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    "I am a long time supporter of President Obama. I am very concerned about reports I am reading that he is considering proposing a cut to future Social Security benefits (by reducing the cost of living increases) as part of a deal with Speaker Boehner. Social Security is irrelevant to the debt problem, so why are cuts to SS even under consideration? The solvency of SS can be extended simply by raising its income cap as much as mathematically necessary. I strongly support Sen Begich's bill regarding long term SS solvency. Please take Social Security out of any deficit negotiations and deal with its solvency as a completely separate issue, because that's what it is."

    •  Yes, I wrote him last week, now he does opposite! (4+ / 0-)

      Thanks, Mr. President for not listening to this poor senior who will be hurt by your giving in on this!

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:57:31 AM PST

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      tried to appeal to the "voice of the voter"  and heartbroken supporter memes...for what good it would do.

      Dear Mr. President:
      As someone who supported you monetarily and with boots on the ground during this last election, I want to reach out to you today about the recent "fiscal cliff" offer you made to Speaker Boehner.

      I typically reach out to members of the House and Senate and leave you and your staff to your work because I have a deep respect and trust for you and the strategies you deploy every day of your presidency.  However, today is different.

      I want you to understand that I did not donate to you or work for your campaign only because the other side was untenable.  Yes.  They were an unconscionable choice.  But I worked, donated, and voted for you, Mr. President because I believe in you.  I believe you do your best to find common sense solutions to the major problems that plague our society.

      And that's why I need to say to you right now, I am hugely disappointed in your recent offer.  Not because I am more liberal than you on issues of defense spending or Medicare.  Not because I  believe in a more progressive tax system.  All of that is of course true.  

      I am disappointed in you because you are negotiating away the vote of the people.  The people who entrusted you with their voice.  We voted for taxing the rich.  And of course, you might say we also voted for a “balanced approach”. But you also said we wouldn't balance the deficit on the backs of seniors and the vulnerable.  That's what you promised.

      And yes, I'm 36 years old.  Too old to be believing in the promises of politicians.  But you are supposed to be different.  And that's a promise too.  

      Call me naive Mr. President, but I still believe in you.  And I'm calling on you to be the man I voted for.  

      Stop this senseless back and forth with the Speaker.  Walk off that cliff and lead us into a new fiscal policy that reflects the values of Barack Obama, because those are the values I believe in.

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