Doug LaMalfa votes to cut Social Security

President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on Aug. 14, 1935. There were critics, and some called it socialism.

As time passed, Americans paid into and came to rely on the system to be there for them when they reached retirement age. According to Social Security Works, more than 66 million (1 in 5), depend on it. It lifts more than 22 million (including 1 million children) out of poverty.

Quite efficient, administrative costs are less than a penny on the dollar. No program is perfect, but it has stood the test of time. So, what could go wrong?

Days after (former President Donald) Trump called for cuts to the program in a CNBC interview on March 11, 80 percent of House Republicans (the party that touts family values) released their plan to slash Social Security benefits by $1.5 trillion and privatize Medicare. It calls for raising the retirement age to 69 and cutting disability benefits. It cuts Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and the Children’s Insurance Program by $4.5 trillion over 10 years.

It also takes away Medicare’s new power to negotiate lower prescription drug prices thereby raising costs to seniors. It also includes $5.5 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations (many of which are Republican donors).

Our representative, Doug LaMalfa voted for this plan. On his website, he brags about reducing spending, but fails to mention cuts to Social Security. According to the Environmental Working Group, he and his family have received more than $5.5 million in federal farm subsidy handouts and other agricultural payments since 1995, (more than any other member of Congress).

As of 2018, his net worth was $3.5 million. Members of Congress receive an annual base pay of $174,000. In summary, he rakes in millions in subsidies, takes away our benefits and we pay his wage.

LaMalfa is up for re-election Nov. 5. He needs to go.

Betty Mello, Marysville, California