama cut the payroll tax you said it was a, “victory for all Americans – for the security of our middle class, for the health of our seniors, and for economic growth and job creation.”
When our current President of this great nation did the same you called the action “unworkable, weak and narrow.”  You stated, “What he’s (Trump) doing is undermining Social Security and Medicare.”
In my opinion, you and Biden are old, demented, sick Communists, who can’t remember what you said and/or flip flop around like dying fish out of water.
WE THE PEOPLE who LOVE this great country are not stupid. We can see who and what you are and where you are trying to lead the nation. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!!”  
AND TO Biden:
“You speak out of both sides of your mouth and your rear. When Obama cut the payroll tax you said it, “will grow our economy now without adding to our deficit in the future.”
When our current President of this great nation did the same you stated, “This is no art of the deal. This is not presidential leadership. These orders are not real solutions. They are just another cynical ploy designed to deflect responsibility. Some measures do far more harm than good.” and a ““war on Social Security.”
In my opinion, you and Pelosi are old, demented, sick Communists, who can’t remember what you said and/or flip flop around like dying fish out of water.
WE THE PEOPLE who LOVE this great country are not stupid. We can see who and what you are and where you are trying to lead the nation. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!!” 

M. Beaumont
M. Beaumont
3 years ago

By their actions, the Socialist Democrats have proven that they could care less about the average American taxpayer. Their 2020 platform is to spend taxpayer dollars faster than they’ll collect them. I hope and pray that those who usually vote Democrat will wake up and see the truth and vote for Trump 2020.

Dino Deplorable
Dino Deplorable
3 years ago

Leftists are anti AMERICA,dense oc RATS are leftists.The dense oc RATS think that the criminal rioters are hurting President Trump,but believe me its the other way around.

Dita Couch
Dita Couch
3 years ago

Okay people, I need an answer here. Stephen Goss, Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration has written a letter confirming the fact that, ” If this hypothetical legislation were enacted, with no alternative source of revenue to replace the elimination of payroll taxes on earned income paid on January 1, 2021 and thereafter, we estimate that DI Trust Fund asset reserves would become permanently depleted in about the middle of calendar year 2021, with no ability to pay DI benefits thereafter. We estimate that OASI Trust Fund reserves would become permanently depleted by the middle of calendar year 2023, with no ability to pay OASI benefits thereafter.”
This is ALARMING! I am a home health care giver, and my 2 clients are quadriplegic from tragic circumstances, I assure you. This proposed legislation to “permanently terminate” the payroll tax, as Trump has said, is pulling the plug on on disabled Americans who can’t live without their disability checks! I voted for Trump in 2016, but if he is doesn’t have an alternative source of revenue to replace the elimination of payroll taxes, I’m un-Trumping. Thanks!

David Van Ahn
David Van Ahn
3 years ago

The Democrats forget how many times during the Obama years they raised social security.

Joanned
Joanned
3 years ago

Let’s face it, folks The Dumbocrats are idiots, and are comparable to Oppositional Defiant 8 year old Children?

Harold
Harold
3 years ago

It is sad to say but. the democrats have become a party of turncoats…everything that makes America GREAT the democrats are against! We MUST reelect Donald Trump for a second term. God bless America!!!

Larry W
Larry W
3 years ago

Biden and the demolish-crats will have nothing to do with helping the middle class unless they get something out of it for themselves !

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

By the Marx/Engels Playbook, the United States is in the middle of a Communist Revolution lead by the Democrats!!  WAKE-UP!!  Stand-up for America!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

Become a Counter-Revolutionary!  Demand Authority ENFORCE OUR LAWS!!  Stand-up for America!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

JohnH
JohnH
3 years ago

President Trump set good example for America last night at WH, had about 1500 people in attendance with a lot of chairs close together & not too many wearing masks. I thought masks were WH recommendation at one time??

Steve
Steve
3 years ago

The RNC show last night was fabulous. Ivanka and the president gave terrific speaches. The fireworks were superb and I was
so happy to approx. 2000 contributors on site. The dems convention was boring because it was totally ” virtual”. “Virtual” is
lackluster.

Fixer
Fixer
3 years ago

The Trump campaign needs to play those quotes as if they were being said today to show how much the DEMS support what he is doing.

Pat R
Pat R
3 years ago

The Democrats’ projection, two-faced behavior has reached the top in 2020. They have no shame. And if the Democrat-run cities and states where riots, killings and destruction are running amuck with little to no action on the leaders’ parts to take control is any indication, they really don’t know how to control with decisions For The People. The truth is solely in their attempts to control a narrative (words), not actions (decisions/behavior), and only for the benefit of themselves, not the people.

Steve
Steve
3 years ago

prediction: popular vote: 75 million-Trump 55 million ( max) – Biden
electorial votes: Trump – 375 Biden- 165

A landslide

Steve
Steve
3 years ago

This repub party is the most diverse in the history of politics. All tents are covered.
The dems have lost all votes except BLM ( 5 million), illegals ( 20 million), communists ( 2 million)
green fanatics ( 1 million) and 2/3s of black voters remaining ( 20 million). the moderates and 1/3 rd, yes 1/3rd
of blacks will vote for Trump. Thus the dems will get as little as 48 million votes.

JohnH
JohnH
3 years ago

Question: Did EXec Order on FICA go into effect yet? This was not in stimulus bill, but that bill passed house but has it been voted on by Senate ?? Last I heard, Trump said the would veto if passed by Senate. Both parties need to start working together for America.

Phyllis Poole
Phyllis Poole
3 years ago

Why don’t they go to Russia -China or some other communist country and leave us alone. !!!i have a feeling “the devil made them do it”!!

JohnH
JohnH
3 years ago

The problem with Trump proposal is that it is deferred tax that will is to be paid back next year (unless he is reelected then he will forgive ??) and Obama was actual wage cut. Why fool with FICA at all right now??

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