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By Alex Lawson, Communications Director of Social Security Works

UPDATE: The livestream will actually be tomorrow Wednesday May 12th at 9:30am. Darn them for not publishing the date and location of secret meetings on the internet!

Last week I livestreamed the first closed door meeting of the president's fiscal commission. I did this out of frustration that we received no response to a letter that we sent from 81 organizations representing over 61 million Americans, asking that all the work of the commission be done in the open. Letters were also sent by Chairman John Conyers and Minority Leader Boehner asking for transparency.

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I am one of The Other 98%, and I am really proud of this growing organization.  Since the beginning of April, nearly 30,000 fans have joined us on facebook.

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Also posted at the Alliance for Retired Americans Blog

This week, Peter Peterson [net worth $2.8 billion] and his foundation convened a closed-door meeting of Wall Street billionaires and millionaires at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building in D.C.

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Co-authored by Eric  Kingson, Nancy Altman and Lori Hansen.

The President's Fiscal Commission is off to a very bad start. And it hasn't even met!

The rhetoric of the President's choices to chair this important commission, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, endangers Social Security and suggests insensitivity to 40 million older Americans.  

Even before all the members of the commission were chosen, Bowles went on record before the North Carolina Bankers' Association saying that if the Commission doesn't "mess with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security ... America is going to be a second-rate power" in his lifetime." Hardly the statement of an objective and impartial chair of a national commission.

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This is the fifth installment in our Social Security Works series. So far, we have seen how Social Security works for America, how Social Security works for women, how Social Security works for people of color, how Social Security works for people with disabilities, and today we will show how Social Security works for Veterans.

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By Stacy Sanders, the Director of the Elder Economic Security Initiative, WOW

This week, with health care reform passed, the New York Times speculated that Social Security, "the other big entitlement program," would be the next big program to "tackle," specifically within the context of reducing the nation’s debt. Reports followed that suggest the program is in crisis, despite the fact that predictions show Social Security can pay benefits in full until 2037.

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By Ashley Carson, the Executive Director of OWL- The Voice of Midlife and Older Women and www.SocialSecurityMatters.org

This week the New York Times decided to scare the bejeezus out of everyone by publishing several articles with slanted statements about Social Security.  I’d like to revisit some key points in Williams Walsh’s piece from March 24 – statements from her article are in bold below.

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The Billionaires for Wealthcare thanked Senator Mitch McConnell for his outstanding obstructionism by showering him with real cash.  Anticipating his 'no' vote on health care reform, the Billionaires offered him an advance on contributions from Big Insurance.

Insurance industry executives at the Billionaires wanted to make sure Senator McConnell was given a very public show of support from his financial supporters.

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This is the fourth installment in our Social Security Works series. So far, we have seen how Social Security works for America, how Social Security works for women, how Social Security works for people of color, and today we will show how Social Security works for people with disabilities.

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This is the third installment in our Social Security Works series. So far, we have seen how Social Security works for America, how Social Security works for women, and today we will show how Social Security works for people of color.

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This is the second installment in our Social Security Worksseries. The first post focused on how Social Security works for America, and today we will show how Social Security works for women.

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Republican Scott Brown and his supporters greeted the Billionaires for Brown with cheers and a few shoves on the last days of the Massachusetts Senate campaign.  After joining Scott in Worcester on Sunday, the Billionaires helped him greet the hoi polloi at the Boston Garden and rally his rabble in the Boston suburbs.

Videos after the break.

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