Share U.S. Republicans Tax Policy Social Security Medicare Senate Democrats are warning constituents that the newly passed Republican tax overhaul could lead to significant cuts to Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs. President Donald Trump said last week that entitlement cuts will, “take place right after taxes, very soon, very shortly after taxes" despite promising on the campaign trail that he would not touch entitlement programs. “I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican, and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” he said as a candidate. Key Democrats are already campaigning against the potential cuts. “[The Republican] dream has been to undo those programs, give massive tax breaks to those who don't need them, and take us back to the 1920s," said Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at a rally on Sunday. Democratic Oregon Senator Ron Wyden agrees. “Republicans are already saying 'entitlement reform' and 'welfare reform' are next up on the docket. But nobody should be fooled—that’s just code for attacks on Medicaid, on Medicare, on Social Security, on anti-hunger programs," he said. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now Republicans may be planning cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Reuters During a Missouri speech that focused mostly on tax reform, Trump said: “I know people that work three jobs and they live next to somebody who doesn't work at all,” he said. “And the person who is not working at all and has no intention of working at all is making more money and doing better than the person that's working his and her ass off. And it's not going to happen.” Trump was presumably referring to welfare abusers, not Americans who had inherited their wealth.  The argument that some abuse the system isn’t new. President Ronald Reagan used it when he talked about “Welfare Queens” driving Cadillacs in 1976. Reagan went on to advocate for a bill that reduced entitlement spending to pay for tax cuts. “Government budgets benefit directly from the reduction in welfare subsidies, Social Security outlays and unemployment benefits, yada, yada, yada — all due to the tax cuts,” wrote Arthur Laffer, a