Tell Sen. Durbin: Don't sell us out on Social Security and Medicare

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Tell Sen. Durbin: Don't sell us out on Social Security and Medicare

The petition reads:
"Sen. Durbin: Don't sell us out by putting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits on the chopping block. Benefit cuts are completely unnecessary and would come at the expense of seniors and the most vulnerable members of our society. These programs are too important and too successful to allow benefit cuts to be used as a bargaining chip with Republicans."

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Dear 5849376,

Sen Durbin: Don't sell us out!

This past weekend, Sen. Dick Durbin, the second most powerful Democrat in the Senate, appeared on Fox News Sunday and told host Chris Wallace that he would support cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits as part of a grand bargain with Republicans.

These vital and hugely successful programs deserve to be strengthened and expanded, not cut. But the Republicans are longstanding opponents of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and have been waging an unrelenting, decades-long assault to destroy, defund or privatize these programs.

The last thing we need is a powerful Democrat, especially one like Sen. Durbin who claims to care about these programs, going on national television and saying he's open to making a deal with the Republicans that includes benefit cuts.

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After standing unified in the shutdown and debt ceiling fight, the Democrats are in a great negotiating position with Paul Ryan and the House Republicans. It is mindboggling that they would move from a position of strength to a position of weakness so quickly.

We need to send a message to Sen. Durbin that this kind of behavior is unacceptable.

But when we put pressure on Sen. Durbin, it also sends a message to other Senate Democrats and to President Obama, who has been close with Sen. Durbin since they served together as the two senators from Illinois.

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Not only did Sen. Durbin keep the door open to benefits cuts, he also parroted the misleading talking points of those who are committed to cutting Social Security and Medicare saying:

Social Security is gonna run out of money in 20 years.

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If we don't focus on the health care and dealing with the entitlements, the baby boom generation is going to blow away our future. We don't want to see that happen.

As Senator Durbin knows, the Social Security trust fund was pre-funded by the Baby Boomers, to the tune of $2.7 trillion dollars, in order to help pay for their retirement. But Social Security can never run "out of money" because it has a constant stream of dedicated tax revenue.

And to the extent that we're worried about it being able to pay 100% of scheduled benefits decades from now, the solution shouldn't involve slashing already too-small benefits.

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Cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits is deeply unpopular across the political spectrum.

Not to mention, agreeing to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits would almost certainly torpedo the Democrats' approval ratings and erase any electoral advantage they gained due to the shutdown.

Sen. Durbin is a powerful leader within the Senate and within the Democratic Party. We can't let him think it's acceptable to offer up benefit cuts, regardless of whether the offer is earnest or part of some stratagem.

These programs are too important to be used as bargaining chips. And we need to speak out to make sure he knows that we won't sit down and stay quiet while he -- or any other Democrat -- does so.

Tell Sen. Durbin: Don't sell us out. Click the link below to automatically sign the petition:

Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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