|It has already begun with public workers. Instead of admitting that everyone makes too little these workers are being attacked merely for barely hanging on to the middle-class. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been wasted on failed wars, banking bailouts and newly extended tax cuts for the very rich but for some reason the very folks who spent all the money have placed the blame on a few people who actually do real work.
It does not end with merely attacking those workers who have some rights in the workplace and power to negotiate wages and benefits. As always the Corporate stooges in both parties but mostly Republicans have salivated at ways to privitize or steal the Social Security program from millions of Americans who have earned it. They try to use the debt and deficits run up by their own irresponsibility to justify it. However, Social Security has never been and never will be the cause of our debt. From an email:
A battle is raging in the U.S. Senate over what to do about the federal deficit. On one side are politicians clamoring to cut Social Security. On the other side are our allies who are demanding Hands Off Social Security! They need your help.
Social Security has not contributed a penny to the federal deficit. In fact, the program has a $2.6 trillion surplus today. That's why it should not be cut to reduce the deficit. But some politicians keep trying anyway. Pledge to help stop them.
Next week, the U.S. Senate may vote on the Social Security Protection Amendment (S. AMDT 207, as modified) sponsored by Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Bernie Sanders. It states very clearly "that Social Security benefits for current and future beneficiaries should not be cut and that Social Security should not be privatized as part of any legislation to reduce the Federal deficit."
The amendment draws a clear line in the sand - do not include any Social Security cuts in a deficit-reduction deal because Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit.
We need to generate thousands of calls to the Senate just before the vote to ensure that we win this one.
They summed things up better than I can:
Social Security belongs to you and others who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to the program. It does not belong to politicians in Washington who want to use it as a piggy bank to fund tax cuts for the rich or bailouts for Wall Street.
RDemocrat, your Senators need to hear from you, your family, and your friends that you support the Protect Social Security Amendment, and that you demand that they vote for it. Please pledge to make a call on March 29th. This is a critical time to take action.
We should all go to the strengthen Social Security Campaign's Website and pledge to call on the 29th, sign the petition and then let our Senators here from us loud and clear on the 29th.
With the battles in Wisconsin and other places for the very rights of American workers we are starting to wake up. In the last thirty years we have been taken for granted as we worked harder for less and the fatcats in Corporate America and Washington got fatter and brought our economy crashing down. Now as the ultimate show of scorn to us they are voting themselves a free pass in the form of huge tax cuts as they force working Americans to make all the sacrifices yet again.
Lets stand up with one voice on the 29th and let these folks know we will not have the retirement security we have worked for and earned be stolen from us by the maniacal greed of a very few people who care nothing for anything but their own addictions to money and power.
Now that working America is waking up and rising up we need to send a clear message to the elites in Washington and Corporate America. You made this mess, now its your turn to clean it up for once. You have sucked us dry.