lucius_gantt_1.jpgWhether you are given a lethal injection, shot by a firing squad, hanged by your neck, drowned, impaled, crucified, pushed off a very high cliff or cut with a very sharp knife, it doesn’t matter. You are still dead.

If you are living off Social Security that you paid for with deductions from every paycheck that you earned and your healthcare program is Medicare, also paid for by you, and those programs are cut, you may die from the political knife, too.

If President Barack Obama insists on cutting Medicare and Social Security programs to please rich people by limiting the amount of taxes wealthy Americans would be asked to pay, the president – and every Democrat who supports his economic proposals – will be attacked by the right and the left, attacked by liberals and conservatives and attacked by both rich and poor United States citizens.

The Republican right will say the president’s proposals constitute an attack on senior citizens and the Democratic left will say that Obama is trying to help his rich friends and campaign contributors at the expense of the elderly, the poor, the disabled and the needy.

No one will declare that their vote for Barack Obama was a vote for him to limit tax increases for the richest Americans by cutting every social service program he can.

Those of you who believe the president can do no wrong perhaps have eyes but still can’t see.

Social Security and Medicare help but even if you combine all of the benefits of both programs, the total will still not be enough for recipients to live a quality lifestyle.

Yes, the people who love Democrats the most and vote for Democrats every time they step into a voting booth are probably poor and many of the Democratic politicians’ biggest supporters are elderly senior citizens.

Believe this. Many people with full Social Security benefits still live below the poverty level, many people on Social Security are still eligible for food stamps, many people on Social Security are still eligible for Lifeline or discount telephone service and many people living on Social Security are eligible to receive food from local food banks.

If Democratic politicians think cutting those two programs is good for people being helped by them, I’d like to see them live one month – just one month – on the money given to citizens eligible for Social Security benefits.

If the Democrats dreamed about living on Social Security and Medicare benefits, they would wake up screaming like they just had their worst nightmare.

Cuts in social services won’t just hurt Americans who get those benefits; many people will die if Medicare and Social Security are dismantled to please wealthy campaign contributors.

Democrats who hurt the poor in order to please the rich are not Democratic friends, benefactors, supporters or saviors of America’s poor and elderly.

If you cut Medicare and Social Security, it will have deadly consequences.

Lucius Gantt, a political consultant based in Tallahassee, is author of the book Beast Too: Dead Man Writing which is available at You can like The Gantt Report page on Facebook and contact Gantt at