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Will Obama sacrifice social security to the Republicans?

As part of the agreed to by all parties ‘government shut down’ congress is contemplating resurrecting elements of President Obama’s so-called ‘grand bargain’. One of the president’s proposals, lifted as many of his ‘ideas’ are from the wish-list of fiscal conservatives intent on ‘ending social security as we know it’ including the Heritage Foundation, would require that social security recipients receive reduced cost of living increases, decreases that compound over time. Meaning, the longer a Parkinson’s patient is sick and relies upon government benefits, the more her social security will diminish. The change to social security that President Obama (D-IL) has proposed is referred to as the “chained CPI”.

Social Security payments to our disabled citizens average $13,548 per year. Social Security payments to America’s retirees average $15,228 per year. More than 53 million Americans receive these small benefits which help to keep them out of poverty. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the chained CPI proposed by President Obama in his 2014 budget will cut Social Security benefits to all recipients. The president calls his plan to reduce social security benefits a “protection,” I call it a pathetic capitulation to America’s wealthiest citizens.

The greedy statisticians who are pushing use of the Chained CPI assert that because of the way inflation is currently assessed, social security recipients are getting too much money; proponents of this scheme to reduce payments to our seniors and disabled assert that social security recipients currently receive an “unearned benefit” and that this, as opposed to unfunded military invasions for example, increases the budget deficit.

As far as I can tally, the average social security yearly payment of $14,388 represents a miniscule 8.2 percent of the congressional ‘take home pay’ of $174,000. Congress persons make $159,612 more than our average social security recipient, and these people think our sick and elderly are making too much? When a retired fire fighter receives $15,228 per year or a sick patient receives $13,548 per year in social security benefits, it is very difficult for me to conceive that there is a way that these deserving Americans are receiving an “unearned benefit.”

82 House Democrats oppose the President’s plan to cut payments to the disabled and seniors.

Contact your Democratic representative today and ask if they support taking money away from the sick and elderly.

Contact the White House and ask why a Democrat would propose cutting benefits to the sick and elderly.

We need to stand for our elders and our disabled neighbors — we need to make sure democratic politicians know that if they support diminishing social security they will LOSE THEIR JOBS.

“Resolve yourself to evolve yourself. Evolve, revolve. Evolution, revolution”  –Lend a hand by #theCCC

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