GOP Senate Majority To Raise Retirement Age, Cut Medicare


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The Republicans have made big promises to their ultra-wealthy financial backers: Should they take the Senate, they promise to cut ‘entitlements’ and pass the savings on with more tax cuts for the 1%.

 

This isn’t fear mongering. This is taking them at their word. Republicans have promised to raise Medicare age and cut Social Security benefits.

 

  • Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who would become chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, proposed legislation to raise the retirement age to 70 and supported President Bush’s plans to privatize the system.

 

  • Representative Bill Cassidy, who hopes to replace Mary Landrieu as senator from Louisiana, has pledged to raise the retirement age to 70 and turn Medicare into a voucher program.

 

  • Senators Ron Johnson and Ted Cruz both refer to Social Security as a “Giant Ponzi Scheme.” Cruz went further, going on the record with the Texas Tribune for privatization. As Texas solicitor general, he even sued the federal government to strike down Medicare’s prescription benefit.

 

  • Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said he’d prefer “savings in entitlement programs rather than defense spending.”

 

 

 

Campaign for America’s Future has defeated similar bad ideas before. We’ve done it when Democrats are in charge, and we’ve done it when Republicans held all three branches of government.

 

Can you make a donation of $15 today to help us in this fight? We are now pushing to EXPAND, not cut Social Security. And we are gearing up the alliances, and strategies needed to meet the coming attacks. We will not accept any cuts to benefits older Americans have earned.

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In 2010, Representative Paul Ryan and House Republicans tried to use their new majority in the House to raise the retirement age and cut benefits. We fought back and prevented a “Grand Bargain.” Right-wing GOPers wore their folly around their necks in the 2012 election and it helped re-elect Barack Obama.

In 2015, the assault is likely to be a retirement age of 70 and yet another attempt to replace Medicare with vouchers.

We will not let them savage Americans who are vulnerable because of retirement or disability.

To do this, we need your help. Can you contribute $15 to help us gird for the fight we face? Join us as we work for a country that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and privileged.

Expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.


a repost from 12/2013

Expand Social Security, Medicare, the ACA and Medicaid. Don’t cut them.

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have lifted many Americans out of poverty and provided health and retirement security for millions of seniors and people with disabilities. When its health coverage takes effect next month, the Affordable Care Act is about to become the fourth pillar of American health and economic security.

But our work isn’t done. Please join Health Care for America Now and USAction and tell Congress: We should be expanding our social safety net, not cutting it.

For years, Republicans have been intent on trimming Social Security and Medicare benefits even as medical costs have skyrocketed and savings and pensions have been whittled away. In 25 states GOP leaders have attacked the Affordable Care Act’s critically important expansion of Medicaid, preventing millions from getting the health care they need. They make the ridiculous argument that we can’t afford health security. We are the richest nation on earth, and we can afford to make sure everyone has something as basic as health care.

Will you write to your representative in Congress to say we can boost benefits for seniors and ensure these life-saving programs last for generations to come? We can do this if Congress has millionaires pay their fair share into Social Security and if drug companies stop ripping off Americans.

Tell Congress: Expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Don’t cut them.

Thanks,

Will O’Neill Health Care for America Now

The answer is not in black or white


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On the evening of April 4, 1968, King was fatally shot while standing on
the balcony of a motel in Memphis, where he had traveled to support a 
sanitation workers’ strike. In the wake of his death, a wave of riots
swept major cities across the country, while President Johnson declared a
national day of mourning

If you have time for a Day of Action in memory of   MLK Jr.iamaman

Just another rant …

As fights against discrimination in all its forms breaks out all over the U.S. one has to wonder if voters are drinking the Republican fear mongering kook aid instead of putting “We the People”  ahead of Lobbying groups that arm their current or next elections with $$$. In a place that has always welcomed and or cared for the poor, single mom’s with kids, the constitution; specifically the 14th Amendment, immigration, women’s , senior citizens and worker rights when the need is clear with votes on the Floor of Congress in the House. Now, has a new look  called the Republican Tea Party with even more ugly Colonial ways and ideologies on issues like – Race, Religion and the rights of its people. The GOP, say they speak for the people yet have decided to ignore the polls unless it’s against the Obama admin or democratic election races, they spent $24billion of the people’s money, called a shutdown when it was clearly a tantrum that can only hurt American in the long term.  I used to think all we had to worry about was what side of the political aisle these righties stood on and how many actually needed to be voted out of Congress. Now, it is all about what State and social program will they cut, slash or burn while pitting the upper and middle class against the working class while eliminating those in need as well.   The fact is 1 out 6 people live in poverty and 20% … let me say that again, 20% of our American children live in poverty and for an ultra-rich country that information should offend&outrage us all. If you listen to conservative media speak; because it is clear they control the airwaves …  the lines of fair or balanced news and behavior becomes blurry leaving the voter confused or having taken the fear mongering to heart and vote against their own best interest. If the GOP gets their way, if Sanitationworkers

they complete their mission, the only ones standing will be those who claim to be a member of the Republican Tea Party.

So, if you have been one of those folks normally sitting out the Mid-terms … don’t let #Election2014 be another 2010! … Well, MidTerms turned out to be another 2010, and so goes that thing we say … Those that voted against their own best interest will get what they paid for and the rest of us will suffer … sigh

 We the People cannot allow that to happen ….

 We all know that programs like Social Security, Medicaid as well as Medicare; considered Mandatory Spending accounting for almost 60% of federal expenditures and yes, they definitely are in need of reform but not elimination. The current crazy offensive fiscal attacks by Republicans do not seem to be because of the deficits we are facing but a brazen attempt to privatize these programs, get a copy of the Ryan Budget and be informed. Most people in the U.S. know the big three need updating but Republicans are not going to update or reform them of waste abuse and fraud  or  expand them either. The plan is to split them up into pieces where premiums and prices probably will have absolutely no regulation of or caps on how high or how often the costs could rise. I have to ask, didn’t Republicans learn a single thing from our near collapse and do these new tea party members of Congress just have a big itch to see what exactly happens when a government falls apart.

What we have here, what we have all been watching is the destruction of our government as we know it, seemingly trying to change it into a new Republican Tea Party based on a “family values platform”  which includes and is not limited to banning Choice suppressing the Vote eliminating Social Services among many other things.

It is a disturbing and truly rude awakening watching and listening to how a generation of folks seem to want to turn back the clock to segregation jim crow and poll tax.

We all know heritage month really is everyday … least we say Black   Brown or Yellow History Month  … right?

photo from: The internet

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Climate deniers …


 

Published on May 11, 2014

marco rubio this week abc on climate change. “I don’t agree with the notion that some are putting out there — including scientists — that somehow, there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what’s happening in our climate,” Rubio insisted. “Our climate is always changing. And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research, and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend that’s directly and almost solely attributable to manmade activity.”

“I don’t know of any era in world history where the climate has been stable,” he added. “Climate is always evolving. Natural disaster have always existed.”

“But let me get this straight,” Karl interrupted. “You do not believe human activity — C02 — has caused warming to our planet?”

“I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientist are portraying it,” Rubio said. “And I do not believe the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except, it will destroy our economy.”

Watch the video below from ABC’s This Week, broadcast May 11, 2014.
description from rawstory

CPAC Speech

 

 

 

 

Who truly represents the Tea Party movement


teapartya repost … kinda how im feeling right about now in rant form

I will spare you the other … rather offensive photos of tea party members

My opinion about the tea party movement…the implications and the people who are responsible for their actions

How could anyone promote and vote for a person to be the President of the free world who clearly feels they could only represent a select few, a specific people. My only conclusion is that it could be and would be truly an un-American thing to do… We the People should always be aware of that when voting for the President of the USA, because they represent all Americans not a few, some or a select group

A person who believes and practices exclusion, discrimination, sexism, racism should never be allowed or considered the leader of the free world

The only thing I see, hear or understand about people in this so-called tea party movement is anger, fear mongering and hate. I have not heard anyone from the movement be specific about what big government means to them and when they try to explain it the only information they  have, has been personal issues that have impacted their entire lives by our crashing economy, which, if anyone has common sense? The crash affected all of us.

I watched marches with nasty words about the President, signs with nasty pictures of the President, as well as people dressed in costumes that represented a time when both women and minorities were not treated well, I saw mostly white faces angry about the country being taken over by a Black man who quite possibly could be a socialist. These ideas were implied, promoted and provoked by Sarah Palin several times during the 2008 campaign for President. The right and or extreme right is definitely upset they are not in charge, they also feel a personal threat over the fact that our population in the United States is growing in numbers for minorities.  The notion that Republicans want to bring in more people into their base definitely is not an invitation to minorities, even when Michael Steele was RNC chair it is obvious his party, who still gave purity tests is a party of exclusion. They only accept a select few and if you pay attention to the words of Republicans, they do not believe in compassion for others. I do not know about you but we could really use a little social-ism right about now.

I still do not understand what Republicans stand for. How in the 21st Century, can promoting exclusion be acceptable?  It is obvious they want the government out of their lives until they need it, yet feel they have a right to tell women what they can do with their bodies among so many other offensive things. I know no one is perfect but folks need to be reminded of that C’street group members serving as Public Office unable to Separate Church and State.  I ask everyone to remember the people of Uganda, maybe in other countries as well. I would call for an investigation into just what are Public Servants doing in Uganda promoting religious exclusion and or something even more sinister.

Most conservative and or tea party members want to get rid of Medicare, Medicare, Social Security, which are all entitlements; my question is how most of their parents would or grandparents live if not for these programs? I just do not understand.  I believe my first encounter of the tea movement, which had no party name that I knew of were the words that came out of the mouth of Sarah Palin at her VP speeches.  I watched her mock then Senator Obama, chastised people for believing in change that would come from a man that pals around with terrorists, which was an outright lie, implied that he was not born in America, that he was a socialist. My first thought was she and others running for Public Service should not be so reckless because she was only talking to a certain group,  relaying her message to only a select few and calling on them to vote for her, then I realized that this was her purpose. I was offended, I still am.

Now, the voices of or from the tea party have seats in Congress. I have to be honest, the tent of democrats is a lot larger and when people say there are extremes on the left as well? I ask, what kind of extreme are they talking about because Socialism aims to help everyone out without a class system. I have to say,  the last ten or so years of the House of Bush Whitehouse was life on the sidelines working 40hrs a week,  working overtime too and not getting wage increases, accepting better healthcare than a wage increase. It was during the Bush years that corporations started flexing their muscles, no increases but you can keep your healthcare.   I do not think tea party folks truly understand what they want, if it is a step teapartymarchcredo or two beyond what Republicans stand for then, at least for me, we are in great trouble.

The Bush administrations gave 2tax cuts to the wealthy and did not pay for it, he committed to two wars and these were not paid for. The spending that Bush did, drained the government surplus, which was left to him by a democratic President, not perfect himself, but he did leave a surplus.  It is years later, Bush had 2terms and I still cannot think of anything positive this man did.  I’m not in the top 2% so I definitely didn’t enjoy the wealth, the wars did not make sense to me ,9/11 still makes no sense to me, my personal opinion is that this event was used to go into war; there had been some negative interaction with bush1 and Saddam; it’s just my own feelings but the embarrassment was not forgotten, an incident with Iraq and bush2 with or without the twin tower incident and 3000 dead would have happened one way or another, again, it’s my opinion, no facts. Today, we have a President who has changed the way the world sees us, he has extended a hand of peace, a willingness to talk. Not my way or no way as our previous one did; this is a good thing but that would be eliminated if republicans and or their fringy element called teabaggers get into office.

Remember when Tancredo, who comes from a family of immigrants made comments about our President that was without a doubt offensive, first thought was words of hate are lethal, words hurt, they are offensive when used in such a way as Tancredo did; but what really scared me was that he received applause from the crowd of racists? people who want exclusion?

If the following people are teabag supporters, like Thom Tancredo, Sarah Palin, Scott brown, roger ailes,glenn beck, dick armey  it’s obvious we all need to watch out, the American people should be speaking up and out.

The struggle continuesteapartypic

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the comments below are, i guess from tea party people

if you believe in passing around everyone else’s money then i will call you socialist. and rightfully so. and to call things labels instead of what they really are, definitions, then that will be new to me.

the gap between haves and have none is there for a reason. those who have are the ones who worked for it, probably went to college, possibly had a few breaks along the way. none of my business. thats how capitalism works. If you believe its alright for a president to take other people’s money and give it to whoever he wants than that is foolish.

have you ever been employed by a poor person? do poor people create jobs? i can assure you that demonizing companies is not the way to go. trickle down economy works for every one. the other option is trickle up poverty. im not rich but i do see the benefit of letting people keep their own money.

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1) one of THE richest people in the world has not only backed, but orchestrated, Obama’s rise into the White House. Go preach to George Soros (and all of rich elitist Hollywood AND those in this country’s 1% who supported this Lenin in Kenyan’s clothing) how THEY should smear around ALL their “haves” to those who “have-not” … which has really become code word for “envy” and “jealousy” and, yes, “greed” … The fact remains, Obama raised and spent more money than any other presidential candidate in the history of this country. In less than 6 months he has spent more money … OUR fucking money! Our next handful of generations’ money … than ALL our presidents combined … seems the man is damn good at spending money that is not his … and rather stupidly and greedily.

2) You obviously “have”, or you wouldn’t be in front of a computer and on the internet spewing your self-guilt. If YOU are so sold on socialism and forcing the “haves” to give to the “have-nots” (code word for too fucking lazy and arrogant to get an actual job and work their way UP) then STFU, take EVERYTHING you possess and own, and go out right this minute and give it all away to people who have less than you do …

Better yet, let’s just let someone come into your possessions, money, refrigerator, etc … and take it all from you and spread it all around.

Then come on back and tell us all how that worked out for you … Let us all know if any progress was made … any incentive to new innovations and wealth was created.

YOUR way and Obama’s way have failed over and over again and again around the world. You communist/Marxist/socialists just are in a major and dangerous state of denial.

Keep your hands off things that do not belong to you.

Curtis H. Graham said 5 months ago:

I agree that we need to take back our country now before
the complete sell out by the Democrats and their news
media, ABC,CBS,NBC,MSNBC, and the other left wing group.
We need to RECALL the PRESIDENT, VICE-PRES., HOUSE
SPEAKER, REID and the rest of the garbage now in office.
DURBIN is another example of the corruption in Washing-
ton, D.C. Thanks for allowing me to express my opinion.

First posted 2/6/2010 …