Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Assault on Our Living Standards in Full Gear.

The jobs are leaving. Wages are stagnant. Basic necessities such as food, water and energy prices are skyrocketing. The social safety net is in tatters. Yet, despite the fact that living standards in the US are starting to resemble that of a third world nation, Social Security and Medicare are on the chopping block.  You see, in order to get the debt ceiling increase, Republicans, "the very people who exploded the debt," are demanding the end of the Social Security and Medicare programs, as we know it.  Hoping to resolve this, behind closed doors, before they break for summer vacation (full month of August), the push is on to pass the bill to see what's in it, according to Rosiland Peterson.  Sound familiar?

President Obama and members of the U.S. House and Senate have placed Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block in ongoing debt ceiling negotiations. In these secret negotiations, far away from public enlightenment or debate, deals are being cooked-up to undermine, cut or privatize these important and highly beneficial programs.
Withdrawing government spending literally “takes money out of the economy.” We have a crisis because of lack of demand. Republican solutions of giving the wealthy and corporations even more money and tax cuts obviously will not work because the rich don't create jobs, we do. The rich are already richer than ever, with a greater share of the income and wealth than ever, and giant corporations are already sitting on tons of cash.
Currently, there are seventeen bills pending in either the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate that are related to changes in Social Security. All but two of the seventeen bills undermine Social Security.

H.R. 1052: Social Security Guarantee Act of 2011 Introduced Mar 11, 2011
H.R. 1332: Social Security Fairness Act of 2011 Introduced Apr 1, 2011
H.R. 1118: Social Security Protection Act of 2011 Introduced Mar 16, 2011
S. 582: Social Security Protection Act of 2011 Introduced Mar 15, 2011
H.R. 219: Social Security Preservation Act of 2011 Introduced Jan 7, 2011
S. 123: Social Security Lock-Box Act of 2011 Introduced Jan 25, 2011
 H.R. 149: Social Security Beneficiary Tax Reduction Act Introduced Jan 5, 2011
H.R. 160: Social Security Fairness for the Terminally Ill Act of 2011 Introduced Jan 5, 2011
H.R. 311: Social Security Number Fraudulent Use Notification Act of 2011 Introduced Jan 18, 2011
H.R. 787: No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act of 2011 Introduced Feb 17, 2011
 H.R. 1538: Social Security Identity Defense Act of 2011 Introduced Apr 14, 2011
S. 181: Social Security Totalization Agreement Reform Act of 2011 Introduced Jan 25, 2011
H.R. 1630: Social Security and Medicare Protection Act Introduced Apr 15, 2011
 H.R. 98: Illegal Immigration Enforcement and Social Security Protection Act of 2011 Introduced Jan 5, 2011
S. 804: Social Security Solvency and Sustainability Act Introduced Apr 13, 2011
H.R. 797: No Loopholes in Social Security Taxes Act Introduced Feb 18, 2011
 H.R. 796: Social Security Protection and Truth in Budgeting Act of 2011 Introduced Feb 18, 2011

The Toll Free Telephone Number for all members of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives: (1866) 220-0044

Links:

Debt-Ceiling Deal's Cuts Could Crash Economy

Govtrack


Social Security and Medicare Alert 2011

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