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Received this e-mail from Senator Tom Harkin (D. IA) regarding the Chained CPI:
We need to act quickly.
News broke on Friday that President Obama's budget proposal will include cuts to Social Security via a mechanism called "chained CPI" -- a move I strongly oppose. Call it whatever you want -- it's still a cut to those who need help the most. We can't let it happen.
While there are large portions of the President's budget that I strongly support, cutting Social Security is a bridge too far. It's an unnecessary attack on a critical program that, by law, is unable to add to the deficit.
It's not too late to stop this. Join me and call on President Obama not to cut Social Security before he unveils his budget on Wednesday!
Social Security already underestimates the cost of living for seniors by ignoring the fact that health care costs -- a larger portion of their income -- are increasing at a faster rate than other costs.
If anything, the Social Security benefit should be increased, not cut. And we can readily do that while still strengthening the long-term solvency of Social Security through means which don't harm the vast majority of beneficiaries.
Speaker Boehner has shown time and time again that he's not interested in reaching a balanced agreement to reduce the debt. President Obama has nothing to gain from these concessions.
He needs to remove chained CPI from his budget right now and stand up for Social Security.
Join with me -- call on President Obama not to cut Social Security!
(All times are Eastern, diaries published by the Pushing back at the Grand Bargain group) Monday, April 8
10:00 a.m. Roger Fox
12:00 noon eXtina
2:00 p.m. Guest crosspost by Yves Smith
3:00 p.m. poopdogcomedy
4:00 p.m. Horace Boothroyd III
6:00 p.m. slinkerwink
8:00 p.m. joedemocrat
Tuesday, April 9
10:00 a.m. Guest crosspost by Bill Black
2:00 p.m. joe shikspack
8:00 p.m. TomP
Wednesday, April 10
12:00 noon Words in Action
1. Call your senators and representatives and tell them "Hell No!" with a priority on contacting senators. U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. You can find email contact information here
2. Contact the White House and tell them "Hell No!". Switchboard: 202-456-1414. Email contact page is here.
3. Petitions. There are a number of petitions available. Choose from the following or preferably sign them all.
a. White House petition calling for no cuts to Social Security. b. AFL-CIO petition calling for no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and calling for more jobs, repealing the sequester and ending tax loopholes for the wealthiest individuals and corporations. c. Sen. Harkin's petition telling Pres. Obama not to cut Social Security.
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