Donald Trump on Retirement

Trumps says no to Social Security Cuts

Donald Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization, pledged not to cut Social Security benefits if he became president.

“I’m not going to be cutting Social Security and I will tell you I appreciated what Ed Schultz said. He happens to be right,”

Trump, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Schultz, an MSNBC host, recently praised Trump for his business experience and his stance on entitlement programs.

“He’s created more jobs than any of them, than all of the candidates put together. He’s done more deals, he’s signed more contracts, he has the business experience, he’s the guy who’s taking the risk,” Schultz said. “He’s the guy who has been successful. I mean, Trump’s business experience, compared to the rest of the Republican field, is unparalleled, so why don’t they listen to him?”

I woke up in the middle of the night last night and reached for Google news on my iPad.  Exactly what is Trump’s take on Retirement and Social Security?  I decided to watch as many interviews of Trump as I could find. Earplug in my ears and my wife soundly asleep by my side, I listened, and learned, and made an opinion. I couldn’t disagree with anything Trump said. Nothing. I finally put the iPad down after about 45 minutes and tried to go back to sleep.

But I couldn’t get over that fact that I wound up liking what Trump has to say, or liking this man. Yes he has an ego so big that Anderson Cooper was left fumbling trying to get around it. But he could’t. Trump showed up without any “team”, he had nothing prepared, and in at least some ways he reminded me of Ross Perot’s run at the presidency.
I love the fact that he doesn’t care what other think, he is unapologetic, and he has no PC switch to turn on during an interview. There re no off limit topics and no one is immune from his barbs.

As to his take on Social Security?

“You can get rid of the waste and the abuse, and you get rid of that and you have to keep it,” Trump said. “People have paid in for many, many years and it’s very unfair to cut them, so I’m very strong. We’ll take the money back from China and everybody else.”

Retirees count on social security for  their retirement, sure, but more importantly, it’s their money.


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