A how-to manual

For betraying seniors and people with disabilities!

Lesson Number One: Don’t even think about telling the truth. Fact is, the chained-CPI cut you want to push past the American public is a benefit cut, and a pretty big one at that, about $112 billion right out of the pockets of Social Security beneficiaries over the next ten years. It’s hardest on persons most dependent on Social Security’s modest benefits, averaging just $13,600 . It would lower the COLA gradually but inexorably, year after year — a cumulative loss over 30 years of $28,000 for a 65 year old retiree who lives to 95 and receives an average Social Security benefit, or a 30 year old disabled war veteran who reaches age 60. That’s a lot of money and we strongly urge cautious politicians to steer clear of these facts. Certainly, don’t tell them that your vote implies that their current benefits are higher than you think they should be getting. And don’t acknowledge what a cruel cut it is – hurting the most the oldest of the old, those disabled at the youngest ages, and the poorest of the poor.

Call your senator

Via Greg Sargent: “A senior Senate Dem aide tells me that Reid is not prepared to accept the emerging deal yet; he wants to talk to his caucus about it first.”
So, seems like calls to the Senate right now might be useful…

Easy-Bake Oven

We’ve had a lot of bad news lately, but this made me smile. The young girl who started a campaign to get a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven for her brother was successful! Personally, I was one of those kids who couldn’t stand “girly” toys, so I’m sure they’re going to sell more of the new model to girls, too:

Hasbro says it will soon reveal a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven after meeting with a New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling on the toy maker to make one that appeals to all kids.

McKenna Pope, 13, of Garfield, N.J., got more than 40,000 signatures on her online petition at Change.org and the support of celebrity chefs including Bobby Flay, who backed her call for Hasbro to make a gender-neutral oven and to include boys in the ads.

She was prompted to start the petition after shopping for an Easy-Bake as a Christmas present for her 4-year-old brother, Gavyn Boscio, and finding them only in purple and pink.

Hasbro invited McKenna and her family to its Pawtucket, R.I., headquarters to meet with its Easy-Bake team, and on Monday, they drove to Rhode Island from New Jersey. During the meeting, Hasbro executives showed off a prototype of their newest Easy-Bake: one that’s black, silver and blue.

Hasbro has been working on the new color scheme and design for about 18 months, and decided to invite McKenna to see it and offer her thoughts, said John Frascotti, Hasbro’s chief marketing officer.

McKenna said the company is doing everything she asked, including putting boys in the ads.

“I think that they really met most or even all of what I wanted them to do, and they really amazed me,” she said, adding that Gavyn thought the new design was “awesome.”

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