The mind of the Hillary supporter (Part 3)

Hillary supporters say that Trump is a racist and a bigot because Trump says racist and bigoted things.

Therefore, what a person says is crucial.

Okay, if that is true, then let me quote verbatim what the various Republican candidates actually said during the Florida debate on 10 March 2016.

I shall copy and paste from a transcript.

The words in blue are my comments.

CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash: Senator Rubio, you say we must have an honest conversation about making Social Security sustainable. For people under 55, you want to raise the retirement age, and also reduce benefits for wealthier Americans.

MARCO RUBIO: Anyone who tells you that Social Security can stay the way it is, is lying. Any politician that goes around saying, “We don’t have to anything; all we have to do is raise a few taxes or just leave it the way it is,” they’re not being honest with you. Social Security will go bankrupt and it will bankrupt the country with it.

Rubio dances around a lot, but essentially he wants to cut Social Security benefits, and raise the retirement age to 70.

Meanwhile Ted Cruz favors privatization…

CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash: Senator Cruz, you advocate allowing younger workers to put some of their Social Security taxes into personal accounts. What do you say to critics who say that market volatility means that this is a disastrous proposal?

Note that Cruz avoids answering the question…

TED CRUZ: We need to see responsibility. Social Security right now is careening towards insolvency, and it’s irresponsible. And any politician that doesn’t step forward and address it is not being a real leader. We need to see political courage to take this on and save and strengthen Social Security. For younger workers, we need to cut benefits so it matches inflation instead of exceeding inflation. We need to have for younger workers, that a portion of your tax payments are in personal accounts, like the 401(k), that you own, that you control, that you can pass on to your kids and grandkids.

And what happens when the Wall Street thieves intentionally engineer a market crash so that your retirement benefits vanish? Cruz was asked this (above), but he ignored the question. And don’t forget: whatever is privatized becomes subject to the profit motive. That means ever-higher FICA taxes and ever-smaller retirement benefits. And don’t give me this garbage about “partial privatization” not really being privatization. Once the camel’s nose is in the tent, it’s all over.

CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash: Governor Kasich, you told a voter in New Hampshire to quote, “Get over cuts to Social Security benefits” because you have a reform plan and that is just the reality you say that is out there. Why is cutting Social Security payments the solution?

OHIO GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH: I took on Washington and I won. I actually got the budget balanced when I was a member of the Congress, the chairman of the budget committee. We paid down a half a trillion dollars of the national debt. We also balanced the budget four years in a row. I also had a plan in 1999 to save Social Security and take the $5 trillion projected surplus and not only have Social Security for our young people, but also to give them private accounts. Now there are more 18-year-olds who believe they have a better chance of seeing a UFO than a Social Security check and we have a lot of seniors who are very nervous. I have a plan to fix Social Security that doesn’t even require raising the retirement age.

If you’ve had wealth throughout your lifetime, when the time comes to be on Social Security, you’ll get less. And for those people who depend on that Social Security, they’ll get their full benefit.

For John Kasich, you can have Social Security benefits if you have not “had wealth throughout your lifetime.” What exactly does this mean? Kasich never explains it.

CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash: Mr. Trump, you don’t want to raise the retirement age, and you also don’t want to cut benefits even for wealthier Americans. But according to the Social Security Administration, unless adjustments are made, Social Security is projected to run out of money within 20 years. So specifically, what would you do to stop that from happening?

TRUMP: I will do everything within my power not to touch Social Security, to leave it the way it is. And it’s my absolute intention to leave Social Security the way it is. Not increase the age and to leave it as is.

So…on the Republican side, Trump is the only candidate who wants to leave Social Security alone. The other three candidates want to cut benefits, raise the eligibility age, and in the case of Cruz, privatize Social Security (i.e. give it to the thieves of Wall Street).

Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich also repeat the lie about Social Security being “unsustainable.” Kasich wants to balance the U.S. federal budget.

Despite all this, Hillary supporters say we must hate Trump because Trump says racist and bigoted things. Yeah well, I’m a left wing extremist (radically anti-neoliberal) and I favor Trump over the other Republicans.

But this is not about Trump or the Presidency. It’s about the illogic of Hillary supporters.

“Yes Trump is the only one who will leave Social security alone, but he’s a racist and a bigot!”

Trump talks about building a wall between the USA and Mexico.  Big deal. The wall already exists.

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Trump talks about rounding up and deporting all illegal aliens. Does anyone honestly think that this is even remotely possible? And don’t forget that Obama has rounded up and deported more refugees than all previous president combined.

“But…but…but…Obama does racist things, but Trump is evil because he says racist things!”

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