CONCORD, N.H. – Today in New Hampshire during a forum, John Kasich told an audience member concerned about lower Social Security benefits that “you’d get over it.”
But that’s not the first time Kasich has threatened our Granite State Seniors. Just a couple of months ago here in the Granite State, Kasich said that “Baby Boomers are going to have to give some” on Social Security.
“No, Mr. Kasich, we won’t “get over it.” It is very obvious that you have NO IDEA how most Americans live and how close to poverty many, many, many seniors are. With no COLA for next year, it will get worse. After your stint at Lehman Bros., you really shouldn’t be talking economic policy at all,” said Lucy Edwards, President of the NH Alliance for Retired Americans.
Thousands of Granite Stater rely on their Social Security just to keep food on their tables and heating oil in their tanks. Threatening to take away any part of Social Security is absolutely wrong.
Social Security is an earned benefit that hard working Americans pay into every time they get a paycheck.
“Once again, Kasich continues to beat the drum on downgrading benefits for hard-working Granite Staters, some of whom are close to retirement,” said New Hampshire Democratic Chair Ray Buckley. “Not only does he want to take away the benefits from those that earned them, today he even dismissed a Granite Stater who had a legitimate problem with that plan. You don’t earn support from Granite Staters by dismissing their concerns at a forum where they are encouraged to speak their minds or threatening to take away the benefits they’ve worked for their entire lives.”