Congressman Bruce Braley, the presumptive Democrat U.S. Senate nominee in 2014, told reporters on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press program that he believes entitlement reform is immoral.
A reporter asked Braley if he supported President Obama’s budget proposal that included cuts to Social Security benefits and to Medicare. Braley responded by saying, “I think that a budget is a moral document, and I think it is immoral to say that we’re going to balance the budget by reducing payments to seniors for Social Security and to people with disabilities.”
Braley went on to say that there are “many other ways you can strengthen and preserve those programs without balancing it on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens.” Braley had little to offer when it came to the nation’s out of control spending problem and out of control national debt, but he did share one idea – a tax increase.
“The committee in the House that should be doing that is the Ways and Means Committee, and last I checked, they haven’t marked up a single bill dealing with Social Security and Medicare changes,” Braley told reporters.
So there you have it.
Despite the fact that federal entitlements are driving the government’s massive growth in spending, Braley turns a blind eye and would rather raise taxes on hard working Iowans to prop up existing spending. The Heritage Foundation noted that entitlement spending has increased from being less than half of total federal outlays just 20 years ago to nearly 62 percent in 2012. Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are growing faster than inflation, and that doesn’t even take into account the new spending that comes with the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Braley doesn’t believe that the federal government just needs to print more money to meet its commitment either. Instead, Braley believes that Iowans should pay more taxes to the federal government so that he can continue to spend money the federal government currently doesn’t have.
Taking more money from hard working Iowans is what’s immoral, especially when Democrats like Congressman Bruce Braley refuse to take any steps to balance the budget and reduce the national debt.
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