Aubrey James Shepherd's unique view from Fayetteville, Arkansas
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Social Security attacked by teabagger congressmen and senators: Are you sure you won't want and NEED your Social Security?
We knew this day was coming -- Today, the co-chairs of the Deficit Commission declared war on Social Security.
And it's not just Social Security they're going after. They're declaring war on Medicare, the National Park Service and PBS, too.
Well, the Deficit Commission doesn't speak for me -- or the vast majority of Americans -- and Congress needs to know it. Join me today and sign our pledge to Congress rejecting the Deficit Commission's right-wing attacks on Social Security. Add your name now
The Co-Chairs of the Commission released their proposal today. One member of the commission referred to the plan as "a good start". It's our job to make sure they know it's Dead on Arrival. Here's a quick sample of just some of what they're calling for:
Cut Social Security benefits
Raise the retirement age
Cut funding to the National Park Service
Cut funding to PBS
When we say that the Deficit Commission doesn't speak for the vast majority of Americans, we have the numbers to back it up.
On Election Day, Democracy for America polled voters nationwide and when asked about Social Security only four percent supported making cuts to Social Security. Over half support eliminating the Social Security tax cap for income over $106,000 a year and 31 percent said they wouldn't change anything at all.
Let me say that again so Congress gets the message -- We polled the exact same people who voted to put Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives and 85 percent of voters don't want any cuts to Social Security. This might be the only thing that 85 percent of Americans can agree on. Help make sure Congress gets the message.
When we asked DFA members what we needed to work on after the election, the answer was loud and clear -- Stand up for Social Security. And we are.
Join us today and tell Congress to reject the Deficit Commission.
Arshad Hasan, Executive Director Democracy for America
P.S. You can check the full results of our SurveyUSA 2010 Election Day poll here.
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