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Joe Lieberman Says U.S. Should Cut Social Security To Pay For Fighting ‘The Islamist Extremists’

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By Zaid Jilani on Aug 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm

This past April, right-wing war hawk John Bolton suggested during an interview on Fox News that the United States should cut Social Security and Medicare to finance the defense budget.

During debate over the debt deal today on the Senate floor, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) appeared to endorse this call. Lieberman explained that he is working with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on a Social Security spending reduction plan and that “we can’t protect these entitlements and also have the national defense…to protect us…with Islamist extremists”:

LIEBERMAN: I want to indicate today to my colleagues that Senator Coburn and I are working again on a bipartisan proposal to secure Social Security over the long term, we hope to have that done in time. To also forward to the special committee for their consideration. So, bottom line, we can’t protect these entitlements and also have the national defense we need to protect us in a dangerous world while we’re at war with Islamist extremists who attacked us on 9/11 and will be for a long time to come.

Watch it:

As ThinkProgress’s Ben Armbruster notes, the Bolton-Lieberman plan is “is basically a reverse Robin Hood scheme: robbing the poor to pay the rich, or really, the Military Industrial Complex on steroids.” As Ambruster points out, a “recent Reuters poll found that Americans would rather cut defense spending than raid social services in order to solve the debt and deficit problems.” Americans do not appear to have the priorities of these two war hawks.
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  1. I am not a Tea Partier, but agree with them that government should be downsized to provide protection for the American people, which includes fighting Islamic terrorism on our terms and in the place of our choosing, and protecting our southern border against unwanted immigrants. It should also provide the infrastructure to allow commerce, and then should get out of the way.

    The Constitution does not require the federal government to assist in the financing of higher education, provide heating assistance, or help people pay mortgages that they should not have been given.

    America has become a land of “gimme” and it is time for people to realize that you have to give before you can get. A national sales tax will increase the number of givers. Then, these people who now pay nothing and demand everything will have a legitimate say in what the government does.

  2. that’s not ‘entitlements’, that’s my money you take from my paycheck every 15 days, you crook. either leave it there or let me keep it, but don’t plan to use my retirement money to finance your next invasion.

  3. DISCLAIMER: (next 7 verses) i’m a weak reader and so as i’ve begun reading the koran 7 verses at a time, it hepls me to cut and paste them after i’ve read them because i then re-read them on this post. they may have absolutely nothing to do with this article. i welcome any input as to historical context or to whom some of the pronouns are refering.
    http://quod.lib.umich.edu/k/koran/browse.html

    [2.37] Then Adam received (some) words from his Lord, so He turned to him mercifully; surely He is Oft-returning (to mercy), the Merciful.
    [2.38] We said: Go forth from this (state) all; so surely there will come to you a guidance from Me, then whoever follows My guidance, no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve.
    [2.39] And (as to) those who disbelieve in and reject My communications, they are the inmates of the fire, in it they shall abide.
    [2.40] O children of Israel! call to mind My favor which I bestowed on you and be faithful to (your) covenant with Me, I will fulfill (My) covenant with you; and of Me, Me alone, should you be afraid.
    [2.41] And believe in what I have revealed, verifying that which is with you, and be not the first to deny it, neither take a mean price in exchange for My communications; and Me, Me alone should you fear.
    [2.42] And do not mix up the truth with the falsehood, nor hide the truth while you know (it).
    [2.43] And keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate and bow down with those who bow down

  4. We should demand that, if we are going to stave grandma and grandpa, is the rational arguments for the “problems with Islamist extremists?”

    The truth, people, is that the biggest threat of domestic terrorism in the US comes from the radical right, not “Islamists.” According to the Southern Poverty Law Center. http://tinyurl.com/3wxfeeb

    Second, so-called “Islamist terrorism” in Europe has been on the wain for several years now, according to Europol.

    It is silly to state that we must starve old people over the near non-existent problem of “Islamist terrorism.” We do need to double -down efforts to combat radical right terrorism and divert resources and manpower to radical right terrorism.

  5. first it was video games like night trap and mortal kombat he was crazy about even though there were tons of movies that were way more violent and crass then those two, and now islam I guess pam geller will sleep better knowing the money that was supposed to help struggling families get thourgh ends meet be used to make sure neighborhood muslims who probably helped there neighbors and invited them over for dinner aren’t terrorists.(and for those who dont know what night trap is here is some of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUinUNuM3xk)

  6. sorry about that, not even close to where we are at, dropped a 2 in there

    DISCLAIMER: (next 7 verses) i’m a weak reader and so as i’ve begun reading the koran 7 verses at a time, it hepls me to cut and paste them after i’ve read them because i then re-read them on this post. they may have absolutely nothing to do with this article. i welcome any input as to historical context or to whom some of the pronouns are refering.
    http://quod.lib.umich.edu/k/koran/browse.html

    [2.237] And if you divorce them before you have touched them and you have appointed for them a portion, then (pay to them) ha!f of what you have appointed, unless they relinquish or he should relinquish in whose hand is the marriage tie; and it is nearer to righteousness that you should relinquish; and do not neglect the giving of free gifts between you; surely Allah sees what you do.
    [2.238] Attend constantly to prayers and to the middle prayer and stand up truly obedient to Allah.
    [2.239] But if you are in danger, then (say your prayers) on foot or on horseback; and when you are secure, then remember Allah, as. He has taught you what you did not know.
    [2.240] And those of you who die and leave wives behind, (make) a bequest in favor of their wives of maintenance for a year without turning (them) out, then if they themselves go away, there is no blame on you for what they do of lawful deeds by themselves, and Allah is Mighty, Wise.
    [2.241] And for the divorced women (too) provision (must be made) according to usage; (this is) a duty on those who guard (against evil).
    [2.242] Allah thus makes clear to you His communications that you may understand.
    [2.243] Have you not considered those who went forth from their homes, for fear of death, and they were thousands, then Allah said to them, Die; again He gave them life; most surely Allah is Gracious to people, but most people are not grateful.

  7. Hey if you kill all those that need social security maybe you can fund all the wars you want.

  8. lieberman is insane, we need to cut defense spending and eliminate social security to pay down the debt. at the very least people should be able to opt out of social security.

    eslaporte,

    your points are totally irrelevant. “The truth, people, is that the biggest threat of domestic terrorism in the US comes from the radical right, not “Islamists.” According to the Southern Poverty Law Center. http://tinyurl.com/3wxfeeb.” who’s talking about “domestic” terrorism. did someone send out a memo saying to always talk about domestic terrorism. lieberman says, “dangerous world while we’re at war with Islamist extremists who attacked us on 9/11 and will be for a long time to come.” i would assume he’s talking about wars in iraq and afghanistan.

    http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wanted_terrorists

    Second, so-called “Islamist terrorism” in Europe has been on the wain for several years now, according to Europol. and who mentioned europe. i hope our tax dollars aren’t being spent to fight european terrorist. let the europeans pay for it. obviously there is some intelligence sharing but how much can that cost.

  9. Man am I glad we did not elect him president.

  10. […] month Liberman argued that we should cut social security to pay for fighting Islamic extremists. This month he is arguing that Obama is afraid to offend Muslims. He is making no sense these days […]

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