Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The outrage is justified ~ Phil Donahue #socialsecurity

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In a country that keeps spending most of its federal discretionary budget on the military, it strikes me as obscene that we would be cutting benefits for the most vulnerable in our society, the aged, and the sick.

Please forward this RootsAction alert widely, and send the unambiguous message of "No Social Security or Medicare Cuts" to your member of Congress and senators, if you haven’t already.

With thanks,
Phil Donahue

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The outrage is justified. President Obama wants to cut Social Security benefits. And Medicare benefits.

Signing a petition is not enough. Send a clear message: Any member of Congress who votes to cut Social Security or Medicare benefits does not deserve to be re-elected.

While billions go to military spending every day, Democratic leaders are now pushing to cut the basic, precious safety net that protects vast numbers of Americans.

You can instantly email your member of Congress and senators. Click here to send a message loud and clear: Fully defend Social Security and Medicare or I will oppose your re-election next year.

Switching to a chained-CPI calculation for Social Security cost of living adjustments "would immediately begin to cut benefits and would continue to do so year after year," economist Dean Baker points out.

We've got to be absolutely clear with members of Congress. Voting for such a change would be an unforgivable assault on Social Security. As Baker explains: "For an average worker retiring at the age of 65, this would amount to a cut of $650 a year by age 75. At age 85, this would be a cut of $1,130 a year."

Send an unambiguous message to your representative and senators: If you vote to cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, I will oppose your re-election.

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Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research, April 5, 2013: "The Chained CPI: a Cut to Social Security Benefits"
Robert Naiman, Truthout, April 9, 2013: "Cut Social Security and Veterans' Benefits? Cut the Pentagon Instead
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