Sign if you agree: Stop Trump's sneak attack on Social Security

Stop Trump's sneak attack on Social Security

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"Do everything in your power to stop Trump's sneak attempt to cut Social Security by introducing a chained CPI inflation measure."

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Dear 5849376,

Stop Trump's sneak attack on Social Security

Donald Trump scammed workers out of money he owed them, scammed his way out of paying taxes – and keeps trying to scam Americans out of their earned Social Security benefits.

Trump's latest sneak attack on Social Security is to redefine poverty in order to heartlessly deny struggling people their earned benefits. Benefits increase every year in order to keep pace with inflation and the cost of living. Trump wants to switch to a misleading measurement of inflation as an excuse to cut benefits.1

There is no way Trump and his Republican puppets in Congress will want to defend benefit cuts before voters. Our best chance of stopping Trump's sneak attack on Social Security is to put a giant spotlight on the plan and pour pressure on Congress to denounce it.

Tell Congress: Stop Trump's sneak attack on Social Security. Click here to sign the petition.

Trump exposed his false populism with attacks on Social Security and Medicare from his first day in office. His budget called for major cuts to the social safety net, and Trump Republicans in Congress tried to sabotage the Social Security Administration. Right-wing extremists like Trump know that cutting earned benefits is incredibly unpopular, which is why they make grand promises in public and then hope people are so distracted by the latest tweet or outrage that they don't notice sneak attacks on Social Security.

We can't let that happen. The Trump administration proposed switching to a different measure of inflation known as "chained CPI." But chained CPI is a flawed measure that assumes seniors can substitute all expensive products even as the cost of housing and pharmaceutical drugs skyrocket. It's not a modest tweak but a substantial benefit cut that would cost some seniors thousands of dollars each year and tens of thousands over a lifetime.2

Chained CPI would also steadily raise taxes and deny people access to other benefits by changing the government's poverty threshold even if it does not reflect the reality of struggling Americans.3

The Trump administration is hoping it can disguise this benefit cut as a technical change and avoid repercussions from making cuts that will damage millions of lives. When President Obama proposed a similar cut to earned benefits, a major backlash from CREDO members and millions of Americans led him to change his mind and endorse expanding Social Security. Public pressure on Congress is the best way to force the Trump administration to back down and abandon the sneak Social Security cut.

Tell Congress: Stop Trump's sneak attack on Social Security. Click below to sign the petition:

Thank you for speaking out,

Josh Nelson, Co-Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. Nancy Altman, "Beware Trump's Sneak Attack on Social Security," Common Dreams, May 21, 2019.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.

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