Monday, October 21, 2013

Beware of cuts to Social Security, Medicare

Another attack on working- and middle-class Americans is coming, it's coming soon and it's coming from Congress. 

More talks will take place 12 weeks from now, and they'll likely end in an agreement to cut Social Security, the most effective program ever to keep seniors out of poverty. The cuts will be swaddled in jargon -- "chained CPI" -- but don't be fooled. It's a cut. 

And they'll likely cut Medicare, too, the most popular and cost-effective health insurance program in the country.

As Richard Eskow put it in a recent Huffington Post:
In twelve weeks or so our new system of government-by-crisis will resume its regularly scheduled programming: more threats, more confrontations, and even more extreme rhetoric. 
There are only a few ways this could play out, and most of them involve cuts to Medicare and Social Security. The ones which don't probably involve either A) catastrophic gridlock or B) a mobilized citizenry. The reason you should be concerned is that Democrats as well as Republicans are starting to talk like the Fix the Debt loonies, greedy billionaires willing to destroy the middle class in order to get more tax cuts for themselves. Democrats who've indicated support for cuts to  include President Obama, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Our allies at Social Security Works have a petition (the video above is theirs too) you should sign if you don't want Congress to cut Social Security and Medicare. Click here to sign it.