Rep. Jackson Lee: “Who wants to make a fuss about Social Security & Medicare When They're solvent?”


Home » Rep. Jackson Lee: “Who wants to make a fuss about Social Security & Medicare When They’re solvent?”

I admit that I am biased in writing this. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) has to be one of the most ridiculous representatives of the people of Texas I’ve ever seen. Last week, she once against demonstrated just how ridiculous she is referenced both Social Security and Medicare as “solvent” and wondered what all the fuss was about.

According to the Social Security’s trustees, the federal program has been operating in the red for the past two years. How’s that for solvent Rep. Jackson Lee?

She said on the House floor that the Republicans have a “frivolous perspective” on the fiscal perspective.

“So rather than take, if you will, a frivolous perspective on this, rather than tell people that you can’t do anything before 2013, rather than suggest that entitlements are laid upon the table, on the altar as a sacrifice, just tell the American people the truth,” she said. “Let’s just tell them the truth.”

“Entitlements is not the issue,” Jackson Lee continued. “And if so, cool heads can sit down and engage the American people and tell us how many seniors in nursing homes do we want to throw out in the street? What options do they have?

“Maybe we can begin to talk about home care,” the Texas representative said. “That’s okay, but you don’t talk about home care overnight.

“So, you have to be deliberative,” she continued. “And then who wants to make a fuss about Medicare when it’s solvent until 2024? Again, abusing the information given to the American people.”

Rep. Jackson-Lee said, “Who wants to make a fuss about Social Security when it’s solvent, and it’s about, You earned it?”

She went on to ask, “And then who wants to make a fuss about Medicare when it’s solvent until 2024?”

According to an April 2012 report from the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees the program ran deficits for 2010 and 2011 and that the federal government needed to borrow more money, which would increase the national debt.

“Social Security’s expenditures exceeded non-interest income in 2010 and 2011, the first such occurrences since 1983, and the Trustees estimate that these expenditures will remain greater than non-interest income throughout the 75-year projection period,” the report said. “Redemption of trust fund assets from the General Fund of the Treasury will provide the resources needed to offset the annual cash-flow deficits.”

Sheila Jackson-Lee continues to demonstrate why she should never hold office, nor should anyone that thinks like her. She doesn’t know what solvency is and therefore is incapable of understanding the issue in order to correct it. The people of her district should really be ashamed of themselves for electing such a person to represent them.

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