Monday, July 18, 2011

Join us at Sarbanes' office/Over 2000 People Will Say No Cuts to Social Security or Medicare Benefits at Congressional Offices Across the Country. Will You?

On Wed., July 20 at 4:30 PM,  the Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes’ office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Baltimore, MD 21204.  While inside, we will deliver a letter to urge the representative to pledge to vote against further funding of wars.  We will also let him know that he should sign on to the following legislation: HR 780, the Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act, HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, and HR 870, the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act.  From 5 to 5:30 PM, we will demonstrate on Bosley Ave against U.S. wars in the Middle East. 


Progressive Democrats of America, CODEPINK and others are holding brownbag vigils outside (or inside) offices of members of the House of Representatives.  Brownbaggers are demanding commitments to vote against more money for war and for progressive legislation. Hands off Medicare! Hands off Medicaid! Hands off Social Security! END CORPORATE WELFARE! Go to

Over 2000 People Will Say No Cuts to Social Security or Medicare Benefits at Congressional Offices Across the Country. Will You?

by Jane Hamsher

The threats to Social Security and Medicare benefits right now are very real. And anyone who says “wait until we know more” is trying to keep you inactive while you’re fattened up for the slaughter. They intend to drop this thing with lightening speed once they have a deal, and vote on it before anyone realizes what’s happening.

If you want to save Social Security and Medicare from being cut, the time is now.

Mitch McConnell and the Republicans offered a clean debt ceiling vote — no cuts necessary. President Obama rejected it. Then he told the country that Social Security checks might not go out on August 2. I was on CSPAN this morning and several callers were near tears as they said how they had been calling their Social Security offices, and the offices told them they didn’t know for sure if they’d be getting their checks or not. These people are terrified of being thrown out on the streets, of not being able to pay their utility bills, of not being able to feed themselves.

They’ll probably be relieved when they are told that it’s “only” going to be cuts in their cost-of-living adjustments, or that a Catfood Commission II will be formed take the very un-democratic step of making recommendations that congress gives an up-or-down vote to. No amendments, no markups, no changes allowed. It’s how Congress traditionally passes really unpopular legislation like base closings.

Over 2000 people have already signed up to visit the office of their Senator or Representative tomorrow. Because elites of both parties are dead-set on doing this, and grassroots opposition is the only way we’re going to make an impact.

Face-to-face meetings are the way to make it real. You can show up any time of day tomorrow, just for 5 minutes, let them know in no uncertain terms how you feel about their plans to cut these critical programs at a time of economic hardship.

The President lectures progressives on Friday about how we should all care about the nation’s fiscal health. We do. We know that they don’t need “tweaking.” The President then went on to say that he supported the cuts recommended by the Catfood Commission, which included cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits, but as Commander-in-Chief he couldn’t support their cuts to defense.

Someone should tell the President that if he wants to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits before defense spending, he’s not in any position to be giving advice to progressives.

Will you take time to go visit the office of your member of Congress or Senator tomorrow, and remind them that the American people overwhelmingly oppose cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits, and that you will will not support them in 2012 if they take part in doing that?

© 2011

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher is the founder of Her work has also appeared on The Daily Beat, Common Dreams, AlterNet, The Nation and The American Prospect.

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