GOP Insider Leaks Donald Trump’s Secret Plan To Slash Social Security

Throughout Donald Trump’s campaign for president he has taken numerous positions on fundamental issues that directly contradict his prior statements on the same issues. For example, in years past he has said that he is pro-choice, that he supported a ban on assault weapons, and that he favored universal healthcare. Today he holds the exact opposite positions on each of those issues. It’s impossible to know precisely where Trump stands because either his opinions are so malleable they can shift with a stiff breeze, or he is outright lying to pander to voters.

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On the subject of Social Security Trump has made his opposition to cuts in the program a stock part of his campaign repertoire. He boasts about his support for it despite being at variance with the official stance of the Republican Party. Paul Ryan, the GOP Speaker of the House of Representatives, has been proposing cuts and/or privatization for Social Security and Medicare for years.

Republicans have been taking heat for their eagerness to make seniors pay for the deficit that they ran up with tax cuts for the rich and two wars. Now they are understandably worried about being seen again as the enemies of Social Security, one of the most popular government programs in history.

What Donald Trump Isn’t Telling You

Which begs the question: Is Trump really committed to preserving the benefits of Social Security? He recently met with Ryan in a widely publicized attempt to smooth over their differences as he became the presumptive GOP nominee for president. Neither of them disclosed the details of their discussion or any new areas of agreement. However, news is beginning to leak out from others who were in attendance. A source has told Bloomberg BusinessWeek that Trump’s promise to protect Social Security may not be particularly trustworthy. With regard to cutting benefits in order to reduce the deficit, Trump said…

“From a moral standpoint, I believe in it,” Trump told Ryan. “But you also have to get elected. And there’s no way a Republican is going to beat a Democrat when the Republican is saying, ‘We’re going to cut your Social Security’ and the Democrat is saying, ‘We’re going to keep it and give you more.’ “

Trump’s “moral” belief in cutting Social Security should be of concern to the majority of Americans who would oppose such a move. It is a program that is often labeled an entitlement, although it is actually more of a savings plan that the beneficiaries paid into into during their working years.

But the more troubling part of this disclosure is that Trump is admitting that he is withholding his true position on the matter because of the political backlash that would ensue if voters knew what he really thinks. He’s well aware that you “have to get elected” and that proposing to cut Social Security would be a huge impediment to that. And this isn’t the first time that he has publicly acknowledge the need to keep such an agenda secret for political purposes. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2013 he said:

“As Republicans, if you think you are going to change very substantially for the worse Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in any substantial way, and at the same time you think you are going to win elections, it just really is not going to happen.”

Clearly, for many years, Trump has held the belief that lying about his position on Social Security was a necessary deception to win elections. And he intends to continue the charade throughout his campaign. Even as he states publicly his support for Social Security, he has staffed his team of advisers with long-time opponents of the program. Sam Clovis and John Mashburn are two of Trump’s advisers who have advocated for privatizing Social Security or converting it to a block grant program that would allow states to limit benefits.

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Lying Is Donald Trump’s Campaign Strategy

From the start of his campaign, Donald Trump has demonstrated that he will tell every audience exactly what they want to hear to gain their support. It doesn’t matter that he may have held completely different positions in the past, or currently for that matter. His only motivation is to win without regard for the truth. And this latest revelation is evidence that he is comfortable lying to voters in order to get the victory that he wants.


6 thoughts on “GOP Insider Leaks Donald Trump’s Secret Plan To Slash Social Security

  1. Republicans constantly lie about their positions.
    Its the only way they can win elections.

  2. Gee, I wish I was even a teeny bit surprised. I guess Ryan decided to play along with the charade instead of jumping on the Trump Train right away. The GOP has no clue how Americans live in this nation. They are purposefully ignorant, because if they knew how hard it is to find a decent job and raise a family, they might somewhere in their consciousness feel a need to help. Ha.

  3. I suspect that even his masses of the uneducated he adores–like he now says he adores bikers and vets (if they weren’t POWs?)–appreciate their Social Security benefits. His advisors, as inept as they appear to be, should force him to retract this and contradict himself. Of course, he does that so often, who knows what he stands for. And to my mind, waiting for him to be in the White House to come clean with the American people is dangerous. He isn’t fit to be president of any country.

  4. I’m shocked! Just shocked! Trump lies and Ryan, the libertarian, wants to take away our social security. Who could have ever seen this coming?

  5. I guess old people don’t give enough money to Republicans to have us considered important.

  6. Trump needs to be forced on all issues. And that includes signing a statement not to cut Social Security. Trump and Hillary are one in the same. I don’t like either one of them. And they need to be forced as to where they stand on Veterans Benefits and Social Security. Disabled vets many times are so disabled that they are on Social Security. Those Wall Street punks need to pay their taxes. If Bernie Sanders doesn’t get this nomination I am not going to waste my time to vote. The country is going to hell in a basket.

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