I am posting with updates this dairy. Please write to your elected officials.
With the "Lame Duck" session starting
very soon after the elections today and the possibility of negotiations over a "Grand Bargain" looming. Now is the time to prepare for communication communicate with your elected officials. Congress.org is easy to use and costs nothing. The site is associated with C Q Roll Call and IMO the news offerings lean to the right. However the services they offer at no charge are great. You can send an email to all of your Elected Officials either Federal or State with ease. Another service they have is the weekly Mega Vote email that sends you information on how your officials voted on the "major" votes when congress is in session.
I sent an email to my Federal Elected officials a few
days weeks ago using the Congress.org web site. It was very easy to do. I just clicked on the upper right corner of the home page on the link that says "Write all your Federal Officials".
It only shows President Obama by name in the recipient list at first. Go ahead and compose your message. It will find your other elected officials from your address info and send it to them as well. You will need a telephone number to enter in the page.
Here is the text I sent.
With the possibility of negotiations over some kind of change in Social Security looming large in our future I am writing to let you know what I expect from you. I expect you to stand firmly against any benefit cuts in the Social Security Program. If the funding is insufficient you need to raise revenue by increasing the tax cap to a larger number.After sending the message confirmation below was displayed on the web page.
Do not increase retirement age. Do not cut COLA increases. If you do anything lower the retirement age to 60 for "early" and 62 for full. Please contact me and let me know what your position is on these points. Thank you in advance for your help keeping the Social Security System viable.
Your message was sent to:I received a copy of the email message as sent at my email address right away.
President Barack Obama (D)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
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Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY 21st)
Proving that it works, I did get a reply from Senator Schumer's office to my communication ( as requested ) after a few days.
His position on the Senate Finance Committee is important for directing any changes to these popular Social Programs.
So please take a few minutes to give it a try and
be ready to send communication after the elections today. They have a Facebook presence as well.