At tonight’s State of the Union address, the president will likely touch on the social safety net and the need for a “grand bargain” to reduce the deficit. While we were able to push the president away from reducing medicare benefits for the elderly, it appears we have more work to do to communicate that Chained-CPI — which steadily reduces your earned Social Security benefits as you age — is unacceptable, too.
As our elected representatives listen to tonight’s speech, we want them to remember their constituents want to expand, not cut, benefits from these programs. Can you please call your senators and member of congress to oppose any plan that cuts Social Security benefits?
The wide-range of spending cuts and tax hikes known as the ‘sequestration package’ was originally scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013, but was pushed back to March at the last minute. That means we have yet another manufactured crisis to attempt to create the climate necessary to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and it appears the current bargaining chip is switching to the Chained-CPI method for calculating inflation — one of the more savage cuts put forth to date.
This is shameful, and your elected representatives need to know there will be consequences for anyone who wants to discard these benefits earned with a lifetime of labor in exchange for paltry tax increases on the super rich. Benefits should be expanded across the board to help society’s most vulnerable better navigate our wrecked economy.
It’s time to repeat our pledge not to support any politician who facilitates cuts to Social Security benefits. Please call your representatives before tonight’s State of the Union and let them know that if they vote for a “grand bargain” with cuts, they will forfeit your support.