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TAKE ACTION: No Grand Bargain in Exchange for Cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: economy, ethics, healthcare, politics, HUMAN RIGHTS )

Beverly
- 423 days ago - credomobilize.com
WE MUST NOT BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF WORKING FAMILIES, THE ELDERLY, THE CHILDREN, THE SICK AND THE POOR.



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Beverly M. (90)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 9:38 am
Campaign created by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who is fighting every day to protect our earned benefits and is the founder of the Defending Social Security Caucus.

They’re at it again.

Billionaires like the Koch Brothers, Pete Peterson, Stanley Druckenmiller and others are leading the charge to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

If they succeed, millions of senior citizens, working families, disabled veterans and children will suffer. We must not allow that to happen.

Today, the middle class is disappearing, real unemployment is extremely high, poverty is increasing and working families throughout the country are struggling to keep their heads above water economically. Meanwhile, the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider and wider and the wealthiest people and the largest corporations are doing phenomenally well.

WE MUST NOT BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF WORKING FAMILIES, THE ELDERLY, THE CHILDREN, THE SICK AND THE POOR.

As Vermont’s senator, I have the honor of serving on the Budget Conference Committee which will be negotiating a new federal budget over the next few months -- and where I am fearful that a deal could be struck to slash Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

As the founder of the Defending Social Security Caucus, please stand with me, our friends at CREDO Mobilize and our coalition partners in demanding; “No grand bargain in exchange for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”

Let’s be clear. Despite right-wing rhetoric:

Social Security is not going broke. According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security has a surplus today of $2.8 trillion and can pay out every benefit owed to every eligible person for the next 20 years.

Social Security has not contributed to the deficit. Social Security is funded independently by FICA taxes which are paid by workers and their employers.

The so-called chained-CPI, which recalculates how COLA’s are formulated, is not a “modest tweak.” If the chained CPI went into effect today, a senior aged 65 would receive $658 a year less in Social Security benefits when he/she is 75, and $1,100 a year less at age 85. Further, the average disabled veteran would lose tens of thousands of dollars in benefits over his/her lifetime.

Please stand with me today and demand that Congress and the President oppose any grand bargain which cuts Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

When one out of four U.S. corporations pay nothing in federal income taxes; when Bush’s tax breaks for the rich remain in place for many wealthy Americans; when the U.S. spends almost as much as the rest of the world combined on defense, there are much fairer and economically sound ways to address the budget than cutting programs desperately needed by the most vulnerable people in our country.

Please stand with me and CREDO Mobilize in protecting the future of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

Let’s go forward together. Thanks for your continued support.

Sincerely,
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 9:51 am
Done-thx Beverly
 

Roseann d. (178)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 10:45 am
Time to Hit the Streets in Protest.
 

Rhonfa W. (379)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 11:29 am
Signed and noted
 

AniMae Chi (434)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 3:44 pm
Your action has been submitted.
72,826 of 75,000 signatures
 

Angelene B. (149)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 4:40 pm
already signed!
 

Candy L. (476)
Monday October 28, 2013, 1:37 am
Thanks, also Signed & Tweeted this one many times
 

Carole K. (200)
Monday October 28, 2013, 4:33 am
Noted & signed. TY, Beverly!
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Monday October 28, 2013, 7:57 am
noted and signed
 

Peggy A. (0)
Monday October 28, 2013, 8:04 am
done
 

. (0)
Monday October 28, 2013, 8:11 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, Beverly.
 

Nils Anders Lunde (550)
Monday October 28, 2013, 1:34 pm
Noted. Open your eyes and start to see through much that is being fed to you as fact – begin to question. Listen to your intuition and not to the voices screaming at you from your televisions, radios, and pulpits.
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Monday October 28, 2013, 2:44 pm
Petition already signed.

If anything should be cut,
it is the bloated military and its contractors budget by 50%!

Ty, Beverly.
.
 

Robert K. (31)
Monday October 28, 2013, 3:17 pm
The only cuts needed are cutting all corporate loopholes.

Ever since Reagan the poor and middle class have been supporting the rich. Time to make it illegal for that to ever happen again.
 

Neill Abayon (718)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 3:42 am
Done. Thanks.
 
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