President Trump signed an executive order last weekend that could be the first step towards ending Social Security as we know it, threatening to cut the benefits of 65 million Americans.1
After signing the order, Trump promised that if he is reelected, he will slash Social Security and Medicare by making much bigger cuts to the payroll tax.2
Across party lines, Americans say they are willing to pay into Social Security because they know they will reap the benefits in retirement.3 Congress needs to take immediate action now to stop Trump from destroying Social Security and Medicare.
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In a flurry of executive orders that Trump signed on Saturday, he announced a deferral to payments into Social Security. Even though Trump’s order only cuts funding for Social Security, Trump has also vowed to make permanent cuts to the payroll tax, which would defund Medicare as well.4
Trump’s appalling power grab benefits the wealthiest Americans the most, and doesn’t help many of the people who have been hit hardest by the pandemic: the unemployed.
Trump is pretending to help working people while actually "stealing from their retirement to make up for the administration’s failure to contain the virus," as Rep. John B. Larson said.5 The payroll tax funds Social Security and Medicare, and Trump’s planned cuts to it would undermine these essential programs.
While the executive order only enacts a temporary deferral to payments into Social Security, Trump said after signing it that he wants to deliver a huge blow to that program and Medicare as well by permanently ending the payroll tax. Trump’s intentions are clear: he wants to destroy Social Security and Medicare unless we stop him.
Congress needs to act now to protect Social Security and Medicare from Trump’s reckless executive actions.
Tell Congress: don’t let Trump destroy Social Security and Medicare!
1. Washington Post, "Here's what's actually in Trump's four executive orders," August 9, 2020.
2. Washington Post, "Trump promises permanent payroll tax cut if re-elected," August 8, 2020.
3. National Academy of Social Insurance, "Public Opinions on Social Security."
4. CNBC, "These are the taxpayers who benefit most from Trump’s call for a payroll tax holiday," July 22, 2020.
5. Rep. John Larson, "Larson Opposes Trump's Move to Defund Social Security," August 10, 2020.