A War Tax Resistor and One of the Country’s Leading Advocates for Seniors Discuss Donald Trump’s Views on Military Spending and Social Security

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WMNF’s Radioactivity 2 21 17 Tuesday

Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Coming up today—President Trump wants to increase the military budget…. But what if you are religious and object to military spending and your money used for wars, and drones and instruments of killing? We’ll talk about that on the first part of today’s show. Later the President is vowing to protect Social Security and Medicare—but the President has contradicted himself so manty times- can he be trusted on the issues of Social Security and Medicare. We’ll talk about that later in the hour.

First up

Robert Crandall is a Christian pacifist. He became a pacifist in the late 1960’s during the Vietnam War. He’s been a youth minister—for a time working for the United Methodist Church. In 1984 his home was seized for non-payment of war taxes. He’s with a group called the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee and is a trained war tax counselor. He lives in Brunswick Georgia and he joins us on the phone.

You can find out more about the NWTRCC by calling their toll free number: 800 269-7464. http://www.nwtrcc.org

Our next guest is Max Richtman President/CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare
He’s a former staff director of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and 16-year veteran of Capitol Hill.

A new poll (http://www.ncpssm.org/Portals/0/pdf/voter-summary-22017.pdf) taken by the NCPSSM found that:
• 93% of Americans favor allowing Medicare to negotiate prices with drug manufacturers, including 91 percent of Republicans.
• 73% of Americans favor increasing Social Security benefits, including 63% of Republicans
• 74% of Americans favor gradually requiring employees and employers to pay the same Social Security taxes as everyone else, instead of just the first $127,000 per year, including 67% of Republicans.
• 65% of Americans oppose raising the eligibility age for Medicare, including 52% of Republican.

We’re going to talk about the future of Medicare and Social Security under the Trump presidency.

For more information you can call the NCPSSM at their toll free number: 800-966—1935. http://www.ncpssm.org