biden on social insecurity

Biden didn't have any obvious senior moments in his debate with Sanders last night -- he was a slick, practiced liar* and some viewers may consider that presidential.
Sanders attempted to point out that Biden favors cuts to Social Security, which Biden denied several times. Sanders told viewers, "go to YouTube" to see Biden's true position.
Naked Capitalism commenter John went to YouTube, and here are some links:

Joe Biden Brags About Wanting To Cut Social Security

Joe Biden: “Let’s cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, & Veterans’ Benefits!”

Joe Biden Talks About Cutting Social Security And Medicare. Update: This clip has since been deleted so here's another, from the Young Turks on December 2018. Cenk Uygur says he likes Biden (yuck) but not enough to vote for him -- this is before Biden became the presumptive candidate to go against Trump. Curious if Cenk changes his tune and gets behind Joe in the general. Biden is super creepy in these clips, whispering "social security" like it's some taboo thing, and saying it "can stay but needs adjustments" (that is, cuts or changes to the retirement age). Biden shares with many conservatives the belief that the US can't "afford" social benefits but can "afford" a huge military.

*Update 2: See Nina Illingworth's catalog of these falsehoods.

public service message

One of Pres Trump's solutions to the pandemic is to cut so-called payroll taxes. This sounds great but he's deliberately confusing those taxes, which fund Social Security and Medicare, with regular income tax, which funds, among other things, elective wars and presidential salaries. He's taking advantage of a crisis to accomplish right-wing goals of cutting popular social programs. A letter to Congress from Social Security Works explains the scam [PDF].

it was the app

This NBC news story reads like a thriller: Why were the police asking about this man's whereabouts? "I was hit with a really deep fear," the man says. Alert readers have solved the mystery immediately: "exercise app." This hapless soul trusts Silicon Valley [SV] enough to have a phone and load it up with typical, privacy-invading apps and then wonders why he got caught in a police cyber-dragnet -- in this case, a flurry of inquiries to SV about anyone with an app who had been tracked in the vicinity of a burgled home. The article assumes readers have the ability to be shocked when most of them are similarly equipped and don't care as long as they aren't the ones in the crosshairs. Perhaps the writer wants to spur (a) less chumminess between SV and law enforcement (ha!), (b) legislation to stop this kind of cooperation (ha! ha!), or (c) consumer abandonment of smartphones, GPS, and apps (ha! ha! ha!). In the future expect articles like this to read: "When SV contacted Joseph Blow requesting information about his whereabouts on March 2, he was filled with a sudden rush of pleasure to be a citizen helping the authorities to catch bad guys."