Congress votes to destroy Social Security, 233-184

Those April showers have drowned the media this year with reports of a petulant, prosthetic protuberant princess, also know as “What’s Her Name” or “Smarmy Scandals.”

Meanwhile, back in Congress, 233 members – 54% of that angst body – voted to destroy the Social Security system by not allowing the use of its $2.9 trillion in reserves, forcing cuts of up to 24% in coming years.

As a big boy bonus, this bookkeeping manipulation will allow the fiscal twits to proclaim that nearly three trillion dollars has been cut from the National Debt. These reserves come from excess FICA taxes previously paid by Americans to subsidize years where there was a tax collection shortfall.

But like Tiger Woods winning this year’s Masters (tied at 32), it was not to be. The bill – H.J. Res 2 – required a 66% vote to pass. It fell short by 12%, but under House rules this Constitutional Amendment can be brought up over and over again.

Lame duck Speaker Paul Ryan described the so-called Balanced Budget Amendment bill this way:

H.J.Res. 2 amends the Constitution of the United States to require three-fifths of both legislative bodies to approve spending that exceeds government revenue, require three-fifths of both legislative bodies to raise the limit on the debt, and require the President to submit a proposed budget to Congress in which total outlays do not exceed total receipts. Congress may wave these requirements for any fiscal year the United States is engaged in military conflict that causes an imminent and serious military threat to national security and is so declared by a joint resolution.

What sounds good in Washington can hide evil intent, and Joe Baker, President of the Medicare Rights Center, and Judith Stein, Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, quickly caught on to the charade, explaining in a letter to Congress:

…we are troubled that a balanced budget amendment would require expenditures in any year to be offset by revenues collected in that same year. This would prevent the Medicare program from using the Part A trust fund for its intended purpose of paying beneficiary hospitalization costs, since most of its $200 billion in Treasury securities were collected in prior years.

Similarly, Social Security would be prohibited from using its $2.9 trillion in reserves to pay out retirement benefits.

Such disruptions would end Social Security and Medicare as we know them. The programs would cease to be predictable sources of health and economic security for older adults, people with disabilities, and their families, the majority of whom cannot afford to pay more for basic needs like putting food on the table or visiting a doctor.

Despite propaganda that all seniors are wealthy golfers, who drive a Bentley, the letter explained:

Nearly half of all Medicare beneficiaries have incomes below $26,200 and more than one in five older adults depend on Social Security for 90% of their retirement income.

A balanced budget amendment would leave these and countless more Americans—who contributed to Medicare and Social Security their entire working lives—with significant unanticipated expenditures, little peace of mind, and no ability to plan for the future.

Why would 233 members of Congress vote for this fiasco? Are they all Koch heads, childlike clones of a custodial K Street depository, or just stupid and lazy?

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Many of these “entitlement” enemies have been fed intellectual baloney by think tanks, mainstream media, and the evil gremlins of the Birch Society, convincing them that only the likes of Goldman Sachs or Prudential should be entrusted with your savings.

For them, the “free market” demands that someone should make a profit out of the current Social Security program, and thus add pension fees to pay dividends to shareholders and allow even higher pay for financial execs.

The following is a list, by state, district number and name of all those who voted to take away much of your savings with a one-bill flourish of their limp and feckless pens. Remember to never vote for them.

AL 4 Yea Rep. Robert Aderholt [R]
AK 0 Yea Rep. Don Young [R]
AL 1 Yea Rep. Bradley Byrne [R]
AL 2 Yea Rep. Martha Roby [R]
AL 3 Yea Rep. Mike Rogers [R]
AL 5 Yea Rep. Mo Brooks [R]
AL 6 Yea Rep. Gary Palmer [R]
AR 1 Yea Rep. Eric Crawford [R]
AR 2 Yea Rep. French Hill [R]
AR 3 Yea Rep. Steve Womack [R]
AR 4 Yea Rep. Bruce Westerman [R]
AZ 2 Yea Rep. Martha McSally [R]
AZ 6 Yea Rep. David Schweikert [R]
AZ 9 Yea Rep. Kyrsten Sinema [D]
CA 1 Yea Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R]
CA 4 Yea Rep. Tom McClintock [R]
CA 8 Yea Rep. Paul Cook [R]
CA 10 Yea Rep. Jeff Denham [R]
CA 16 Yea Rep. Jim Costa [D]
CA 21 Yea Rep. David Valadao [R]
CA 22 Yea Rep. Devin Nunes [R]
CA 23 Yea Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R]
CA 25 Yea Rep. Steve Knight [R]
CA 39 Yea Rep. Edward Royce [R]
CA 42 Yea Rep. Ken Calvert [R]
CA 45 Yea Rep. Mimi Walters [R]
CA 48 Yea Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R]
CA 49 Yea Rep. Darrell Issa [R]
CA 50 Yea Rep. Duncan Hunter [R]
CO 5 Yea Rep. Doug Lamborn [R]
CO 6 Yea Rep. Mike Coffman [R]
FL 1 Yea Rep. Matt Gaetz [R]
FL 2 Yea Rep. Neal Dunn [R]
FL 3 Yea Rep. Ted Yoho [R]
FL 4 Yea Rep. John Rutherford [R]
FL 6 Yea Rep. Ron DeSantis [R]
FL 8 Yea Rep. Bill Posey [R]
FL 11 Yea Rep. Daniel Webster [R]
FL 12 Yea Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R]
FL 15 Yea Rep. Dennis Ross [R]
FL 16 Yea Rep. Vern Buchanan [R]
FL 17 Yea Rep. Thomas Rooney [R]
FL 18 Yea Rep. Brian Mast [R]
FL 19 Yea Rep. Francis Rooney [R]
FL 25 Yea Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R]
FL 27 Yea Rep. I.Ros-Lehtinen [R]
GA 1 Yea Rep. Buddy Carter [R]
GA 3 Yea Rep. Drew Ferguson IV [R]
GA 6 Yea Rep. Karen Handel [R]
GA 7 Yea Rep. Rob Woodall [R]
GA 8 Yea Rep. Austin Scott [R]
GA 9 Yea Rep. Doug Collins [R]
GA 10 Yea Rep. Jody Hice [R]
GA 11 Yea Rep. Barry Loudermilk [R]
GA 12 Yea Rep. Rick Allen [R]
GA 14 Yea Rep. Tom Graves [R]
IA 1 Yea Rep. Rod Blum [R]
IA 3 Yea Rep. David Young [R]
IA 4 Yea Rep. Steve King [R]
ID 1 Yea Rep. Raúl Labrador [R]
IL 6 Yea Rep. Peter Roskam [R]
IL 12 Yea Rep. Mike Bost [R]
IL 13 Yea Rep. Rodney Davis [R]
IL 14 Yea Rep. Randy Hultgren [R]
IL 15 Yea Rep. John Shimkus [R]
IL 16 Yea Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R]
IL 18 Yea Rep. Darin LaHood [R]
IN 2 Yea Rep. Jackie Walorski [R]
IN 3 Yea Rep. Jim Banks [R]
IN 4 Yea Rep. Todd Rokita [R]
IN 5 Yea Rep. Susan Brooks [R]
IN 6 Yea Rep. Luke Messer [R]
IN 8 Yea Rep. Larry Bucshon [R]
IN 9 Yea Rep. Trey Hollingsworth [R]
KS 1 Yea Rep. Roger Marshall [R]
KS 2 Yea Rep. Lynn Jenkins [R]
KS 3 Yea Rep. Kevin Yoder [R]
KS 4 Yea Rep. Ron Estes [R]
KY 1 Yea Rep. James Comer [R]
KY 2 Yea Rep. Brett Guthrie [R]
KY 5 Yea Rep. Harold Rogers [R]
KY 6 Yea Rep. Garland Barr [R]
LA 1 Yea Rep. Steve Scalise [R]
LA 3 Yea Rep. Clay Higgins [R]
LA 4 Yea Rep. Mike Johnson [R]
LA 5 Yea Rep. Ralph Abraham [R]
LA 6 Yea Rep. Garret Graves [R]
MD 1 Yea Rep. Andy Harris [R]
ME 2 Yea Rep. Bruce Poliquin [R]
MI 1 Yea Rep. Jack Bergman [R]
MI 2 Yea Rep. Bill Huizenga [R]
MI 4 Yea Rep. John Moolenaar [R]
MI 6 Yea Rep. Fred Upton [R]
MI 7 Yea Rep. Tim Walberg [R]
MI 8 Yea Rep. Mike Bishop [R]
MI 10 Yea Rep. Paul Mitchell [R]
MI 11 Yea Rep. Dave Trott [R]
MN 2 Yea Rep. Jason Lewis [R]
MN 3 Yea Rep. Erik Paulsen [R]
MN 6 Yea Rep. Tom Emmer [R]
MN 7 Yea Rep. Collin Peterson [D]
MO 2 Yea Rep. Ann Wagner [R]
MO 3 Yea Rep. B. Luetkemeyer [R]
MO 4 Yea Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R]
MO 6 Yea Rep. Sam Graves [R]
MO 7 Yea Rep. Billy Long [R]
MO 8 Yea Rep. Jason Smith [R]
MS 1 Yea Rep. Trent Kelly [R]
MS 3 Yea Rep. Gregg Harper [R]
MS 4 Yea Rep. Steven Palazzo [R]
MT 0 Yea Rep. Greg Gianforte [R]
NC 2 Yea Rep. George Holding [R]
NC 3 Yea Rep. Walter Jones Jr. [R]
NC 5 Yea Rep. Virginia Foxx [R]
NC 6 Yea Rep. Mark Walker [R]
NC 7 Yea Rep. David Rouzer [R]
NC 8 Yea Rep. Richard Hudson [R]
NC 9 Yea Rep. Robert Pittenger [R]
NC 10 Yea Rep. Patrick McHenry [R]
NC 11 Yea Rep. Mark Meadows [R]
NC 13 Yea Rep. Ted Budd [R]
ND 0 Yea Rep. Kevin Cramer [R]
NE 1 Yea Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R]
NE 2 Yea Rep. Don Bacon [R]
NE 3 Yea Rep. Adrian Smith [R]
NJ 2 Yea Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R]
NJ 3 Yea Rep. Tom MacArthur [R]
NJ 4 Yea Rep. Christopher Smith [R]
NJ 5 Yea Rep. Josh Gottheimer [D]
NJ 7 Yea Rep. Leonard Lance [R]
NJ 11 Yea Rep. R. Frelinghuysen [R]
NM 2 Yea Rep. Stevan Pearce [R]
NV 2 Yea Rep. Mark Amodei [R]
NY 1 Yea Rep. Lee Zeldin [R]
NY 2 Yea Rep. Peter King [R]
NY 11 Yea Rep. Daniel Donovan Jr. [R]
NY 19 Yea Rep. John Faso [R]
NY 21 Yea Rep. Elise Stefanik [R]
NY 22 Yea Rep. Claudia Tenney [R]
NY 23 Yea Rep. Tom Reed II [R]
NY 24 Yea Rep. John Katko [R]
NY 27 Yea Rep. Chris Collins [R]
OH 1 Yea Rep. Steve Chabot [R]
OH 2 Yea Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R]
OH 4 Yea Rep. Jim Jordan [R]
OH 5 Yea Rep. Robert Latta [R]
OH 6 Yea Rep. Bill Johnson [R]
OH 7 Yea Rep. Bob Gibbs [R]
OH 8 Yea Rep. Warren Davidson [R]
OH 10 Yea Rep. Michael Turner [R]
OH 14 Yea Rep. David Joyce [R]
OH 15 Yea Rep. Steve Stivers [R]
OH 16 Yea Rep. James Renacci [R]
OK 1 Yea Rep. Jim Bridenstine [R]
OK 2 Yea Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R]
OK 3 Yea Rep. Frank Lucas [R]
OK 4 Yea Rep. Tom Cole [R]
OK 5 Yea Rep. Steve Russell [R]
OR 2 Yea Rep. Greg Walden [R]
PA 3 Yea Rep. Mike Kelly [R]
PA 4 Yea Rep. Scott Perry [R]
PA 5 Yea Rep. Glenn Thompson [R]
PA 6 Yea Rep. Ryan Costello [R]
PA 7 Yea Rep. Patrick Meehan [R]
PA 8 Yea Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick [R]
PA 9 Yea Rep. Bill Shuster [R]
PA 10 Yea Rep. Tom Marino [R]
PA 11 Yea Rep. Lou Barletta [R]
PA 12 Yea Rep. Keith Rothfus [R]
PA 15 Yea Rep. Charles Dent [R]
PA 16 Yea Rep. Lloyd Smucker [R]
SC 1 Yea Rep. Marshall Sanford [R]
SC 2 Yea Rep. Joe Wilson [R]
SC 3 Yea Rep. Jeff Duncan [R]
SC 4 Yea Rep. Trey Gowdy [R]
SC 5 Yea Rep. Ralph Norman Jr. [R]
SD 0 Yea Rep. Kristi Noem [R]
TN 1 Yea Rep. David Roe [R]
TN 2 Yea Rep. John Duncan Jr. [R]
TN 3 Yea Rep. C. Fleischmann [R]
TN 4 Yea Rep. Scott DesJarlais [R]
TN 5 Yea Rep. Jim Cooper [D]
TN 6 Yea Rep. Diane Black [R]
TN 7 Yea Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R]
TN 8 Yea Rep. David Kustoff [R]
TX 2 Yea Rep. Ted Poe [R]
TX 3 Yea Rep. Sam Johnson [R]
TX 4 Yea Rep. John Ratcliffe [R]
TX 5 Yea Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R]
TX 6 Yea Rep. Joe Barton [R]
TX 7 Yea Rep. John Culberson [R]
TX 8 Yea Rep. Kevin Brady [R]
TX 10 Yea Rep. Michael McCaul [R]
TX 11 Yea Rep. Michael Conaway [R]
TX 12 Yea Rep. Kay Granger [R]
TX 13 Yea Rep. Mac Thornberry [R]
TX 14 Yea Rep. Randy Weber [R]
TX 17 Yea Rep. Bill Flores [R]
TX 19 Yea Rep. Jodey Arrington [R]
TX 21 Yea Rep. Lamar Smith [R]
TX 22 Yea Rep. Pete Olson [R]
TX 23 Yea Rep. Will Hurd [R]
TX 24 Yea Rep. Kenny Marchant [R]
TX 25 Yea Rep. Roger Williams [R]
TX 26 Yea Rep. Michael Burgess [R]
TX 28 Yea Rep. Henry Cuellar [D]
TX 31 Yea Rep. John Carter [R]
TX 32 Yea Rep. Pete Sessions [R]
TX 36 Yea Rep. Brian Babin [R]
UT 1 Yea Rep. Rob Bishop [R]
UT 2 Yea Rep. Chris Stewart [R]
UT 3 Yea Rep. John Curtis [R]
UT 4 Yea Rep. Mia Love [R]
VA 1 Yea Rep. Robert Wittman [R]
VA 2 Yea Rep. Scott Taylor [R]
VA 5 Yea Rep. Thomas Garrett [R]
VA 6 Yea Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R]
VA 7 Yea Rep. David Brat [R]
VA 9 Yea Rep. Morgan Griffith [R]
VA 10 Yea Rep. Barbara Comstock [R]
WA 3 Yea Rep. Jaime H. Beutler [R]
WA 4 Yea Rep. Dan Newhouse [R]
WA 5 Yea Rep. Cathy M. Rodgers [R]
WA 8 Yea Rep. David Reichert [R]
WI 3 Yea Rep. Ron Kind [D]
WI 5 Yea Rep. J. Sensenbrenner [R]
WI 6 Yea Rep. Glenn Grothman [R]
WI 7 Yea Rep. Sean Duffy [R]
WI 8 Yea Rep. Mike Gallagher [R]
WV 1 Yea Rep. David McKinley [R]
WV 2 Yea Rep. Alex Mooney [R]
WV 3 Yea Rep. Evan Jenkins [R]
WY 0 Yea Rep. Liz Cheney [R]

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