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Sue H (7)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:29 am

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:41 am
Sue, hope you're able to watch, sadly, I cannot see the video.

Ben O (156)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:51 am
Already signed...

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:59 am
We all have, Ben. ;) they are just using their petition website to provide the livestream video of the signatures delivery- for those who can watch.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 10:08 am
Streamed live on Apr 9, 2013
Organizations Representing Tens of Millions of Americans to Deliver Over 2 Million Petition Signatures Directly to the White House Rejecting Cuts to Social Security Benefits

Will Be Joined By U.S. Senator Who Vows to Block Benefit Cuts

Coalition Includes, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, CREDO, National Organization for Women, Social Security Works, Alliance for Retired Americans, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Democracy For America, Non Commissioned Officers Association, Campaign for America's Future, VetsFirst, a program of United Spinal Association, The Other 98%, Progressives United, Blue America, Rebuild the Dream, and Others

(Washington, DC) -- A United States senator will join organizations representing tens of millions of Americans to deliver more than one million petition signatures opposing cuts to Social Security benefits to the White House on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

*Watch Livestream here:

It would be over by now anyway, still too bad so many overseas were excluded from watching this video-
thank you ScrewTube! (maybe due to some unlicensed musical content)

JL A (281)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:14 pm
One major point for all to know--it was over 2 million signatures they delivered.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:26 pm
Even over 2 m 300 K! Here's a video of the event, 50 Mins.long

Watch-Petition delivery to the White House to reject SS benefit cuts

Carole K (195)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 11:43 pm
Noted &signed. TY, Angelika!

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 11:47 am
I watched this yesterday while it was happening. It was so powerful listening to all of the speakers and to see the united stand of so many people. Thanks Angie for posting this.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 3:24 pm
My friends and I are signing multiple petitions against Social Security cuts.

Joe R (190)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 4:28 pm
Thanks Angelika. Signed and noted.

paul m (93)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 3:23 am

Same in Ireland, Welfare cuts to pay for a financial mess caused by overpaid Polititions and Bankers .

Yvonne Taylor (37)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 4:29 am
This made me very angry. Have been signing every petition I can find, but it is already decided, and if both parties are now agreeing, we have no hope.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:40 am
S&N Damn theiving bastards!!

Alice C (1797)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 6:41 am
Signed and shared

David King (3148)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 9:58 am
President Obama unveiled his budget this week, it will included $112 billion in Social Security cuts. If this passes, President Obama would be the first Democratic President ever to propose (and pass) cuts in Social Security!

The administration says these cuts would come about only in the context of a so-called "balanced" compromise. But the numbers tell a different story. Economist Dean Baker notes that these cuts would hit the average retiree three times as hard as the recent tax increases hit the top 1%.

I worked for this President. I voted for this President. But even the most beloved Presidents make mistakes and missteps. This one would be a doozy.

Help: Tell President Obama not to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.

We can't let ourselves be fooled or confused by all of the jargon coming out of D.C. We keep hearing about this scheme called "chained-CPI." Simply put: this proposal would change the fine print on cost-of-living adjustments so that benefits would rise slower than inflation. In other words, while food and medicine get MUCH more expensive, your Social Security check gets only a little bit bigger -- and you end up with less.

Not only that, his budget would increase Medicare premiums for middle-class seniors. In short, Americans who paid into Social Security and Medicare for decades will get less under the Obama budget. What the President is endorsing are cuts, plain and simple.

Yes, progressives must be willing to reform programs like Social Security, precisely because they are so important. Fortunately, there are much better ways to solve the problem.

For instance, we can shore up Social Security for decades simply by raising the cap on taxable income -- so that it is not just poor folks whose entire paychecks are taxed.

We can make the cost-of-living adjustment more accurate. But there are ways to do this without slashing benefits. And in fact, the most accurate adjustment for inflation would actually give seniors more, because prices are rising even faster on things like healthcare, which the elderly consume at a greater rate.

Budgets are a vision for the country expressed in dollars. President Obama's would cut Social Security -- which does not add a dime to the deficit -- to pay down a deficit caused by the Bush tax cuts, the Bush wars and the Bush recession. That is not what we voted for.

Sign the petition: "We will fight to kill any bill that includes these cuts."

Thousands of Rebuilders have called Congress already. Dozens of progressive champions in Congress have pledged to vote against cuts to social safety net benefits. In November, millions of Americans voted to grow our way out of the deficit instead of relying on trickle-down nonsense that got us here.

We are winning the argument. This is not the time for surrender.

Let's stand together,

Cut and paste the link to sign the petition:

David King (3148)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:19 am
"Despite his campaign promises to protect Social Security and make the economy fair, Obama’s budget throws the American people under the bus. And it gives the economic elite a free ride on that same bus that’s running us over.

Specifically, this budget swaps the painful $1.2 trillion in sequester cuts for a different, but equally painful, new package of cuts worth the same amount. As part of these new cuts, the President is leading the charge to roll back Medicare and Social Security – the “Grand Bargain” with ruthless corporate Republicans that Obama has promoted for years. There is nothing grand about dismantling the crown jewels of the New Deal and the Great Society.

The new cuts are superimposed on $1.4 trillion in cuts since 2011 that are already hurting our jobs, schools, health care, housing and social support systems. The burden this budget imposes on the wealthy is trivial by comparison – such as ending tax-benefits in private retirement accounts for those fortunate few with over 3 million already salted away.

The President’s budget proposes $400 billion in Medicare and other health care cuts, partly through requiring seniors to increase Medicare payments or reduce their coverage. Obama also calls for “means testing” Medicare, making it a benefit only for middle class and low income seniors rather than for everyone over age 65. This is a time-tested strategy to reduce public support and set a program on the road to virtual extinction – as was done to welfare under Clinton.

Obama’s budget would reduce Social Security benefits by switching to a “chained CPI” method for calculating cost of living increases. The average retiree would lose more than 2% of her income in the deal. This is more than three times the burden imposed by Obama’s nominal tax increase on the rich last year, which would amount to a mere 1/2 % of income for a wealthy couple earning half a million dollars a year.

Obama is targeting Social Security despite the fact that it's the only thing keeping 20 million seniors out of poverty. Its payments relative to pre-retirement income are far below the retirement benefits that most European nations provide. Few Americans support Obama's approach. According to a February 2013 Pew poll, only 10% of Americans want to cut Social Security while 41% want to increase Social Security benefits.

Obama’s budget will make a desperate economic situation even worse. Last month’s job figures showed only 88,000 new jobs were created, about half the number needed to keep real unemployment from rising. It also showed nearly a half million people had dropped out of the workforce, which largely explains the illusory, small decline in "official" unemployment. In fact the more accurate unemployment indicator, the employment to population ratio, (EPOP), shows a pathetic recovery of only about 7% of the jobs lost since 2007. Meanwhile 1 in 2 Americans are in poverty or low income, 37 million college students and recent graduates are in debt with few prospects for getting out. And with 90% of projected new jobs not requiring a college degree, and half not even requiring a high school degree - the ranks of the impoverished are, unfortunately, on a steep curve upward.

For the President – and his Republican and Democratic accomplices in Congress – to impose these austerity cuts on the American people is absolutely unjustified. Considering the economic meltdown that so many Americans are facing, it is unconscionable. The core problem of the American economy is not the budget deficit. This is simply a symptom of the bigger disease: the recession (caused by Wall Street malfeasance) which led to the massive 2008 drop in tax revenues. The deficit was further aggravated by Wall Street bailouts, the Bush/Obama tax giveaways for the rich, private medical insurance inflation, and the disastrous $6-trillion dollar military boondoggles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The real solution to the recession is to jump start the economy through a massive job creation program – like the New Deal that sparked the recovery from the Great Depression. Within the first few months of the FDR’s New Deal, millions of jobs were created, and within a few years, over 12 million people were back to work.

An alternative to the grim Grand Bargain is offered by the Green New Deal, a package of emergency reforms proposed by the Green Party. This approach would end both the economic crisis and the climate crisis in one fell swoop. It would create 25 million jobs in green energy, sustainable agriculture, public transportation and infrastructure improvements – as well as jobs that meet our social needs, including teachers, nurses, day care, affordable housing, drug abuse and violence prevention and rehabilitation. It would be funded by scaling back the oversized military budget to year 2000 levels, adopting a Medicare for All insurance system that would save trillions of dollars, requiring Wall Street gamblers to pay a small (0.5%) sales tax, taxing capitol gains as income, and taxing income more progressively. These key provisions of the Green New Deal enjoy majority public support in poll after poll.

The Green New Deal addresses the concocted deficit/debt problems by solving the bigger, underlying crises of an unraveling economy and accelerating climate catastrophe. The enormity of these threats compel solutions of equal magnitude.

The draconian budget being presented by the Obama White House is a sobering sign that that the corporate-sponsored political establishment is incapable of delivering real solutions to the nation's critical problems.

With growing frequency, unions and advocacy groups are expressing buyer's remorse about this President, and sending out fundraising appeals asking for money so that they can "take him on." It’s worth asking when "taking him on" should become "leaving him behind," and organizing for independent political action.

One thing is clear – the clock is ticking on our imperiled economy and climate. More than ever, it’s time to put our voices, our bodies, and our votes behind real solutions for a peaceful, just, green future for us all."


David King (3148)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:45 am
President Obama just released his budget – and put your Social Security benefits on the chopping block.

No recent president – Republican or Democrat – has tried to cut Social Security benefits to reduce the deficit. But now our president is pushing hard to do exactly that through a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) cut known as the "chained CPI."

The President's plan is now in the hands of Congress. If it passes, millions of Americans will see their hard-earned benefits slashed. It's imperative that you make your voice heard right now.

Call 1-877-267-5060 to tell your Senators to reject the Social Security cuts in Obama's budget!

If the president's proposal becomes reality and the chained CPI takes effect, seniors across the country will feel its sting. The average senior will lose over $2,000 in Social Security benefits in the next ten years alone.

Your Senators need to hear from you today – and it's quick and easy to make your call. Here's what to do:

Dial 1-877-267-5060, and follow the prompts to enter your ZIP code. Then press "1" to connect to your first Senator.
A staff person will answer the phone. Just tell that person where you're calling from, and that you strongly urge your senator to say NO to the Social Security cuts in Obama's budget. Your call could end here. However, if you like, you can add that:
I earned my Social Security through a lifetime of hard work.
Social Security is a self-financed program and should be left out of the deficit debate.
Chained CPI hurts your constituents and would make it harder for seniors and millions of Americans to make ends meet. I urge you to say no to these harmful cuts.
Since both of your Senators have a say in this debate, please call 1-877-267-5060 again to get connected to your second senator's office. Once again enter your ZIP code, and then press "2" to be connected with your second Senator.

Thanks for all you do to keep these hard-earned benefits strong for today's seniors and for future generations.

David King (3148)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:56 am
Below is the reply that I received from my Congressman from a letter that I sent about Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare cuts being in the new budget...:

Dear Mr. King,

Thank you for contacting my office in Washington, D.C. Discussing critical issues with my constituents is very important to me.

The House budget for fiscal year 2013, House Concurrent Resolution 25, was introduced on March 15, by Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, and subsequently passed the House on March 21, 2013. This Republican budget, which calls for radical spending cuts on the backs of middle-class families, would jeopardize an economic recovery and stands in stark contrast to proposals that would create jobs and strengthen the economy.

I opposed the Budget Control Act that has resulted in deep budget cuts across the board; cutting funding for vital government agencies including the military, our national laboratories, investments in innovation and education, and other important services. Unfortunately, House Republicans are now calling for even deeper cuts than they agreed to previously, and are threatening even more critical programs, funding, and jobs that are vital to New Mexico's economy.

For the past two years, House Republicans have offered a budget – a statement of their principles – that called for the end of Medicare as we know it by replacing the Medicare guarantee with a voucher that fails to cover the cost of health care for New Mexico seniors. This year's budget again seeks to shift the cost on to the backs of seniors with a plan that will increase out-of-pocket costs by approximately $2,000. Meanwhile, when it comes to taxes, the budget cuts taxes for those at the top leaving Republicans with only two options – add to the deficit or raise taxes on middle-class families to make up for the revenue shortfall. No matter how you add it up, this math just doesn't work out for the people of New Mexico, which is why I supported the Democratic and Progressive Caucus budget alternatives.

Our nation faces serious economic challenges that require solutions to revitalize economic growth. At a time when our top priority should be creating jobs for the American people, Republicans have lost focus on working families. The House Republicans' budget fails to put our country on a path to prosperity and jeopardizes the economic security of many Americans. With more tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, while doubling down on proposals to end the Medicare guarantee and shift costs onto the backs of seniors, House Republicans are protecting millionaires instead of Medicare.

This budget makes it crystal clear where the new House leadership's priorities lie, and it's not with the working families that are struggling to make ends meet or the seniors who would see their Medicare premiums double. We need a budget that creates jobs to put Americans back to work, invests in education and innovation, and ensures that everyone pays their fair share. As Congress continues its work on the budget, appropriations, and finding a reversing the effects of the sequester, please rest assured, I will keep your opinions and concerns in mind.

Once again, thank you for expressing your opinion on this matter. Please feel free to contact any of my offices if I can assist you in any way. I am very interested in your opinions and your concerns. To find more information regarding current legislation, services I can offer, or ways my office can be helpful to you, please visit my website at:

Rep. Ben Ray Luján
United States House of Representatives

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday April 12, 2013, 5:45 am
Thanks for signing on.
Thanks Angie.

l L (1)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 12:52 pm
qUESTION: i AM RIGHT IN MY INFORMATION . that they are figureing projections for SS for the 75yrs and beyond and they can't even shore up today? How fallable is that logic? Cause lack today to preserve 75yrs into the future... and btw.. the only pocket the so-called savings for themselves. It doesn't solve any buget problems.

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Friday September 27, 2013, 9:42 am
signed and noted
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