Ok, if you are like me, you’ve read the news, and watched your favorite round table discussions on the sequester. You’ve heard everything from panicked predictions of hardship to complete indifference. Well, I have had just about enough of this, since it is not necessary at all. Most people don’t need a doomsday deadline to get them to do their jobs, so why should the legislature?
Congress should just repeal sequestration and get back to work.
If I could communicate with them I would say this: GROW UP!! Stop blaming each other, stop yakking at the news outlet cameras, and posturing in preparation for primary season. Continue reading →
So, have you Kids read up on Fix The Debt? The group wasn’t really on my radar, but I decided to poke around after receiving an email from Joe Dinkin. It doesn’t seem quite kosher to me, to denounce or endorse the group’s approach just yet. But, after a quick review, I haven’t seen anything that makes me think Medicare and Social Security are in grave danger, so I don’t feel the need to get behind this particular petition. I’ll get back to you with any updates on my opinion.Feel free to be informative with your comments.
Below is an email from Joe Dinkin of the organization Working Families, who created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.
Dear Rego Park MoveOn member,
“Fix the Debt” is financed by corporate and private equity billionaires and millionaires who have advocated making big cuts to the social safety net and slashing corporate taxes for years. They’re not concerned about working families; they only care about their profit margins. And Mayor Michael Bloomberg is their new co-chair. Continue reading →
What’s up with this loony idea that the deficit cure is to cut programs that help our elders, yet lower corporate tax rates at the same time? This email is of particular interest to those of us living in New York State, and even more so when you have so many friends who rely on Medicare to help them remain independent and healthy.
Dear New York MoveOn member, President Obama and Democrats in the Senate are standing firm on their commitment to end the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest 2%. But they’re all over the place when it comes to protecting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—and that’s unacceptable.
It’s unacceptable to MoveOn members like Catherine W. in North Carolina who wrote in with this personal story:
“I had taught elementary school for 25 years when the brain tumor was discovered. My craniotomy left me disabled. I shudder to think what would have become of me and my family had it not been for Social Security Disability and Medicare. Please do not cut the programs that have given me back life.”
Some Senators, like Bernie Sanders and Tom Harkin, are on the record as standing strong.1 But others, like Senator Charles Schumer, have yet to publicly commit to do right by Catherine and the majority of Americans who voted last month to protect our social safety net. So we’re joining with progressive allies to get every single Senate Democrat on the record, and we’ll make that information accessible to MoveOn members, the media, bloggers, and the public so that we can hold each Senator accountable. Continue reading →
Protests, rallies, and rhetoric designed to kill unions whose workers make this country livable, painting teachers, firemen, police, city workers as part of the reason America has a huge deficit: You could say there has been an inordinate amount of deficit drama since President Obama took office. Which came as a shock to those of us who remember former Vice President Dick Cheney saying “deficits don’t matter” during the Bush administration! Continue reading →
As the 2012 Presidential election approaches many folks are worried about the National Deficit, genuinely angry about fraud, particularly in connection with programs that largely benefit the unemployed, the poor, and the disabled. No one wants any lazy bums to receive money or help they did not work for or may not deserve. They don’t want to subsidize irresponsible baby-factories or shiftless layabout drug addicts just having a good time, on Uncle Sam’s dime. And, I must admit, I do agree that public assistance, Medicaid and food stamps should be short term programs in poor people’s lives, not multi-generational institutions. Continue reading →