Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tell Senate Republicans: It's crazy to cut Medicare and Social Security

Subject: Tell Senate Republicans: It's crazy to cut Medicare and Social Security
Dear Friend,

No matter how dire the situation, Senate Republicans seem determined to prove they can act irresponsibly.

Senate Republicans are unanimously supporting a draconian constitutional amendment that they claim will balance the budget, but is really nothing but a cowardly ploy to force devastating cuts to vital social programs, including Social Security and Medicare, while writing into the constitution an impossible requirement -- a two-thirds vote -- to raise taxes.

Last week, in a column called "Getting to Crazy," Paul Krugman closed by noting that "there has been no pressure on the G.O.P. to show any kind of responsibility, or even rationality -- and sure enough, it has gone off the deep end."

I agree. We both need to be part of that pressure. Even if it's unlikely that Republicans will break ranks and do the right thing, we must hold individual Republicans accountable to reality and let them know their constituents see through their fantasy proposals.

I just signed a petition telling Senate Republicans: It's crazy to cut our Social Security and Medicare benefits while protecting the Koch brothers and Paris Hilton from paying their fair share.

I hope you do too. You can find out more and take action at the link below.


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