Don't cave on Social Security and the Bush tax cuts

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We need to speak out and make sure the Democratic leadership in Washington D.C. know that no deal is better than a bad deal that throws seniors under the bus and makes permanent Bush's tax cuts for the richest Americans.
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Tell President Obama & Democratic Leadership: No deal that cuts benefits or cuts taxes for the wealthy!

Dear Friend,

It would be nothing short of a massive betrayal if the White House went back on its promise to both protect Social Security benefits and end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans.

But according to recent news reports, President Obama has proposed a clearly unacceptable deal with House Speaker John Boehner that would change the cost-of-living adjustment to reduce Social Security benefits over time and make some of the Bush tax cuts for people making more than $250,000 a year permanent.

Call President Obama and Congressional leadership: Tell them not to make any deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, or cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans. Click here for a sample script and the number to call.

During the campaign season both President Obama and Vice President Biden promised to protect our social security benefits.1 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared last month that Social Security would not be part of any negotiations relating to the budget.2 And, last year Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said House Democrats would not vote for any cuts to future benefits in Medicare or Social Security, including a tweak to the cost-of-living index to cut benefit over time.3

Until this week Democratic leadership had been holding firm on Bush tax cuts with their push to end those tax cuts for people making more than $250,000 a year. There is absolutely no reason for the Democratic leaders to give ground on this issue now by making the Bush tax cuts permanent for people making more than $250,000.

We need to let Democratic leadership know right now that we expect them to keep their promises and that they must not cut any deal that includes cowardly, backdoor cuts to Social Security benefits and make permanent Bush's tax cuts for some of the richest Americans.

Call President Obama and Congressional leadership: Tell them not to make any deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, or cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans. Click here for a sample script and the number to call.

Let's be clear, there are any number of crises that demand urgent action by Congress — the foreclosure crisis, the unemployment crisis, the climate crisis to name just a few — but reducing the deficit isn't one of them.

It's true that without a new deal to decrease the deficit before the end of the year, we'll see the automatic cuts and tax increases start going into effect in January.

But no deal is far better than a bad deal.

If we do nothing, the Bush tax cuts will expire and we'll see automatic, in some cases brutal, cuts to government spending. But these cuts include significant reductions to defense spending while sparing Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits (not to mention a host of programs that help the most vulnerable).

As painful as the status quo might be, it's substantially better than the deals that have been floated thus far.

And it's hard to imagine that President Obama and the Democrats could cut a better deal with Republicans in the next few days than what they could accomplish in the next Congress with more Democrats in the House and the Senate, the Bush tax cuts already expired and (quite possibly) filibuster reform that reduces the power of obstructionist Republicans.

It could be that this is just another trial balloon from D.C. insiders as the negotiations remain fluid. But it could also be the shape of the deal that is soon to come. In either case, we need to shoot down this terrible idea, and do it decisively.

Pick up the phone and tell President Obama and Congressional leadership not to make any deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, or cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

http://act.credoaction.com/r/?r=6994018&id=52316-3362360-pm92eLx&t=8

Thank you for helping us hold the line on Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. Richard (RJ) Eskow, "On Social Security, Say It IS So, Joe!," HuffingtonPost.com, August 16, 2012 and David Dayden, "Obama Campaign "Clarifies" Approach on Social Security," October 6, 2012.
2. Ryan Grim, "Dick Durbin: Social Security Should Be Off The Fiscal Cliff Table [UPDATE]," HuffingtonPost.com, November 27, 2012.
3. Carolyn Lochhead, "Pelosi digs in to the left of Obama in debt battle," the San Francisco Chronicle, July 13, 2012.

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