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There will be tons of pressure coming from the austerity crowd; those Simpson-Bowles phony Democrats that think that cutting earned benefits is the serious solution to what ails this nation.  Never mind that Obama's opening statement of raising taxes on the rich by $1.6 Trillion or that cutting wasteful Defense spending would be more effective and less electorally poisonous to real Democrats.   At this point, I am still hoping that the Democrats on the "Gang of Eight" are real Democrats and will listen to reason.   But we should also pressure the Republicans too since the American people spoke on this issue by re-electing Barack Obama.

So I have gathered contact info for those eight Senators, and the White House.   Let them know that you feel that Social Security should be off the table as Harry Reid said.  I definitely urge those living in Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Virginia to contact their Senators who are on the Gang of Eight.

K.I.S.S(Keep it super simple) Talking Points by request

For the Congresscritters:
Please tell Senator [fill in the blank] (or Representative [fill in the blank]) that I agree with Senator Harry Reid about "not messing with" Social Security.   The President has a clear mandate that the voters gave him to slightly raise taxes on those making over $250,000 and he has a mandate to not touch Social Security.

As a constituent of Senator [blank] (or Representative [blank]), this is the most important issue to me, and I will remember who stood up for me when I next go into the voting booth.   So please, make sure that Social Security is off the table in the fiscal negotiations.   I feel very strongly that raising the eligibility age, messing around with the COLA, or any benefit cut is the wrong course of action.

Thank you for listening to my concerns and have a nice day.   (also give address and such if they ask for it)

To the White House:

Please tell the President that I voted for his re-election so that he could have the power to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, and please tell him that he has a mandate to leave Social Security alone or as Harry Reid said "let's not mess with it".   I feel very strongly that raising the eligability age, messing with COLA, or any benefit cut is not what I voted for.

Please let the President know that I will back him up on his plan to raise taxes by $1.6 Trillion on the wealthiest Americans.   Please tell him that I will work hard to make sure he has support if he leaves Social Security alone in these upcoming fiscal negotiations.

Thank you for listening to my concerns and have a good day.

Contact info for the "Gang of Eight"

Michael Bennet (D-CO):

Denver Metro Office 1127 Sherman St., Suite 150 Denver, Colorado 80203
Phone: (303) 455-7600 Toll Free: (866) 455-9866

Four Corners Office 835 East 2nd Avenue, Suite 206 Durango, Colorado 81301 Phone: (970) 259-1710

Pikes Peak Office 409 North Tejon St., Suite 107 Colorado Springs, 80903
Phone: (719) 328-1100

North Central-High Plains Office 1200 South College Ave., Suite 211 Fort Collins, CO 80524 Phone: (970) 224-2200

Northwest/I-70W Office 225 North 5th Street, Suite 511 Grand Junction, Colorado 81501 Phone: (970) 241-6631

Arkansas River Office 129 West B Street Pueblo, Colorado 81003
Phone: (719) 542-7550

San Luis Valley Office 609 Main Street, Suite 110 Alamosa, Colorado 81101
Phone: (719) 587-0096

Washington, D.C. Office 458 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-5852

Contact Form for Michael Bennet

Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)  :

Washington D.C. Office
416 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-3521

North Georgia Office
100 Galleria Parkway
Suite 1340
Atlanta, GA 30339
Main: 770-763-9090
Fax: 770-226-8633

East Georgia Office
3633 Wheeler Road
Suite 270
Augusta, GA 30909
Main: 706-650-1555
Fax: 706-650-7985

Middle Georgia Office
300 Mulberry Street
Suite 502
Macon, GA 31201
Main: 478-741-1417
Fax: 478-741-1437
Toll free: 800-234-4208

South Georgia Office
585 South Main Street
P.O. Box 3217
Moultrie, GA 31776
Main: 229-985-2112
Fax: 229-985-2123

Chambliss's e-mail contact form

Tom Coburn (R-OK) :

Washington D.C.:
172 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-5754
Fax: 202-224-6008

1800 South Baltimore
Suite 800
Tulsa, OK 74119
Main: 918-581-7651
Fax: 918-581-7195

Oklahoma City:
100 North Broadway
Suite 1820
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Main: 405-231-4941
Fax: 405-231-5051

Tom Coburn contact form

Kent Conrad(D-ND):  

Senator Kent Conrad
530 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510-3403
Phone: (202) 224-2043
Fax: (202) 224-7776

State offices:
Toll-free Phone: 1-800-223-4457

U.S. Federal Building, Room 105
100 1st Street SW
Minot, ND 58701

Phone: (701) 852-0703
Fax: (701) 838-8196

Grand Forks:
33 S 3rd St., Suite B
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Phone: (701) 775-9601
Fax: (701) 746-1990

U.S. Federal Building, Room 228
220 East Rosser Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501

Phone: (701) 258-4648
Fax: (701) 258-1254

U.S. Federal Building, Room 306
657 2nd Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58102

Phone: (701) 232-8030
Fax: (701) 232-6449

Kent Conrad e-mail contact form

Mike Crapo (R-ID) :

Washington, DC
239 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6142
Fax: (202) 228-1375

Eastern Idaho, North
410 Memorial Drive
Suite 204
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Phone: (208) 522-9779
Fax: (208) 529-8367

Idaho State Office
251 East Front Street
Suite 205
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 334-1776
Fax: (208) 334-9044

North-Central Idaho
313 'D' Street
Suite 105
Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: (208) 743-1492
Fax: (208) 743-6484

South-Central Idaho
202 Falls Avenue
Suite 2
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Phone: (208) 734-2515
Fax: (208) 733-0414

Eastern Idaho, South
275 South 5th Avenue
Suite 225
Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone: (208) 236-6775
Fax: (208) 236-6935

North Idaho
610 Hubbard Street
Suite 209
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814
Phone: (208) 664-5490
Fax: (208) 664-0889

Mike Crapo e-mail contact form

Dick Durbin (D-IL) :

    711 Hart Senate Bldg.
    Washington, DC 20510
    9 am to 6 pm ET
    (202) 224-2152 - phone
    (202) 228-0400 - fax

    230 S Dearborn St.
    Suite 3892
    Chicago, IL 60604
    8:30 am to 5 pm
    (312) 353-4952 - phone
    (312) 353-0150 - fax

    525 South 8th St.
    Springfield, IL 62703
    8:30 am to 5 pm
    (217) 492-4062 - phone
    (217) 492-4382 - fax

    250 W. Cherry Street
    Suite 115-D
    Carbondale, IL 62901
    8:30 am to 5 pm
    (618) 351-1122 - phone
    (618) 351-1124 - fax

    1504 Third Avenue
    Suite 227
    Rock Island, IL 61201
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    (309) 786-5173 - phone
    (309) 786-5404 - fax

Dick Durbin e-mail contact form

Mike Johanns (R-NE) :

Washington, D.C. Office:

404 Russell Senate Office Building                      
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-4224
Fax: (202) 228-0436
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET

Kearney Office:

4111 Fourth Avenue, Suite 26
Kearney, NE 68845
Tel: (308) 236-7602
Fax: (308) 236-7473
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT Fri

Lincoln Office:

287 Federal Building 100 Centennial Mall North
Lincoln, NE 68508
Tel: (402) 476-1400
Fax: (402) 476-0605
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT

Scottsbluff Office:

115 Railway Street, Suite C102
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Tel: (308) 632-6032
Fax: (308) 632-6295
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. MT

Omaha Office:

9900 Nicholas St., Suite 325
Omaha, NE 68114
Tel: (402) 758-8981
Fax: (402) 758-9165
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT

Mike Johanns e-mail contact form

Mark Warner (D-VA):

Washington, D.C.

    475 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: 202-224-2023
    Fax: 202-224-6295


    180 West Main Street
    Abingdon, VA 24210
    Phone Number: 276-628-8158
    Fax Number: 276-628-1036


    101 W. Main Street
    Suite 4900
    Norfolk, VA 23510
    Phone Number: 757-441-3079
    Fax Number: 757-441-6250


    919 E. Main Street
    Suite 630
    Richmond, VA 23219
    Phone Number: 804-775-2314
    Fax Number: 804-775-2319


    8000 Towers Crescent Drive
    Suite 200
    Vienna, Virginia 22182
    Phone: 703-442-0670
    Fax: 703-442-0408


    129B Salem Avenue, SW
    Roanoke, VA 24011
    Phone Number: 540-857-2676
    Fax Number: 540-857-2800

Mark Warner e-mail contact form

White House contact info:  (to let Obama know we have his back on taxes and will have his back if he takes Social Security off the table)

White House contact page

Phone Numbers

Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414


Comments: 202-456-6213
Visitor's Office: 202-456-2121

White House e-mail form

And here's some helpful info to contact your Congresscritter:
Find Your Representative

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 224-3121
TTY: (202)-225-1904
You can also use that switchboard number above to contact your Senator too.

Let's let Congress know that any changes to Social Security at this point is unacceptable and that we support the President on taxes.  

Originally posted to pistolSO on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:53 AM PST.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party and Social Security Defenders.

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Comment Preferences

  •  What if part of the grand bargain (5+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO, doc2, el dorado gal, importer, FG

    is an increase of the cap on contributions?  I personally want that on the table as a progressive option to extend the solvency of Social Security.

    You wanna f*%^ with Big Bird? You gotta come through me.

    by DaveV on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:57:29 AM PST

    •  Yeah, the last thing I think we want (0+ / 0-)

      to do is to have both sides dig in their heels saying "not a dime" on taxes (them) or not a dime out of social programs (us). The country needs a deal. Barack Obama is not going to destroy Social Security or Medicare by making some stupid deal, and I don't believe that he has to be micromanaged in this process.

    •  Raising the cap is a good idea (2+ / 0-)
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      Youffraita, aliasalias

      but given Obama's history of negotiating with Boehner and other Republicans, I'd rather just echo Harry Reid and say that Social Security should be off the table.

      Once the Democrats regain both houses of Congress whenever that will be(maybe after 2016?), that would certainly be a good thing to bring up as a progressive "tweak" to Social Security.   But for now, I don't trust Obama not to make other more regressive "tweaks" if we give him that bargaining room.

    •  Nobody talks about this. (1+ / 0-)
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      Nobody who's got any power over the outcome, anyway. It's like some verboten topic. I truly don't get it.

  •  And Medicare eligibility age!! (5+ / 0-)

    They are going to destroy the lives of thousands with that one.  

    •  I agree with this. However, it is simpler (2+ / 0-)
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      smiley7, aliasalias

      at this moment to concentrate on a narrow message of totally leaving Social Security out of it since it doesn't contribute to the deficit and Harry Reid has already said that he wants Social Security off the table.   So that was my thinking on messaging.

      I know unions will push to leave both SS and Medicare/Medicaid alone.   And I do intend on following up this diary with one on Medicare highlighting oppositions to benefit cuts and raising the eligibility age and that generally any changes to Medicare should be discussed after January.

  •  Thank you for putting this action diary up (2+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO, aliasalias

    Hopefully, President Obama and congress can get the tax on the 2 peocent passed soon and delay negotiations on the deficit  until next year.

    But you are so right, Our No. 1 enemy now is the same old Wall Street crowd that brought the whole world to it's financial knees four years ago.

    The Fix the Debt campaign's agenda is to continue screwing the middle-class and poor; insuring that working men and women remain indebted to their company stores.

    NPR  interviewed a Fix the Debt CEO last evening who said the sky is falling, "higher taxes on the rich will kill jobs and we can't afford entitlements."

    And NPR reported that: The Center for American Progress is pushing a new $500 billion cut to Medicare and advocating other unwarranted changes.

    Are the folks at the Center running for congress in 2014?

    We need no help from these dinos in deficit negotiations.

    We need a large stimulus instead, no cuts to any social program. We are still reeling from the effects of the Robber Baron "depression."

    We are the wealthiest country on earth and the battle before us is a question of priories. The rich and corporations have the resources they stole from us, $16 Trillion; time to take the money back, period.

    Quit your smooth propaganda rich folk, we ain't buying it this go round.

    Invest in the country that made you billionaires for a change.

    Under the guise of "fair and balanced," the Bowles led, Fix the Debt campaign have seats at the Big WH table and throughout the MSN; appearing on all major TV networks and NPR.

    We must not relent, we beat Karl and his millions and we can beat these dudes, too.

    Excellent diaries about the Fix the Debt can be found on Kos.

    Why not linking to their website and have a good look around; knowing our enemy may help defeat him. The White House and our good members of Congress need our support and it's now or never.
    Another take action diary here: Hat tip divineorder

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:39:58 AM PST

  •  Please put K.I.S.S. Talking Points in Diary (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm afraid I'm too dim to figure out what to say when I contact people in government.


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