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If you are a Scamocrat, Trumper or staunch Dupublican then consider that any House Bills not acted upon or discussed is a denial of the voters right to representation. The idea that House Bills (these are bills that propose spending for Infrastructure, healthcare to name a couple.) These bills bring jobs along with their passage. Until these bills are taken up, we will never know what affect they will have , we only know what “Botch” wants us to know and that is just his opinion. We deserve better and to get it we need to vote intelligently. Holding up any legislation with no discussion is just wrong if not illegal. Remember that “Botch” is busily appointing conservative judges, some of whom are unqualified to lifetime positions which will affect US ALL for years to come.This is not how our representation is supposed to work The recent “acquittal”, .shows it is time remove “Botch” from office. MA 

 

BY JAMES CROWLEY ON 2/14/20 AT 12:14 PM EST

During a television interview, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that 395 bills sitting in the Senate are not going to be passed.

On Fox News Friday, anchor Bret Baier asked McConnell if Democrats’ statements about those bills were true and whether they could move forward. McConnell confirmed that it was the case, but also said that proposed legislation would be rejected.

“It is true,” the senator said. “They’ve been on full left-wing parade over there, trotting out all of their left-wing solutions that are going to be issues in the fall campaign. They’re right. We’re not going to pass those.”

McConnell explained that the bills would not get passed, because the government is divided. He said that instead they “have to work on things we can agree,” listing government spending, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement, an infrastructure bill, a parks bill and some environmental issues as examples of bills that they may be able to agree on.

When asked about a bipartisan infrastructure bill, McConnell said that it may not be a “big” bill, because it would “require dealing with the revenue sources that both sides are nervous about raising the gas tax, which is a regressive tax on low-income people.”

When asked about legislature regarding prescription drugs, McConnell said that while there are “differences on both sides,” there is a chance that the Senate will be able to legislate on the issue.

“It’s not that we’re not doing anything. It’s that we’re not doing what the House Democrats and these candidates for president on the Democratic ticket want to do,” he said.

McConnell’s failure to pass many of the bills that are currently in the Senate has been a frequent target for Democrats, earning him the nickname the “Grim Reaper,” from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last December. She has said that bills are sitting in a “legislative graveyard,” during this cycle.

“I have news for him,” Pelosi said. “He may think they’re dead on arrival, but they are alive and well in the general public.”

Earlier in the interview, Fox showed clips of Democratic presidential candidates criticizing McConnell for not passing bills.

Discussing issues such as gun control and raising wages, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said the “trouble is, none of it can get past Mitch McConnell’s Senate.”

“We have a second thing we better be working hard on and thinking about, and that is: take back the Senate and put Mitch McConnell out of a job,” Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said on the campaign trail Sunday.

McConnell’s office did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment from Newsweek.

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Another term for TOTUS could affect you now and later. MA

Aimee PicchiSpecial to USA TODAY

While campaigning for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump repeatedly vowed that he wouldn’t touch Social Security. But as the 2020 general election nears, his administration is signaling changes that could undermine his pledge.

Trump has largely continued to voice support for the social safety-net program, which provides retirement benefits for 44.5 million seniors – even though he appeared to backtrack in a January interview when he told CNBC that he’d “take a look” at restructuring entitlement programs. After Democrats accused him of breaking his campaign pledge, Trump restated his earlier vow, writing on Twitter, “We will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare in Fiscal 2021 Budget.”

Yet Trump’s words and his administration’s actions aren’t in alignment.

Case in point: His fiscal 2021 budget, released Monday, includes cuts to the Social Security program. So why aren’t retirees up in arms? That’s because the reductions are aimed at the part of Social Security program that provides benefits to about 8.5 million disabled workers – and not the monthly retirement benefits.

 

The Social Security Disability Insurance program is still part of Social Security, notes Kathleen Romig, senior policy analyst at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank.

“What he’s said has been very consistent, that his budget won’t touch Social Security, but the things he’s doing are not consistent” with his vows, Romig says. “The administration has rationalized that by trying to redefine what Social Security means.”

Social Security disability

Social Security isn’t only for retirees: About 4.2 million children in the U.S. receive payments from the program because one or more of their parents died, became disabled or retired, according to the Social Security Administration. And the disability program protects millions of workers of all ages.

“Social Security has included disability insurance as part of the program” since the 1950s, Romig notes.

Trump’s budget has little chance of winning congressional approval, especially with the Democrats controlling the House. But the budget signals the administration’s priorities, including cutting social safety-net programs such as food stamps and Medicaid.

What this means for you

Trump’s budget would trim spending by about $45 billion on Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, a program for disabled children and adults, by promoting return-to-work programs, according to the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Romig says that suggests about 5% of disabled workers would return to the workforce, which she views as unlikely given that workers who qualify for disability don’t have a track record of returning to the labor market

It’s possible that spending in the program could be trimmed through another method: In November, the Social Security Administration proposed more frequent “continuing disability reviews,” or checks to make sure that people receiving disability payments are, in fact, still disabled.

While it’s unclear when or if this proposal will be adopted, its impact would likely knock thousands of disabled Americans from the program, Romig says. Many of those disabled workers will lose their coverage simply because they fail to keep up with the paperwork, she adds.

These 3 common tax myths could actually hurt you

Will Social Security be there for you?

About 3 of 4 workers worry Social Security won’t be there for them when they’re ready to retire, according to a Transamerica survey. But that’s a dangerous fallacy, retirement experts say.

In fact, the Social Security system isn’t going broke. Because workers pay into Social Security with each paycheck, the program has a continuous stream of income.

“Social Security will go on and on forever as long as people continue to work,” Romig notes.

Yet the program’s spending is now exceeding income – due partly to millions of retiring baby boomers – which means the government is dipping into reserves to pay out benefits. Those reserves are slated to be depleted in 2035, the Social Security trustees said in its 2019 report.

But that does not mean Social Security will be gone by 2035. Instead, retirees at that point will see a 20% cut in their benefits, the trustees say.

That’s why politicians have proposed reforming Social Security. Fixes could include boosting the full retirement age – effectively, a cut to your benefits since you’d have fewer years to claim them – or raising the cap on payroll taxes, set at $137,700 for 2020.

While Trump hasn’t proposed any changes for Social Security’s mainstay of providing retirement benefits, taxpayers may want to keep an eye on the issue if he’s elected to a second term, Romig says.

That’s because presidents traditionally tackle Social Security in their second term, such as President George Bush’s attempt to partially privatize the program in 2005.

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Aimee Picchi is a business journalist whose work appears in publications including USA Today, CBS News and Consumer Reports. She previously spent almost a decade covering tech and media for Bloomberg News. You can find her on Twitter at @aimeepicchi.

 


It is apparent that the political system of “Party” politics has lost it’s way. TOTUS has completely taken over. The “Dupublicans” and the Scamocrats” are seemingly tilting at windmills! As it has always been the voters need to be the grown ups in the room. Entertaining (or not) debates, sound bites and exclamations do not make good candidates. What is required is unity and the Dupublicans have that mastered in spite of the outright lies and deceptions we see from them on a daily basis. The key seems to be the unity.  It seems that the Scamocrats need to assume the unity mantle in order to win. A united message is stronger than a bunch of people attacking one another. It is obvious  that there is disunity among the Dupublicans however they stick together no matter what. This unity looks great to the electorate even while the actions and policies harm them. We (the voters) are faced with replacing the current administration with one (hopefully) that is in it for the public interest. I have posted as much information as I can find to educate and hope it has helped. Always remember that the information I offer is available to everyone, you just have to read it and understand it. Lies will always be lies and the truth will always be the truth, it does not matter if you like it.

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All throughout the campaign, subsequent election and now in administration, this President has acted in ways that are personal to him. In accordance to his prior and current dealings, each action and utterance is about him. The operative word is his (TOTUS) personal optics. This resident of the White House has from the beginning has operated as if the country is one his businesses. It is unfortunate and fortunate at the same time that we have come to know that our Congress is not representing us in the manner we have come to expect. Our politics have always been shady but we were fortunate to have members who understood their jobs well enough to cross party lines to get the peoples work done. We now have 500 plus seat fillers who are using the ineptitude of the Resident to cover their own self dealings. It has been pondered by many voters as to how a person can be elected to public office and become millionaires by the time they leave public service. An example: political donations which find its way into the personal accounts of elected officials. It is sad enough that years ago “our” Congress enacted (quietly) a law that grants them a “cost Of Living Increase” automatically- this curtails public hearings and so no public outcry but now to abet the ill conceived actions of a ego driven many times failed business man. Each action by TOTUS is personal for him and his legacy while perhaps not the worse (so far), it will certainly be looked upon as a huge backwards step nationally and with our allies. TOTUS is governing by tweet and unfortunately “entertaining” many of us into a false narrative on his motives. Each action taken by this administration on the surface appears to be legal , isn’t. Consider the immigration issue and think about how you would feel if it happened to you! This quote from an Abraham Lincoln debate speech in 1858 states plainly what we should consider when we vote:

I charge you to drop every paltry and insignificant thought for any man’s success. It is nothing; I am nothing; Judge Douglas is nothing. But do not destroy that immortal emblem of Humanity, the Declaration of American Independence.”

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The enabling GOP has blocked an attempt to secure future  elections. This is falling in line with White House’s view of elections which is to win at any cost illegal and legal.MA

Jordain Carney,  The Hill   6 hrs ago

 

Senate Republicans blocked an effort by Democrats to unanimously pass three election security-related bills on Tuesday, marking the latest attempt to clear legislation ahead of the November elections

Democrats tried to get consent to pass two bills that require campaigns to alert the FBI and Federal Election Commission (FEC) about foreign offers of assistance, as well as legislation to provide more election funding and ban voting machines from being connected to the internet.

But Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) opposed each of the requests. Under the Senate’s rules, any one senator can ask for unanimous consent to pass a bill, but any one senator can object and block their requests.

Blackburn accused Democrats of trying to move the bills knowing that GOP lawmakers would block them and giving them fodder for fundraising efforts.

“They are attempting to bypass this body’s Rules Committee on behalf of various bills that will seize control over elections from the states and take it from the states and where do they want to put it? They want it to rest in the hands of Washington, D.C. bureaucrats,” she said.

Election security has become a point of contention during the Trump era. House Democrats have passed several election-related bills, including a sweeping ethics and election reform measure, but they’ve hit a wall in the GOP-controlled Senate.

A release from Democrats this week that blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for a “legislative graveyard” included a list of 10 election security-related bills that have stalled in the upper chamber.

Senate Democrats have tried repeatedly during the past year to try to bring up election security bills on the floor without success.

The latest attempt comes as Democrats are embroiled in their own days-long scandal after an app malfunctioned, throwing the Iowa caucuses into chaos. The snag was not due to a hack or cyberattack, but a “coding issue,” according to the Iowa Democratic Party.

It also comes as Democrats are turning their attention to the 2020 election after the months-long impeachment battle, as they try to find ways to pressure GOP senators to buck President Trump. The New Hampshire primary is underway on Tuesday, and voters in both Nevada and South Carolina are expected to head to the polls this month.

“The current president of the United States, far from having the same fears about foreign interference as our founders, has been very public about his openness to foreign assistance and manipulation in support of his election,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said.

“The president was just impeached over this issue, and the Senate just concluded a trial in which it appeared a bipartisan majority of senators broadly accepted the fact that the president leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars of military assistance to Ukraine to compel its government to investigate one of his political rivals,” he added.

Trump has denied wrongdoing in his dealings with Ukraine, with the administration arguing he was concerned about corruption and cost-sharing with other European countries. Several GOP senators who voted to acquit Trump on House-passed articles of impeachment also described the president’s conversation with Ukraine President Zelensky as “shameful” and “inappropriate.”

Democratic Sens. Mark Warner (Va.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) each tried to clear bills on Tuesday.

The bills from Warner and Blumenthal would require campaigns to report offers of foreign assistance, including donations or coordination, to the FEC and the FBI.

“The appropriate response is not to say thank you, the appropriate response is to call the FBI,” Warner said.

Blumenthal, referring to the impeachment fight, argued that Republicans had let Trump “off the hook.”

“There is no doubt that he will only be emboldened in his efforts to illegally enlist foreign governments in his reelection campaign,” he added.

The Securing America’s Federal Elections, or SAFE, Act-the third bill Democrats tried to clear-authorizes more funding for the Election Assistance Commission and includes language that would ban voting machines from being connected to the internet and being produced in foreign countries.

“America is 266 days away from the 2020 election, and Majority Leader McConnell has yet to take any concrete steps to protect our foreign elections from hacking or foreign interference,” Wyden said.

Wyden also argued that not having a nationwide ban on connecting voting machines to the Internet was like “stashing our ballots in the Kremlin.”

Congress passed a mammoth spending package late last year that included an additional $425 million in election security funding.

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Words That have no meaning in the current administration:

INTEGRITY

HONESTY

TRUTH

GOVERNING ABILITY

FOREIGN SERVICE ABILITY

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

FOLLOWING THE LAW

Considering this list, there are any who will agree with his list but only as it applies to this administration. It would be well to apply these words to previous administrations to a lesser or perhaps greater degree. The connection shared by the last 4 to 5 administrations has been long serving Congressional members. For better or for worse we have been edging up to the current Congress for years. Our current Congress has been more self serving than any previous and that is why we have the administration we are now experiencing. It is well to observe that there are several former members of Congress serving in the administration who if we look back perhaps were not very good at serving their constituents. What they were and still are good at is playing to the leaders for what will and has favored their own progress. If our objective is to get better representation we need  to do our “homework” on who wants to represent us. This is joyless chore but like any “chore” it is necessary for our (voters) betterment. We have allowed ourselves to became slaves to “entertainment politics” and the truth of the candidates slips by us. The first mistake we all have and still make is adherence to “party Politics”, that is what the party we support tells us. There is no Truth like the Truth and the facts that surround and influence it. We have been inured by the entertainment value of untruth, half truth and the many increments of the truth which ultimately are just lies dressed in nice clothing.

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If you believe in the current administration and Congress actions and activities, please wait for the other shoe to drop. Listing the actions that will and are currently affecting more American citizens would take several ( a lot) of pages so here are the highlights:

EPA- rolling back clean water and air regulations which will allow for coal companies to stop making the efforts to keep waterways free of coal ash and other byproducts of coal production.These rollbacks will affect the air that we breathe.

Reduction of National monuments land so that oil and gas exploration can occur even on Native American lands. Lands that native Americans were forced onto during the Andrew Jackson presidency (one of TOTUS’s heroes). More pain from the original “Trail of Tears”. With the recent “acquittal” TOTUS will now run completely amok with the blessings of the GOP spearheaded by “Botch” McConnell. TOTUS supporters may be cheering these events -until the tentacles of this administration hits them in the face one way or another. In case you missed it, your food, income and health care are in jeopardy as the full effect of “tariffs” become evident. Entertainment is not governance, common sense and intelligence are.

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Anyone who believes TOTUS is not a vindictive “wannabe Dictator”, think again. It a the dire future we face if he is given a second term. It will already take many years to correct his actions, we must remember the Congress is also involved in this travesty.MA

Opinion by Samantha Vinograd

11 hrs ago

 

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

 

After months of publicly smearing Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, it appears President Donald Trump took a final shot at a man who did nothing more than faithfully carry out the duties of his job — and issued a warning shot to anyone else who dares question him.

According to his attorney, Vindman was fired on Friday from the National Security Council — a decision that will have adverse impacts for American national security. Later that evening, he also fired the US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, a Trump appointee and Republican donor who gave $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.

Both men had testified under subpoena before the House Intelligence Committee during impeachment last November. Vindman told the committee that he had listened in (as part of his NSC duties) on President Donald Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian President, and he had been so disturbed by the content of what he heard that he reported it to an NSC lawyer.

Trump made no secret of his anger at Vindman’s testimony, and the timing of Vindman’s dismissal is likely no coincidence. Acquitted by the Senate on Wednesday, President Donald Trump feels emboldened to act on his every impulse, now that Congressional Republicans have shown him they will not hold him accountable — no matter the risk.

Vindman was escorted off White House grounds, according to his attorney, and in a manner that was likely intended to publicly embarrass him. His brother Yevgeny Vindman, who also worked on the NSC and is also a lieutenant colonel, was fired as well. (When asked to comment on the departure of the Vindman brothers, NSC spokesman John Ullyot said, “We do not comment on personnel matters.”)

Trump could have let Vindman depart the NSC with some dignity — and waited until July, when Vindman was slated to leave and could more seamlessly transition his portfolio over to a new successor. Instead, the President appears to have forced Vindman and his brother out in the least dignified manner.

And there is also little doubt that this move was intentional retribution — and designed to send a clear message to any other government official who dares to challenge the President. Speak out, and you risk compromising not just your own job, but that of your family’s.

Of course, the President’s surrogates will defend him and argue Trump has the full right to hire and fire staff as he sees fit. And while that may be true, it also ignores the sad reality hidden in that truth. The President only wants henchmen and yes-men who defer to his orders and actions, no matter how dangerous, inappropriate or potentially illegal they may be.

There have been earlier reports that Trump is downsizing the NSC and stacking it with more political appointees. By removing Vindman, and by moving forward with plans to cycle out career government officials, it appears that the President also does not want witnesses around to report, through legally protected channels, any future actions that may cross moral or legal lines.

But there is a great danger to removing individuals like Vindman from the NSC who have longstanding relationships. Trump appears intent on transforming the NSC — from a critical American policy-making apparatus that advances the rule of law to a political arm for his personal benefit — with little regard for rules or laws.

Just consider the many men serving in the Trump administration who watched the President’s attacks on government officials like Vindman and did nothing. From Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien (to name a few) — these men have remained silent, and in doing so, failed their teams in the short term and the national security interests of the American people in the long term.

To all of the Republicans who said Trump had learned from the impeachment proceedings and would not make the same mistakes again, you were dead wrong. He hasn’t learned from his mistakes — he’s doubling down on them.

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While reading an assortment of articles and viewing clips of interviews where the subject was the impeachment trial. I have come to see that many voters have no real idea of the truth of the charges and even less comprehension of the facts. Some have stated that they “read” the transcripts but admitted that they did not personally read the transcripts but listened to some who “said”(politicians) they read the transcripts. There was one interviewee who stated”there was no quid pro crow”. The information issued and understood can be likened to spilling ink on a cloth, very hard to remove! What this shows me is “entertainment has more power than facts”. TOTUS and his Hench people hold more sway than the truth (which supposedly will set you free). The ability to persuade voters with entertaining “stories” and name calling  creates a cover for the real facts which will over time and immediately affect all of us in negative ways. We currently have a deeply stained Congress which has created long term problems for us by backing a misguided demigod with no penchant for anything that does not benefit him. This stain will reach us all if we do not educate ourselves in facts and begin to elect better representatives with the idea of replacing them as often as needed to get the type of Government envisioned over 200 years ago. The days that party politics worked is over and the electorate needs to again ascend as the real power behind the Government.

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If you are still a supporter of the Neer do well Congress and it’s Impotent Leader, this article may upset you. If you believe we as a country are headed down the wrong path behind an aberrant leader then your vote should reflect that. MA
Politics

5 Whoppers From Trump’s State of the Union Address

Michael Rainey
The Fiscal Times
5 Whoppers From Trump’s State of the Union Address
5 Whoppers From Trump’s State of the Union Address

President Trump delivered a polarizing, reality-show tinged State of the Union address Tuesday in which he claimed credit for three years of solid economic growth while making more than 30 “dubious statements” about everything from blue-collar employment to American energy independence, according to the fact checkers at The Washington Post.

As Politico’s John F. Harris summed it up, “President Donald Trump likes his superlatives, and you have to give him credit: He definitely earned them this time. This was the most defiant, most boastful, most ostentatiously theatrical, most overtly campaign-oriented, most am-I-hearing-this-right? outlandish—the most flamboyantly bizarre—State of the Union Address of All Time.”

With the economy in its 11th year of growth, unemployment at a 50-year low and the stock market at record highs, Trump certainly had plenty of facts at his disposal to tout his record. But in typical Trumpian fashion he deployed numerous exaggerated or entirely fictional assertions in an effort to back his claim that the economy is “the best it has ever been” and is growing at an “unimaginable” pace.

Trump, who came to power decrying the “carnage” imposed on the U.S. economy by elites in both parties, sought to portray his administration as delivering a decisive break from President Obama’s — a dramatic turnaround that revived the country and justifies a second term. “If we had not reversed the failed economic policies of the previous administration,” Trump said, “the world would not now be witnessing this great economic success.”

But most economists say that while there is plenty for the president to crow about, the economy is largely following a path that was established during the initial recovery from the Great Recession.

As the Post’s Tory Newmyer put it, “many key economic indicators — GDP growth, the unemployment rate, the stock market — show gains in the Trump era have simply continued along their trajectories from the Obama years.”

While Trump’s questionable claims were wide-ranging and worthy of extensive review, here are a few that touched on fiscal matters, along with brief fact checks:

1. Claiming the biggest tax cuts in history. “From the instant I took office, I moved rapidly to revive the U.S. economy … enacting historic and record-setting tax cuts,” Trump said Tuesday. The president has been exaggerating the size of the 2017 tax cuts for years, but the passage of time hasn’t made the claim any truer.

Here are The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo and Sarah Cahlan: “Trump constantly claims he passed the biggest tax cut in U.S. history, but that’s Four-Pinocchios false. The best way to compare tax cuts (or spending plans) over time is to measure them as a percentage of the national economy. The Trump tax cut, according to Treasury Department data, is nearly 0.9 percent of GDP — compared with 2.89 percent of GDP for Ronald Reagan’s 1981 tax cut, the actual largest tax cut. When measured as a share of the U.S. economy, Trump’s tax cut is the eighth-largest in the past century.”

2. Claiming to protect people with pre-existing conditions. “We will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions,” Trump said Tuesday, and not for the first time. But his administration has taken steps that would do the opposite, including ongoing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which first established consumer protections for pre-existing conditions during the Obama administration.

Bloomberg’s Max Nisen: “The reality is, [Trump] came close to replacing the Affordable Care Act in 2017 with policies that would have gutted consumer safeguards for sick people and cut coverage for millions. The president continues to support a lawsuit that could eliminate the ACA, this time without even bothering to say how he’d replace it.”

3. Claiming unprecedented success for Opportunity Zones. Trump touted the Opportunity Zones program, which was created as part of the 2017 GOP tax reform and provides tax breaks for investors in about 9,000 low-income areas. “This is the first time that these deserving communities have seen anything like this,” he said. “It’s all working.”

But The Wall Street Journal’s Richard Rubin says it’s too early to reach any conclusions about the program: “Local governments and investors across the country have been excitedly touting opportunity zones and trying to encourage development. But it’s far from clear yet how well the program is working. There isn’t any official data on how much money is being invested or how much would have been invested without the incentive, and the law doesn’t require detailed disclosures.”

4. Claiming that drug prices are falling. Repeating a talking point the White House has been using for months, Trump said, “I was pleased to announce last year that, for the first time in 51 years, the cost of prescription drugs actually went down.”

Kaiser Health News’ Shefali Luthra says the claim is based on data that provide a misleading picture of what’s going on with drug prices: “We’ve examined this claim twice before, rating it Mostly False. But prescription drug prices are a major voter concern. So we wanted to take another look, in case things had changed. Experts told us the data remains essentially unchanged. Drug prices are still not going down.”

5. Claiming to protect Medicare and Social Security. Trump ran for office in 2016 promising to not cut popular entitlement programs, and he repeated that claim Tuesday: “We will always protect your Medicare and your Social Security.” But Trump recently said he would be open to entitlement cuts if he were to win a second term. Asked if entitlement reform would be on his agenda, Trump said that “[a]t some point they will be.”

More broadly, Trump’s budget requests have proposed substantial cuts to entitlement programs. His 2019 budget, for example, outlined $554 billion in Medicare cuts and up to $250 billion in Medicaid cuts over 10 years. And his 2020 budget called for more than $3 billion in cuts to the Social Security Disability Insurance program over four years.

“Not only has President Trump failed to strengthen Medicare and Social Security, but the financial outlook for both trusts has not improved or worsened, Linda Qiu says at The New York Times. “That is at least partly the result of Mr. Trump’s tax law, which has left the Treasury Department to collect fewer taxes from Americans and, in turn, invest less money into each program. Last April, the government projected that Medicare funds would be depleted by 2026, three years earlier than estimated in 2017. The report noted that less money will flow into the fund because of low wages and lower taxes.”

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