The Pot Party1 wing of the Democratic Party is spreading huge lies about a simple 2015-2016 rule passed on Wednesday January 7 by the United States House of Representatives. Senator Warren, the AARP, B'nai Brith (for some odd reason), the Boston Globe and others are entitled to their far left wing opinions (I read the Globe for Shaughnessy). But they are not entitled to their own facts (Moynihan, I think).
The looney lefties claim taking Social Security money away from those that draw from the retirement fund and giving it to those that draw from the disability fund is "generally routine." Therefore, they say, changing that approach to funding help for the disabled is another example of the Republicans hating poor, disabled people.
On the other hand, the Social Security Trustees -- five out of six of whom are Democrats and all of whom are appointed by President Obama -- write
"Lawmakers may consider responding to the impending DI Trust Fund reserve depletion, as they did in 1994, solely by reallocating the payroll tax rate between OASI and DI. Such a response might serve to delay DI reforms and much needed financial corrections for OASDI as a whole... Social Security has not been the object of significant financing reforms since 1983, its need for additional measures has been recognized for over two decades. Now, in the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, the adverse consequences of delaying necessary corrections in both programs are beginning to be realized... The DI Trust Fund’s impending reserve depletion signals that the time has arrived for reforms that strengthen the financing outlooks for OASI and DI alike. "
Only far left wing loonies would call a temporary stop-gap procedure last done 20 years ago "generally routine2." Only Senator Warren -- in the face of the above warning from her fellow Democrats -- would claim the situation at Social Security is not a crisis. And just to be clear, the House of Representatives did not vote to do anything related to Social Security other than debate its reform so as to protect it for future generations, as requested by the Democratic Trustees.
1I feel the Warren wing of the Democratic Party needs a cute name just the same way the Cruz wing of the Republican Party is called the Tea Party. Calling the multi-millionaire elitist Warren or billionairre hedge fund manager Steyer and so forth populists or progressives simply shows a huge ignorance of history. To be clear, I have nothing against either tea or marijuana
2It was done 10 times in the 1970s and 1980s prior to and during the debate over the SS fix developed by President Reagan and House Speaker O'Neill