Jeb Bush Belittles People Who Depend On Social Security And Medicare
These are the waning days of 2014. It’s been a long year, with a lot of work, and many disappointments. It’s easy, at this time of year, to simply want to give up, give in, and sink down into despair.
As the 2016 Republican presidential candidates announce themselves, we could easily adopt an attitude of resignation, acknowledging that the field is poor, but thinking there’s no point in resisting. I myself feel these temptations… but then I look at what the Republican presidential candidates actually want to do, and I feel my motivation return.
Such is the case with Jeb Bush. It’s easy to dismiss the idea of Jeb Bush as a serious candidate, until one notices the substantial fundraising commitments that Bush is making as he “actively explores” his campaign. What Bush wants to do with that money alarms me more, however.
The people donating to Jeb Bush aren’t rank and file Republicans. They’re millionaires and billionaires who have made their fortunes by using their capital to profit from working Americans’ troubles during the Wall Street recession.
In order to gain the support of these financial elites, Jeb Bush has resurrected a pet plan from his brother, George W. Jeb has declared plans to take money out of the Social Security trust fund, and divert it into the accounts of Wall Street firms.
Bush’s cruel economic plan was critiqued earlier this month, with an organization noting that “Bush endorsed the Ryan Budget, which would give tax breaks to those at the very top while shifting the tax burden onto average Americans. A budget which would slash vital services for everyday American families and gut funding for our education system. Bush supported his brother’s plan to privatize Social Security and endorses a budget that would gut Medicare.”
When Jeb Bush found out about this critique, his response was telling. Instead of trying to explain his plans to undermine Social Security and Medicare, or adjusting his plans to make them less sadistic, Jeb Bush simply dismissed the criticism as unimportant. He merely called the criticisms “silly”, and then moved on to another meeting with his corporate donors.
Perhaps to a man who was born as a millionaire, the concerns of people who have worked all their lives to invest money into Social Security seem “silly”. To the rest of us, it is a vitally important matter.
The fact that Jeb Bush doesn’t understand this difference is cause enough for me to pay close attention to his campaign as it moves forward with its plan for Republican control over all three branches of the federal government in 2016.