My mom is on Social Security. That's all she's got, and she needs every dime of that. I try to fill in the gaps as best I can. If President Obama strikes a deal with Boehner and the GOP that reduces the amount of Social Security my mother gets each month in exchange for extending the middle class tax cuts, my family is going to end up making up the difference for Mom.
Either way, the middle class pays. But if we go over the "Fiscal Cliff", Congress fixes things up starting in January. If they change the way inflation is calculated so that my mother gets less in her Social Security checks going forward, even as her daily expenses increase (there's a lot Medicare doesn't cover, folks), that likely a permanent change.
So many others here have argued that the consequences of going over the "Fiscal Cliff" are minimal. Paul Krugman explains how all the Sturm und Drang over the "Fiscal Cliff" is a lot of hooey.
As a middle class American I would rather see my family's taxes go up than my mom's Social Security used as a bargaining chip.
I want Obama who is "the President of the United States clothed in immense power" to stand firm, and I've told him so. I'm willing to see my taxes go up rather than appease the GOP and risk the Social Security that my mother and millions of other seniors depend on.
Please join me in tweeting Barack Obama:
@BarackObama As middle class American my taxes go up if we go over fiscal cliff. I say fine. Protect Soc Sec for my mom. No deal with GOP.