I am wondering if it may be tempting for President Trump, or the Democrat presidential candidates, or members of Congress to suggest temporarily reducing Social Security payments in order to help free up money to help fund an economic stimulus package(s) which is needed to bail out all the small businesses and the too-big-to-fail companies like Boeing.

If Trump/Biden/Sanders, or Nancy Pelosi, were to suggest this, would it mean political suicide for them, or would many young Americans be in favor of this even though supporting it may alienate them with the older generations of Americans?

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    Maybe younger turkeys would be in favour of Christmas. Is there any evidence that what you suggest would make any difference? – Michael Harvey Mar 18 at 18:49
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    @MichaelHarvey The younger turkeys are already being raised to not rely on social security. – user253751 Mar 18 at 18:51
  • Won't it be cruel to the people already on social security through no fault of their own (e.g. sick, disabled, etc?) – Michael Harvey Mar 18 at 18:53
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    So, who's going to recommend taking money out of the economy as an economic stimulus? – jeffronicus Mar 18 at 20:19
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    @user255577 Now that sounds like an excellent on-topic question! – Jeff Lambert Mar 18 at 20:45

Cutting Social Security checks is political suicide for any party or politician. Cutting it to give a bailout to companies like Boeing is doubly so. Many people that receive Social Security rely on it to survive themselves, so cutting it would cause damage to the economy while trying to help the economy. Those receiving Social Security are by far the most likely to vote and a very significant portion of the population, taking money from them isn't a very popular move for politicians looking to get re-elected.

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    Everyone is studiously ignoring the matter of whether robbing the poor to give money to the rich is "wrong". Is this what American political calculus has become? – Michael Harvey Mar 18 at 19:49
  • @ Ryathal, I agree with what you point out, yet I think that Trump could win over a lot of young voters, most of whom are Democrats, by using some of the money slated for older voters towards saving the jobs of the younger voters. – user255577 Mar 18 at 20:37
  • @ Michael Harvey, since most of the 'boomer' Americans are now retired and are financial better off than young Americans struggling to pay off their college loans, it is more of a matter of robbing the rich to give money to the poor. – user255577 Mar 18 at 20:40
  • Why is it assumed that social security money goes unfairly to 'boomers'? – Michael Harvey Mar 18 at 20:44
  • They've paid in, why shouldn't they get what they are legally entitled to? – Michael Harvey Mar 18 at 20:53

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