RSVP for July 19th:
Visit Your Local Congressional Office to Oppose Cutting the Social Safety Net

RSVP to our National Day of Action to protect social security and visit your representatives to oppose President Obama’s plan to cut benefits.

 

 

 

In response to President Obama’s warning that Social Security recipients may not receive their monthly checks on August 2, FDL is people is asking people across the country to visit the local offices of their Senators and Representatives on Tuesday July 19, to express their opposition to the radical and unjust proposals to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits currently being contemplated by leaders of both parties.

Last week FDL members put forward the suggestion that we organize office visits, because members of Congress and their staffers need to hear in person just how strongly the American public is opposed to cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits in the way that President Obama has proposed.

It’s an outrage that the government continues to shovel free money at the banks, and spends trillions to wage wars that the American public no longer supports — then decides it’s time to tighten our belts when it comes to the financial security and medical care of our senior citizens.

FDL is asking people to commit to visit the office of their Senator or Member of Congress on July 19, and let them know they have pledged NOT to support the reelection campaign of any elected official — regardless of party — who supports cuts to Medicare or Social Security benefits.

RSVP to visit your members of Congress on Tuesday, July 19th to tell them in-person that you will not support their reelection if they participate in cutting social safety net benefits.

Click here to RSVP: http://action.shadowproof.wpengine.com/page/s/safetynet-meetings.

FDL Senior Policy Analyst Jon Walker has put together a fact sheet that people can download and deliver to the office of their member of Congress on the devastating impact that the benefit cuts now being discussed would have on America’s senior citizens.

“Cutting social security benefits spells disaster for vulnerable Americans” says Jon Walker. “Raising the Social Security retirement age from 67 to 69 would amount to a 13% cut in benefits. And changing the way that cost-of-living adjustments are calculated would effectively be a benefit cut every year compounded over time.”

Polling indicates that the American public overwhelmingly opposes cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits to close the deficit, across ideological and age groups. But politicians of both parties appear to be deaf to the wishes of the public. Until they see their constituents walking into their offices, and understand they will pay a price in the next election if they try to close the deficit on the back of the nation’s seniors, they will not stop pursuing the radical path they are currently on.”

Some of the benefit cuts currently on the table to help reduce the deficit are:

  • Slashing seniors’ COLA pension funds by changing the way they account for inflation 1
  • Raising the Social Security retirement age, hurting lower income Americans who tend to live shorter lives 2
  • Raising the Medicare eligibility age, increasing health insurance premiums and sending out-of-pocket expenses through the roof 3

“The only way we can hope to stop these cuts is if members of Congress get a first-hand experience of the intense grassroots opposition to this plan” says Brian Sonenstein, FDL Digital Strategy Director, who worked with FDL member Kelly Canfield to put together the tools that will allow people to look up the office of their Senator or member of Congress and see which one is closet to them.

Now that the Republicans have offered to give the President Obama the power to lift the debt ceiling with no budget cuts whatsoever, which the New York Times overwhelmingly endorses today, there is no reason to claim that anyone is being ‘forced’ to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits in order keep the government from defaulting on its debts.

The only justification left for cutting Social Security or Medicare benefits now is because that’s what they want to do. And if that’s what our elected officials truly believe is the right thing to do, they and their office staffs should have the courage to say it to the faces of their constituents.

We look forward to giving them the opportunity to do so on Tuesday, July 19.

Pledge to visit the local office of your Senator or Representative on July 19 to oppose any cuts to social safety net benefits.

And if you plan on making a visit, please download the Medicare and Social Security Fact Sheet and script to help you prepare.

Sources:

[1] Social Security COLA Cut: A Benefit Cut Affecting Everyone (PDF). StrengthenSocialSecurity.org.

[2] Raising the Social Security Retirement Age: A Big Benefit Cut that Harms Everyone, Especially Low-Income and Minority Workers (PDF). SocialSecurityWorks.org

[3] Social Security COLA Cut: A Benefit Cut Affecting Everyone (PDF). StrengthenSocialSecurity.org.

RSVP for July 19th:
Visit Your Local Congressional Office to Oppose Cutting the Social Safety Net

RSVP to our National Day of Action to protect social security and visit your representatives to oppose President Obama’s plan to cut benefits.

In response to President Obama’s warning that Social Security recipients may not receive their monthly checks on August 2, FDL is asking people across the country to visit the local offices of their Senators and Representatives on Tuesday July 19, to express their opposition to the radical and unjust proposals to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits currently being contemplated by leaders of both parties.

Last week FDL members put forward the suggestion that we organize office visits, because members of Congress and their staffers need to hear in person just how strongly the American public is opposed to cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits in the way that President Obama has proposed.

It’s an outrage that the government continues to shovel free money at the banks, and spends trillions to wage wars that the American public no longer supports — then decides it’s time to tighten our belts when it comes to the financial security and medical care of our senior citizens.

FDL is asking people to commit to visit the office of their Senator or Member of Congress on July 19, and let them know they have pledged NOT to support the reelection campaign of any elected official — regardless of party — who supports cuts to Medicare or Social Security benefits.

RSVP to visit your members of Congress on Tuesday, July 19th to tell them in-person that you will not support their reelection if they participate in cutting social safety net benefits.

Click here to RSVP: http://action.shadowproof.wpengine.com/page/s/safetynet-meetings.

FDL Senior Policy Analyst Jon Walker has put together a fact sheet that people can download and deliver to the office of their member of Congress on the devastating impact that the benefit cuts now being discussed would have on America’s senior citizens.

“Cutting social security benefits spells disaster for vulnerable Americans” says Jon Walker. “Raising the Social Security retirement age from 67 to 69 would amount to a 13% cut in benefits. And changing the way that cost-of-living adjustments are calculated would effectively be a benefit cut every year compounded over time.”

Polling indicates that the American public overwhelmingly opposes cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits to close the deficit, across ideological and age groups. But politicians of both parties appear to be deaf to the wishes of the public. Until they see their constituents walking into their offices, and understand they will pay a price in the next election if they try to close the deficit on the back of the nation’s seniors, they will not stop pursuing the radical path they are currently on.”

Some of the benefit cuts currently on the table to help reduce the deficit are:

  • Slashing seniors’ COLA pension funds by changing the way they account for inflation 1
  • Raising the Social Security retirement age, hurting lower income Americans who tend to live shorter lives 2
  • Raising the Medicare eligibility age, increasing health insurance premiums and sending out-of-pocket expenses through the roof 3

“The only way we can hope to stop these cuts is if members of Congress get a first-hand experience of the intense grassroots opposition to this plan” says Brian Sonenstein, FDL Digital Strategy Director, who worked with FDL member Kelly Canfield to put together the tools that will allow people to look up the office of their Senator or member of Congress and see which one is closet to them.

Now that the Republicans have offered to give the President Obama the power to lift the debt ceiling with no budget cuts whatsoever, which the New York Times overwhelmingly endorses today, there is no reason to claim that anyone is being ‘forced’ to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits in order keep the government from defaulting on its debts.

The only justification left for cutting Social Security or Medicare benefits now is because that’s what they want to do. And if that’s what our elected officials truly believe is the right thing to do, they and their office staffs should have the courage to say it to the faces of their constituents.

We look forward to giving them the opportunity to do so on Tuesday, July 19.

Pledge to visit the local office of your Senator or Representative on July 19 to oppose any cuts to social safety net benefits.

And if you plan on making a visit, please download the Medicare and Social Security Fact Sheet and script to help you prepare.

Sources:

[1] Social Security COLA Cut: A Benefit Cut Affecting Everyone (PDF). StrengthenSocialSecurity.org.

[2] Raising the Social Security Retirement Age: A Big Benefit Cut that Harms Everyone, Especially Low-Income and Minority Workers (PDF). SocialSecurityWorks.org

[3] Social Security COLA Cut: A Benefit Cut Affecting Everyone (PDF). StrengthenSocialSecurity.org.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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