Contact: Doug Noble (585) 442-3383; Grania Marcus (917) 579-0199
The Band of Rebels Continues the Fight for Fair Deficit Reduction
Cut Corporate Welfare and Tax Loopholes
What: Rally to Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid!
Where: Bank of America, 9 N. Main St. (corner of Main Street and Monroe Avenue), Pittsford
When: Monday, January 28, 2013, 12 -1 PM
Why: The budget maneuvering in Congress continues and we must fight the continued threat to the domestic programs that serve and protect the most vulnerable among us—children, the disabled, the elderly and the unemployed. Remember the end of the “fiscal cliff” scare in December? That ended with a last-minute agreement that saved Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and unemployment insurance, but was larded with another $46 billion in tax loopholes and corporate welfare. Now it’s the “debt ceiling”; just two days ago, the House of Representatives passed a bill that staved off hitting the debt ceiling, which could have put the full faith and credit of the United States government into doubt and potentially set off another economic disaster. Still, congressional leaders are already looking toward the next budget crisis: deep automatic across-the-board spending cuts (“sequestration”) that look increasingly likely to hit all federal agencies on March 1, including Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid funding.
The only thing that has stopped the most painful cuts from happening to date has been the vocal opposition of millions of Americans, including members of the Band of Rebels. We are the ones that are protecting the most vulnerable citizens in the face of incessant corporate lobbying to “Fix the Debt” and the strident voices of right-wing politicians that support them. The Band of Rebels is taking its protest Monday, January 28, to Bank of America, the “symbol” of all that is wrong with the banks and corporations that brought down our economy, enjoy protection from their criminal acts, receive billions in corporate welfare and fail to pay their fair share of taxes because of tax loopholes and off-shoring their assets and profits. Help us fight for our plan for fair deficit reduction achieved by closing tax loopholes, cutting corporate subsidies, taxing Wall Street transactions and cutting the military budget. A copy of the plan can be found at http://band-of-rebels.com/2013/01/04/band-of-rebels-deficit-reduction-plan/.
 Email from the Alliance for Retired Americans, Friday Alert, January 25, 2013, www.retiredamericans.org ; http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/8-huge-corporate-handouts-fiscal-cliff-bill
 Email, Alliance for Retired Americans, January 25, 2013; http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/278983-schumer-sees-budget-as-best-strategy-to-raise-500b-to-600b-in-new-taxes