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We've heard from several of our readers that many of you are contacting the Congress to demand that there be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. Many are forwarding the blogs to their friends and members of their organizations. Others are re-tweeting our tweets.

It is essential that President Obama and Democrats in Congress not make cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid in order to let George Bush tax cuts expire.

Our nation desperately needs the Bush tax cuts over $250,000 to expire to avoid the looming fiscal crisis.

But we cannot countenance tax breaks for the wealthy in exchange for the death and/or misery of our seniors and disabled people.
Bush gave those tax cuts for no good reason, just his own political fortunes, a desire to starve our federal government, and a favor to his richest friends.

On the other hand Social Security was started in the 1930's to keep our seniors from dying in desperate poverty. Medicare and Medicaid were started in 1965 make sure seniors and disabled people have medical care when they need it.

Those tax cuts over $250,000 are not important. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are essential for the lives of many of our fellow Americans.

How could a Republican be "pro-life" if (s)he is willing to sacrifice programs that keep people alive for the sake of tax cuts that the rich don't need?

Saving these programs is essential to our campaign and movement to reduce inequality. No one deserves to be filthy rich when others are starving or dying for lack of healthcare.

Please call your Senators and Members of the House of Representatives and tell them no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid!

THE PHONE NUMBER IS 202-224-3121. And you can call after hours.


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Comment Preferences

  •  We need all the tax cuts to expire then we need to (4+ / 0-)

    go to work on the tax code and make the rich and corporate America pay their fair share.  We can then adjust the middle class tax structure accordingly so that we can afford the investment we need in infrastructure and education and research/innovation.  We are woefully behind other developed nations and it is time to make hard choices, we need to cut defense spending drastically, reform Medicare to help drive health care costs down and change the corporate welfare gravy train and the wealthy boondoogle.  I understand that if we incorporated Warren Buffet's plan, we would raise a trillion over 10 years, that is a very good start.

  •  the Bush Tax Cuts were sold in 2001 as producing (4+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, Sunspots, bear83, MPociask

    a surplus that would benefit Social Security and Medicare. Whaddaya think?
    Did it turn out that way?

  •  No cuts to unemployment, WIC, food stamps, (1+ / 0-)
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    We have homeless people living in tent cities now, still-housed ones with no heat in our winter, kids and others without enough food, people who can't get necessary medications of medical treatment.


    No more trading people's lives for Goldman Sachs profits.  NO MORE.

  •  You have to give them something (0+ / 0-)

    Obama will have to give Boehner something. SS is off the table, so cuts will have to come from somewhere. Probably defense and domestic spending can be cut equally.
    I expect nothing will get done until DEC 31st like always, nothing ever gets done until the last second.

    •  Doing nothing is an option (0+ / 0-)

      Let the tax cuts expire 12/31.

      The question Democrats need to consider is: Which is worse, the austerity bomb or cuts to Medicare & Medicaid?

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 08:32:11 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Yes let all the damn tax cust expire (1+ / 0-)
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    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 08:28:09 AM PST

  •  Because "pro-life" doesn't mean pro-life to GOP (0+ / 0-)

    It means "I want to control women's sexual habits and reproductive rights since I can't force them out of the workforce and back into the kitchens and bedrooms of the 1950s."
    GOP - Right to life from conception to birth, after then, you're on your own.

    America is a COUNTRY, not a CORPORATION. She doesn't need a CEO. Vote Obama.

    by manneckdesign on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 08:43:27 AM PST

  •  I think I understand conservatism better... (0+ / 0-)
    Conservatism is not a political philosophy, not an ideology, not a world view; it is a vice. All of its manifestations—refusal to pay taxes, intolerance of opposing viewpoints, pugnaciousness, "small government" anti-federalism, xenophobia, tribalism, and so forth—all of them are simply different faces of selfishness.
    There's a certain evilness to it, how else can you explain that tax cuts for the wealthy are more important than services for the poor.

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:17:01 AM PST

  •  Cut Medicaid 31.5% (0+ / 0-)

    Propose that.  Propose it to every senior citizen and their children in the Replublicans' districts.

    31.5% is the proportion of Medicaid paid to skilled nursing homes for seniors and the disabled.  The amount is up to 60% in some states.

    Propose that with the explanation included.  Stand back for the screams of protest.

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