Trump Is Breaking His Promise on Medicare and Social Security
Donald Trump has broken his promises to Ohioans on the economy, health care and student debt — and now he’s going back on his campaign pledge to “save our Social Security” and “save our Medicare” by opening the door to cuts.
“Donald Trump’s comments today are straight out of Mick Mulvaney’s playbook,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Trump’s chief of staff likes to call Social Security ‘welfare,’ even though it is an earned benefit that working people pay into, and Mulvaney has been pushing for Social Security and Medicare cuts going back to his time in Congress as a Freedom Caucus extremist. For Ohio, cuts to Social Security and Medicare would be devastating. Nearly 2.4 million Ohioans receive Social Security insurance benefits — totaling more than $3 billion every month. Medicare provides health coverage for nearly 2 million older Ohioans and hundreds of thousands of Ohioans with disabilities.”
In June 2016 at a speech in St. Clairsville, Ohio, Trump said, “We’re going to save our Social Security. We’re going to save our Medicare. Others want to cut. We’re going to save so much.”
Since he’s been in office, Trump has proposed and supported cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Trump’s last budget proposal cut Social Security programs by $26 billion and slashed funding for the Social Security Administration, which helps retirees and people with disabilities get the support they need and have earned.
It’s Time to Raise the Wage
This week state Rep. Brigid Kelly testified on her bill to raise Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, impacting 2 million workers in the Buckeye State.
Kelly emphasized how this legislation would benefit workers, families and communities — as well as the state budget: “It’s also good for taxpayers because when people can make a decent living, it means they can take care of themselves, they can take care of their family’s and they’re less dependent on other forms of assistance.”
While Democratic lawmakers at the Ohio Statehouse work to pass legislation to raise the wage, labor groups are also pushing for a fix at the ballot box. Ohioans For Raising the Wage is advocating for a constitutional amendment that will increase the state’s minimum wage to $13 an hour.
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- Saturday, Jan. 25 — Ohio Democratic Party Rural Engagement Action Plan Meeting in Chillicothe
- Saturday, Jan. 25 — Fundraiser for Betsy Rader for Ohio Senate
- Saturday, Jan. 25 — Medina Democratic Club’s Mock Iowa Caucus
- Saturday, Jan. 25 — Athens County Democratic Party Day of Action
- Sunday, Jan. 26 — Candidate Forum for 15th Congressional District in Hilliard
- Sunday, Jan. 26 — Women’s Democratic Caucus of Rural Northwest Ohio Meeting
- Sunday, Jan. 26 — Lucas County Democratic Party Blue Wave Sundays Phone Bank
- Sunday, Jan. 26 — Reem Subei for Ohio Senate Campaign Kickoff in Bowling Green
- Monday, Jan. 27 — Dayton Happy Hour with Rep. Casey Weinstein and Mark Fogel for Ohio Senate
- Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Ohio Fairness Act Hearing at Ohio Statehouse
- Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Franklin County Young Dems Election and Meeting
- Wednesday, Jan. 29 — Jaime Castle for Congress Campaign Kickoff in Cincinnati
- Wednesday, Jan. 29 — Hamilton County Young Dems Cross-Generation Dems Meet Up
- Thursday, Jan. 30 — Greater Dayton Young Dems 2020 Fundraiser Kickoff
- Thursday, Jan. 30 — Cuyahoga County Young Dems January General Meeting with Rep. Phil Robinson
- Friday, Jan. 31 — Campaign Kickoff for Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson in Toledo
- Saturday, Feb. 1 — We Belong Here PAC Brunch in Akron
- Saturday, Feb. 1 — Fairfield County Democratic Party Voter Registration Training
- Monday, Feb. 3 — Candidate Forum for Ohio Senate District 16 in Upper Arlington
- Saturday, Feb. 8 — Greene County Democratic Women’s Club Meeting
- Saturday, Feb. 8 — Mahoning/Trumbull County Democratic Women’s Caucus Training
- Saturday, Feb. 8 — Washington County Democratic Party Valentine’s Dinner with Judge Jennifer Brunner
- Sunday, Feb. 9 — Wood County Young Dems Book Club Meeting
- Monday, Feb. 10 — Richland County Democratic Women’s Caucus February Meeting
- Wednesday, Feb. 12 — Fairfield County Democratic Party Happy Hour
- Thursday, Feb. 13 — Summit County Democratic Party Valentine’s Day Party
- Thursday, Feb. 13 — Lucas County Young Dems Speed Date the Candidates Meeting
- Thursday, Feb. 20 — Miami County Democratic Party’s World Day of Social Justice Dinner
- Saturday, Feb. 22 — College Democrats of Ohio Fundraiser in Columbus
- Tuesday, Feb. 25 — Franklin County Young Dems Game Night
- Thursday, Feb. 27 — Ottawa County Democratic Party Blue Plate Special with Judge Jennifer Brunner and Judge John P. O’Donnell
- Sunday, March 8 — Butler County Democratic Party Gala Dinner
- Thursday, March 12 — Northwest Ohio Seven-County Democratic Dinner
- Sunday, April 19 — Warren County Democratic Party Spring Gala with Judge Jennifer Brunner and Judge John P. O’Donnell
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