Action alert

Dave Johnson:

Cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security hurt PEOPLE. Raising tax rates on the wealthy is just money. They do not equate, do not trade them. Please join Monday’s big, national event and add your voice.

The “Lame Duck” — unelected — Congress is deep in negotiations over the ‘fiscal cliff.’ Republicans are holding us hostage again, Some lawmakers are pushing a deal that includes steep cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and more tax breaks for the richest 2%.

We voted to end tax cuts for the wealthy in November. We voted not to cut Medicare and Social Security for We, the People.

Monday, December 10th is International Human Rights Day, and all across the country, workers, seniors and supporters will be standing up for their rights at a series of vigils and actions to say NO to cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and NO to extending tax cuts for the richest 2%.

Working families across the country are coming together to tell their members of Congress:

– NO tax cuts for the richest 2% of Americans;

– NO benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

Find an event in your area.

Find a Fiscal Showdown event here.

3 Responses to Action alert

  1. jawbone December 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Gov. Howard Dean emailed me asking for a donation to help fight the Republicans’ attempts to cut Medicare.

    My reply:

    Dear Gov. Dean,

    Republicans are not the real threat to SocSec and Medicare.

    I am terribly worried about what Pres.Obama, who has spoken often of cuts and changes and tweaks and things which will impoverish seniors on SocSec and Medicare, and other DC Democratic politicians, who speak of the same things, as in changes to the cost of living formula which may mean 10% cuts or more further out and raising the age for Medicare (how stupid can they be? seriously???) will do to Medicare and to SocSec.

    What these Democrats will do to our earned benefits. All Baby Boomers, and all workers since then, were required by Tip O’Neill and St. Ronnie and a Democratic Congress to pay ahead, to pay more than required back in the 80’s, in order to prepare for the bulge of older Americans. We did this, willingly, for decades.

    Politicians took the money and gave the Uberwealthy tax cuts which resulted in a vast redistribution of wealth upward and a lowered standard of living for the middle class and below. Or put it toward unnecessary and possibly illegal wars….

    If we had true Democrats in the Oval Office and the Congress, this would not even be an issue.

    But Mr. Obama has not only made going after SocSec and Medicare an issue but an offering to the Republicans.

    I don’t know what to do about this party; I think we need a new one that gives a damn about the people in the lower economic quintiles. Those waaay below the Zero Dot One Percenters.

    I fear for coming generations if Obama, Blue Dog and/or Corporatist Dems cooperate with the Republicans to begin dismantling the great social safety nets FDR and LBJ built for us.

    We need a new party! ASAP!! OR..we need real Democrats.

    If Mr. Obama goes through with this, he WILL destroy the Democratic Party, Gov. Dean.

    xxx, a strong Democrat since I came of age and began to realize which party, then, represented my principles and ideals.

    How much longer can any liberal or progressive remain in the Democratic Corporatist Party?

    I will never vote for a national Democratic politician again if Obama does what he’s talked so long about doing to SocSec and Medicare. I didn’t agree with him in 2007, and I don’t agree with him now.

    And, at 66, I’m old enough to keep this promise.

  2. jawbone December 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Ten Numbers the Rich Would Rather Have Fudged — posted by Dakinikat at Sky Dancing.

    Some interesting numbers to give to your reps when you call them.

    Also mention that anyone working after the Tip O’Neill/St. Ronnie Grand Bargain has been paying more into FICA in order to prepare for the population boom of the Baby Boomers, and we’ve already had our SocSec cut if we couln’t make it to 67 to retire. We’ve done more than our share, so, think like a bank robber, go where the money is!!!

  3. ts December 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Action alert. I’m afraid it’s too late…unless you’ve got some pitchforks handy…

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