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Chart showing how many people are lifted out of poverty with government assistance.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a good reminder in advance of a House Budget Committee hearing on poverty, and with President Obama's renewed focus on middle-class opportunities. Without public assistance programs including Social Security, 40 million more people, including 9 million children, would be living in poverty now.

Meanwhile:

Republicans and the White House both agree on proposals to cut Social Security known as chained CPI, referring to reduced payments to beneficiaries because of how annual cost-of-living adjustments are calculated. And the two sides seem to be on the same page regarding reducing benefits that wealthy seniors now receive from entitlement programs, a proposal known as means testing.
The chained CPI wouldn't just hit senior citizens, but also children, those who receive direct survivors benefits and who are in families with parents or guardians who receive disability payments. More than four million children live in households receiving Social Security payments.

This is a benefit cut millions of Americans, and thus the national as a whole, just can't afford to make. If President Obama and the Congress really want to save the middle class, they should be strengthening programs that keep people out of poverty, starting with Social Security.

Please join with Daily Kos and Campaign for America's Future by signing our petition telling every member of Congress to increase Social Security benefits by passing The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 12:22:47 PM PDT

  •  The 16 countries ranked ahead of us in HPI... (2+ / 0-)
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    milkbone, Shockwave

    would agree with "strengthening programs". They all have far superior social programs in place.

    By the way...we could use the $20 billion given to dead people in farm subsidies over the last few years for some of these programs.

  •  Chained CPI would hit military benefits, too. (3+ / 0-)
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    Los Diablo, JesseCW, Shockwave

    Chained CPI is an austerity program.  It takes money out of the main street economy.  Austerity is bad for the economy.  Even Larry Summers and the IMF admit that.  SS doesn't add a penny to the deficit.  

  •  SO, (0+ / 0-)

    Obama goes on tour lamenting income inequality while his team pursues more cuts to the safety net via cuts to social security.    He must think we believe that the thumb between his fingers is really our nose.

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren 2016

    by dkmich on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 11:24:57 AM PDT

    •  When I was growing up (1+ / 0-)
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      What helped me the most was the number of free services and educated parents.  There was not necessarily a lot of money, but I could get places and do stuff for basically nothing.  Free cultural shows in the summer, free zoo, free museums, I can go on and on.  Cheap transportation

      What we have now is a situations where kids never leaves their homes, and cable TV and video games provide all the education and culture.  McDonals provides nutritional support.  If kids go to an event, it is overtly supported by the various companies who want hook young adults on various drugs and junk food, so any extra money they might have will go to the fims and the kids will not be able to climb the economic ladder.

      The safety net program is absolutely critical, but only one piece of the puzzle.  We have lost many of the other pieces.  One thing we do have is affordable health care that will reduce the chances that a kid will become dependent as a young adult, or an older person become dependent due to a health issue.

      •  Hard to get kids to the zoo (0+ / 0-)

        when both parents are at work, and zoos are no longer free.   Detroit Zoo charges $14 for one adult.  Only ones that get in free are under two.   And then there's parking.

        There was a much deeper sense of community and family once upon a time.   Schools nurtured and taught.   Now they're corporate mills turning out good little low wage workers.  Kids use to go out in morning and mom would say, "be sure you're home for lunch".  Today, kids have to put on all of their armor just to play in the driveway or backyard.  They can't go anwhere alone because a stranger could take them.  

        Yep, things are definitely different; and I don't think better.  

        What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren 2016

        by dkmich on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 01:19:11 PM PDT

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  •  Republicans will not be happy (2+ / 0-)
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    until those 40 million are street people.  The ironic thing is many people who will lose much from R policies vote for them, cause racial hatred  trumps their own needs.

    And so it goes.

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 11:26:09 AM PDT

    •  They vote for them, or don't vote, because what (1+ / 0-)
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      was once a Workers Party is now catering to soft-handed twits who spend their time looking for low income white folks to kick in the face.

      Very very few people will vote for parties filled with bigots who hate them.  That's why, despite the fact that the African American community is 25% "Conservative", Republicans get none of their votes.

      It's also why poor rural whites won't vote for Democrats today.

      Mr. Universe is a known degenerate Robotophile, and his sources include former Browncoat Traitors. What is their agenda in leaking top secret information about the Reavers and endangering us all?

      by JesseCW on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 11:32:17 AM PDT

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      •  I know you believe that, but it was race (1+ / 0-)
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        that drove many whites out of the Democratic Party.  

        it would be nice if what you said was true,  Easy.  Then all we do is move the Dems left and all the working class bigots come home.  

        I think the reality is far different.  

        George Wallace voters in 1968 voted on race.  

        By the way, when was the Democratic Party a "Workers Party"?  FDR?  It represented a lot of people.  Truman broke strikes.    

        The Democrat Party had an alliance with labor for a time, but big labor sat out 1972 over Vietnam.

        I agree that Dems moved righward starting in the 1980s, but that was in response to Reagan.   Working class white folks loved them some Reagan, as he screwed them without vaseline.

        Did working people leave Dems in 1994 over NAFTA? Or was it the tax increase Clinton passed.  Or healthcare.

        I prefer people like Sherrod Brown or Jeff Merkley, but I also don't think we should even begin to chase white rural voters.  Unless you want to through away women's rights, civil rights for Africna Americans, Latinos, GLBTers.

        So I don;t see where the Dems are "looking for white low income voters to kick in the face."  

           

        Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

        by TomP on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 11:40:09 AM PDT

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  •  Well this has to be disappointing for the GOP (0+ / 0-)

    types.

    I suspect this report will provide impetus for them to re-double their efforts - with the full support of the likes of Mother Teresa who was really big on the suffering of the poor.

    It's a good character builder!

  •  I signed the petition but I feel guilty, I don't (0+ / 0-)

    mean it to seem self-serving.  I'm 67 working full-time, getting SS starting at 66 (last July).  But I know well there are many who need it far more than I do...and they get less because they made less and paid in less.
    The best thing we could do for SS is remove the cap...every year for at least the past 15, I get paid more net in the last few weeks of the year because I've gone over the SS maximum.  There should be no maximum...I'd be very happy to get paid the same year-round.

  •  Dammit, no! (0+ / 0-)

    I'm retiring in 8 days.  I got divorced, lost my house and went bankrupt 25 years ago.  For 20 years I worked long hours, did without (but still helped put 2 kids thru college) and saved every penny so I would have retirement funds.

    2008 - the banksters stole 40% of what I had saved.

    2009 - my employer decides to get rid of the pension.  After a lot of yelling and pointing out that some of us have spend 20 years depending on the pension, I get $20K in my 403B (I had both, but still the pension is going to pay me about $1200 less per year than it would have.)

    2013 - having survived all the above, now they want to cut back on my benefit.  No fucking way!

    (And I know, in spite of all I said, that I am one of the lucky ones - I can afford to retire, just not as comfortably as I had planned.)

  •  Chained CPI is catfood for everyone (0+ / 0-)

    Sooner or later, the consumer choice is canned mackerel vs. Little Friskies.

    Chained CPI will give all of us that choice, sooner or later.

    “Americans are fighters. We're tough, resourceful and creative, and if we have the chance to fight on a level playing field, where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot, then no one - no one - can stop us. ”-- Elizabeth Warren

    by Positronicus on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 12:11:56 PM PDT

  •  Context of Politico article... (0+ / 0-)

    This diary quotes the following from Politico, as if it is represents actual news:

    Republicans and the White House both agree on proposals to cut Social Security known as chained CPI, referring to reduced payments to beneficiaries because of how annual cost-of-living adjustments are calculated. And the two sides seem to be on the same page regarding reducing benefits that wealthy seniors now receive from entitlement programs, a proposal known as means testing.
    However, the next paragraph (not quoted in the diary) of the Politico article makes it clear that absolutely nothing has changed:
    But the White House wants new taxes in exchange for those entitlement cuts, something at which the GOP continues to balk.
    In other words, the White House "offer" of concessions on chained CPI and means testing are still tied to the poison pill (for Republicans) of higher taxes.

    While I really do wish that the White House would just take the chained CPI and means testing off the table completely, it doesn't seem likely that we'll see any actual action on any of these proposals, as both sides are saying the same things that they were two years ago.

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 12:26:07 PM PDT

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