(FreedomWire.org) – During his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Biden claimed that Republicans wanted to “sunset” Social Security and Medicare.
Then on Wednesday he doubled down on his debunked claims that Republicans want to “sunset” Social Security and Medicare using printed copies of proposals from GOP lawmakers to make his point at speech in Wisconsin.
During his speech, Biden acknowledged the “spirited debate” he had with House Republicans during the State of the Union address Tuesday night — when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and others booed and shouted that he was a “liar” for claiming Republicans want to cut Social Security and Medicare entitlements.
“They seem shocked when I raised the plans of some of their members in their caucus to cut Social Security. And Marjorie Taylor Greene and others stood up and said, ‘liar, liar’ … reminds me of ‘liar, liar, house on fire,'” Biden said.
Refusing to back down, the president pulled out a brochure with the 12-point plan to “Rescue America” put forward by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., which Biden and Democrats have asserted lays out a proposal that would cause Social Security and Medicare programs to end without Congressional action.
“He says, ‘All federal legislation sunsets every five years. If the law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again,’” Biden read.
Then the president read a placard with a 2022 quote from Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, in which the Republican lawmaker called for Social Security and Medicare entitlements to be transitioned from mandatory to discretionary spending, which would require Congress to budget for those programs annually.
Biden also referenced a video of Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaking at a campaign event in 2010 — more than a decade ago — in which Lee said his objective as a member of Congress would be “to phase out Social Security, to pull it up from the roots and get rid of it.”
“Sounds pretty clear to me. How about you?” Biden told his audience. “But they sure didn’t like me calling them on it. Look, a lot of Republicans, their dream is to cut Social Security. Well, let me just say this: It’s your dream, but I’m going to — my veto pen, make it a nightmare.”
Republicans have accused Biden of lying about their position on Social Security and Medicare. Scott’s proposal was rejected by Senate Republicans, and he has said his ideas was “aimed at dealing with ALL the crazy new laws our Congress has been passing of late.” In a press release, Scott called Biden a liar.
Lee, who also accused Biden of lying Tuesday night, previously addressed the 2010 video when it resurfaced during his 2022 re-election campaign, telling Newsweek, “Throughout my first campaign and from the day I took office, I have been clear: we must honor our commitments to retirees. That has been reflected in every vote I’ve cast, every bill I’ve introduced, and every speech I’ve given regarding Social Security.”
As for Johnson, he has insisted that the only way to save Social Security and Medicare from insolvency is to reform those programs instead of permitting them to continue racking up debt.
After accusing Republicans of wanting to “sunset” Social Security and Medicare, a video emerged of Biden while he was still a senator for Delaware, he introduced legislation to sunset all federal programs, including Social Security and Medicare.
In 1975, while Biden was in the upper chamber of Congress, the now president put forward a bill requiring all federal programs to sunset after four years.
When pushing his bill as a senator, Biden said “it requires every program to be looked at freshly at least once every four years.”
“The examination is not just of the increased cost of the program, but of the worthiness of the entire program,” he said in 1975.
Biden doubled down on his legislation in the ’90s, saying on the Senate floor that his bill would affect Social Security.
“When I argued that we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security, as well,” Biden said. “I meant Medicare and Medicaid. I meant veterans’ benefits.”
“I meant every single solitary thing in the federal government,” he said. “And I not only tried it once, I tried it twice, I tried it a third time, and I tried it a fourth time.”