Fact Check: Did Trump Really Vow To 'Terminate' Social Security?

Source: The Western Journal - View Original Article
Published: Aug 20, 2020
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82% Conservative


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This article includes the following sentiments, providing an average bias score of 82% Conservative:

  • 7 positive sentiments and 2 negative sentiments for Social Security Privatization.


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Social Security Privatization

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98% "USA Today rejected the contention of Social Security Works.""
87% "She told USA Today that the Social Security trust fund has a $2.9 trillion surplus, enough to last three years without any new tax ..."
80% "Yet Donald Trump says he will 'terminate' Social Security if reelected.""
78% "However, Linda Benesch, a spokeswoman for Social Security Works, said cutting the tax means cutting benefits.""
68% "Social Security Works has tweeted its support of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Zach Parkinson, deputy communications director for the Trump campaign, said connecting a ..."
53% "If I'm victorious on November 3rd, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax.""
51% "He supports transferring money from the government's general coffers, protecting the program's Trust Fund.""
-54% "Later in his speech, Trump said, I'll extend it beyond the end of the year and terminate the tax.""
-58% "Millions of seniors and people with disabilities struggle to make ends meet.""
-75% "That's a disastrous plan, the group said in a recent Facebook post.""

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

98% : " "President Trump has been clear: A payroll tax cut will have 'zero impact' on Social Security benefits or the seniors that rely on the program," Parkinson told USA Today. "
98% : USA Today rejected the contention of Social Security Works.
96% : Claims from a group backed by the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations that President Donald Trump wants to "terminate" Social Security have been rejected by USA Today.
93% : Trump recently signed an order offering temporary relief from the payroll tax that funds Social Security, and he has repeatedly said he'd terminate the tax entirely if he's reelected," USA Today wrote. "But ending the tax that pays for Social Security and ending the Social Security program itself are not the same," the newspaper concluded.
89% : The claims, made by Social Security Works, a nonprofit partially funded by liberal billionaire Soros and focused on expanding Social Security and improving Medicare, was based on comments Trump made recently that temporary payroll tax cuts he made through an executive order will become permanent
89% : Garrett Watson, a senior policy analyst at the Tax Foundation, a tax policy nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., said wiping out the tax is not the same as eliminating Social Security, according to USA Today, which investigated the allegation in its fact-checking column.
87% : She told USA Today that the Social Security trust fund has a $2.9 trillion surplus, enough to last three years without any new tax revenue.
85% : So I'm going to make them all permanent."
85% : But Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works, acknowledged that steps Trump has taken so far "aren't going to end Social Security.
84% : "Based on our research, the claim that Trump said he will "terminate" Social Security if he is reelected is PARTLY FALSE.
81% : Social Security Works seized upon the word "terminate" and used it to attack Trump.
80% : Yet Donald Trump says he will 'terminate' Social Security if reelected.
78% : However, Linda Benesch, a spokeswoman for Social Security Works, said cutting the tax means cutting benefits.
76% : if he is re-elected. Trump signed an executive order that temporarily stops employers from taking the money that funds Social Security and Medicare out of employees' paychecks.
76% : "Nearly 90 percent of Social Security's funding comes from payroll contributions, and if Trump terminated payroll contributions, the other funding sources would be insufficient," Benesch said in an email to USA Today.
68% : Social Security Works has tweeted its support of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Zach Parkinson, deputy communications director for the Trump campaign, said connecting a tax cut with Social Security benefits is "misinformation.
64% : "This will mean bigger paychecks for working families, as we race to produce a vaccine and eradicate the China virus once and for all," Trump said, according to a White House transcript.
53% : "If I'm victorious on November 3rd, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax.
51% : He supports transferring money from the government's general coffers, protecting the program's Trust Fund."
46% : Later in his speech, Trump said, "I'll extend it beyond the end of the year and terminate the tax."
45% : "By law, Social Security is forbidden from paying benefits if there is not sufficient revenue to cover the cost."
42% : "Millions of seniors and people with disabilities struggle to make ends meet.
41% : "Strictly speaking, Social Security could be funded using general fund revenue or alternative revenue source, so terminating a tax and terminating a program are distinct things," Watson wrote in an email to the news outlet.
25% : That's a disastrous plan," the group said in a recent Facebook post.

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