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Received this e-mail today from Social Security Works:
We have spent years building a movement to fight against Wall Street’s attempts to cut our earned benefits. The threat is still sky-high, but now we have an opportunity to go on offense. As we all know, the best defense is a good offensive.

Now is the time to EXPAND Social Security, not cut it! Support Senator Tom Harkin's bill to expand our Social Security system for everyone by around $800 a year:

Washington politicians are still pursuing a “grand bargain” that will cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans’ benefits to pay for the fact that Wall Street crashed the economy. After years that have seen home values plummet and 401k’s look more like 201k’s, Social Security remains the rock that we can all count on. We must build on our successful system, not dismantle it piece by piece.

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin speaks to fellow Democrats prior to keynote speaker Ed Rendell, at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa.  (AP Photo/Steve Pope)
Support Sen. Harkin's bill to expand Social Security for everyone by around $800 a year:

Over the last few years, our movement has beaten every commission, gang, sequester and supercommitee that Wall Street sent to cut our Social Security system. Because of your voices, we have beaten them back time and again.

Now is the time to go on offense and take the fight directly to Wall Street.

Thank you for your support,

Michael Phelan,
Social Security Works

p.s. Now you can help Social Security Works keep up the fight for all of our benefits by making a small donation:

You can click here to sign the petition:

Harkin has also teamed up Senator Bernie Sanders (I. VT) who is working on getting more Senators to reject the chained CPI:

I need your help.

Republicans, some Democrats, and President Obama are pushing a backdoor way to make substantial cuts in Social Security and benefits for disabled veterans -- a concept called chained consumer price index, or “chained CPI.”

Incredibly, they are arguing that the cost of living adjustments that seniors receive for Social Security are too generous.  That’s nonsense.  I, and many economists, believe they are not generous enough.

Recently, 17 colleagues and I joined Senator Tom Harkin to introduce a resolution stating our strong opposition to the use of chained CPI.

That means there are 81 other Senators who have not signed that resolution to prevent cuts to Social Security.  These senators need to hear from you -- today.

Please join me and our friends at Progressives United in calling your senators and asking them to sign the resolution today opposing the use of chained CPI:

If a chained CPI goes into effect, seniors who are 65 now will receive $650 less a year at age 75 and $1,000 less a year at age 85. Veterans who started receiving VA disability benefits at age 30 would have their benefits reduced by over $3,000 a year at age 65.  We must not allow that to happen.

Today, the wealthiest people in America are doing phenomenally well, corporate profits are soaring and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider and wider.  At a time when the middle class is disappearing, we must not balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor.  We must not cut Social Security and other programs of enormous importance to the American people!

Today, the effective corporate tax rate is at its lowest level since 1972, and 1 out of 4 profitable corporations pays nothing in federal income taxes.  We are losing about $100 billion a year in revenue as major corporations stash their profits in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens.  We need a budget that ends these outrageous loopholes and demands that corporate America accepts its responsibility to help with deficit reduction.

Please, call today and urge your senator to reject any budget that includes chained CPI, or cuts Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid:

Thank you for fighting to protect the middle class.


Senator Bernie Sanders

Click here if you want to call your Senator:


Originally posted to pdc on Wed May 15, 2013 at 08:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Pushing back at the Grand Bargain, In Support of Labor and Unions, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, and Social Security Defenders.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Just to make it most (7+ / 0-)

    clear for those who can't hit the links provided in the diary. Harkin's common sense proposals are:

        Strengthen Benefits by Reforming the Social Security Benefit Formula: To improve benefits for current and future Social Security beneficiaries, the Act changes the method by which the Social Security Administration calculates Social Security benefits. This change will boost benefits for all Social Security beneficiaries by approximately $70 per month, but is targeted to help those in the low and middle of the income distribution, for whom Social Security has become an ever greater share of their retirement income.

     Ensure that Cost of Living Adjustments Adequately Reflect the Living Expenses of Retirees: The Act changes the way the Social Security Administration calculates the Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA). To ensure that benefits better reflect cost increases facing seniors, future COLAs will be based on the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E). Making this change to Social Security is expected to result in higher COLAs, ensuring that seniors are able to better keep up with the rising costs of essential items, like health care.

     Improve the Long Term Financial Condition of the Trust Fund: Social Security is not in crisis, but does face a long-term deficit. To help extend the life of the trust fund the Act phases out the current taxable cap of $113,700 so that payroll taxes apply fairly to every dollar of wages.

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Wed May 15, 2013 at 08:08:37 AM PDT

    •  Using CPI-E and changing bend pts to favor (1+ / 0-)
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      lower income seniors is a really good idea.

      At this time I will not support phasing out the cap. Lets see how the economy is in 10 or 12 years, at which time raising the cap will still be a viable solution, if need be.

      Phasing out the cap will be hammered by the GOP, a net work exec making 20 million will pay an additional 550k each year, as will their employer...., creating a 14k monthly benefit fore ever changes SS.

      .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Wed May 15, 2013 at 10:24:29 AM PDT

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  •  What's the bill number? (2+ / 0-)
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    New Rule, elwior

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Wed May 15, 2013 at 08:24:07 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for posting / sharing. (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, opinionated

    It's good to see positive progressive proposals, and not just the Regressive FUD / Opposition Outrage of the hour.  
    Lather, rinse, repeat.  Helps move the Overton Window over time.

    ( Per Troubadour's diary )

    "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

    by New Rule on Wed May 15, 2013 at 08:30:02 AM PDT

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