Things an “Outsider” Does: Perdue Wants to Put Social Security and Medicare on the Chopping Block — After Voting for Tax Giveaways for the Wealthy and Corporations

June 18, 2020

Perdue blames earned benefits programs for “causing this debt” even as he voted for a deficit-busting handout to wealthy special interests

ATLANTA — Special interest lackey Senator David Perdue is now trying to call himself a political “outsider,” but his six years in Washington show that he’ll side with his wealthy and connected backers over Georgia families again and again. Perdue even wants to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block despite voting for a deficit-busting tax giveaway for corporate special interests that adds nearly $2 trillion to the national debt.

Perdue has repeatedly targeted critical earned benefits programs in Washington while claiming the issue with the corporate tax handout was that it wasn’t big enough. But when it comes to programs critical to middle class families, Perdue said that spending on earned benefits programs like “Social Security and Medicare” is “the problem” and blamed them for “causing this debt.”

Meanwhile, Perdue’s prized tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations — in addition to exploding the deficit and stacking $2 trillion onto the national debt hurt these programs even more as it “trimmed a year of solvency from the primary Medicare trust fund and had a negative effect on the Social Security trust fund.”

“Georgia families rely on earned benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare now more than ever, but so-called political ‘outsider’ Senator David Perdue has been in lockstep with Mitch McConnell to target these programs and give away billions in tax breaks to his wealthy backers,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Georgians deserve a senator who will fight to protect their earned benefits — not special interest tax handouts.”


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