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Better Off Budget

8.8 MILLION JOBS BY 2017 $4 TRILLION IN DEFICIT REDUCTION During our economy’s best decades, Congress invested in the American workforce and every family was better off for it. But recent years have been dominated by growing inequality and a Republican majority in Congress obsessed with slashing the budget, making it harder for working Americans … Continue reading »

“Makes Absolutely No Sense”: David Cay Johnston on Budget Deal That Helps Billionaires, Not the Poor

A bipartisan budget deal to avert another government shutdown comes before the Senate this week. The vast majority of House members from both parties approved the two-year budget agreement last week in a 332-to-94 vote. It is being hailed as a breakthrough compromise for Democrats and Republicans. The bill eases across-the-board spending cuts, replacing them … Continue reading »

Labor Leaders Call on the Republican Congressmembers to Stop Holding Our Economy Hostage to push Their Agenda

A Government Shutdown:   Rochester, NY: Labor leaders from the Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO are calling on Congressmembers in their districts to reject the House Republicans’ plan to tie the repeal of the Affordable Care Act to any continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown. President of the Rochester Central Labor … Continue reading »

Social Security should be expanded, not cut

Social Security is still the best retirement program we have. Benefits should be increased, paid for by raising or eliminating the payroll tax cap. By Michael Hiltzik Los Angeles Times June 5, 2013 Fear-mongers and other critics of Social Security were silenced — momentarily — by the release last week of the annual trustees’ report … Continue reading »

“Fix the Debt” CEOs Enjoy Taxpayer-Subsidized Pay

A new report by Institute for Policy Studies and Campaign for America’s Future shows that America’s top CEOs are pocketing massive taxpayer subsidies at the same time they’re pushing austerity cutbacks in government programs that benefit ordinary citizens. Go to IPS website Follow @Rebels_Band

Obama, Don’t Step in the GOP Budget Trap

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 14:33 By The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program President Obama, you were a child when it happened, so it’s probably not surprising that you don’t know about it.  But I want to make sure that you do, because, if what I’m hearing about your budget proposal tomorrow is true, you … Continue reading »

Obama’s Social Security Cuts Are Our Wake-Up Call

Obama’s Social Security Cuts Are Our Wake-Up Call  from Campaign for Americas’ Future By Richard Eskow | April 7, 2013 No jobs. No growth. Falling income. Unaffordable colleges. A dying middle class. Young people without hope.  The greatest economic inequality in modern history. And yet, in the midst of the Long Depression, we’re told that … Continue reading »

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Statement on President Obama’s Budget Including Social Security Cuts Washington, DC — It has been reported by the New York Times and others that the president’s budget will definitely include the chained CPI benefit cut to Social Security and other Medicare benefit cuts. The following are statements from the founding co-directors of Social Security Works and the … Continue reading »

Part of the “Grand Bargain” is on the table.

A story in the NYT March 29, 2013 suggest that Obama & the Democratic leadership are talking with Republicans about cuts to Medicare in exchange for “additional revenue.”  It is complicated but may include the following. Medicare Part A (hospital care $1,184 deductible in 2013), which has a high deductible would be merged with Medicare … Continue reading »

Senate Budget

Our letter/petition to Senators Gillibrand and Schumer was faxed Friday evening with 45 signatures. We knew it was late, that the Democratic caucus was split, and that our letter would not sway our Senators’ votes. But it serves to remind them that there are groups like us watching closely. The budget discussion if far from … Continue reading »

Letter to Senators

March 21, 2013 Senator Kristen Gillibrand Washington, DC Office 478 Russell Washington, DC 20510 Fax: (202) 228-0282 and Senator Charles Schumer Washington, DC Office 313 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 Fax: (202) 228-3027 Dear Senator Gillibrand, There are two bills in the Senate that of interest to us that we urge you to … Continue reading »

The United States National Debt — 233 years in the making The biggest contributor to our national debt is war and war preparation. We have such a large national debt because our government has preferred to borrow in order to finance war rather than tax to finance war. Follow @Rebels_Band

Don’t use dependents as political pawns

Democrat and Chronicle, March 13, 2013 Other Voices  The March 3 editorial “Capi­tol failures” mentioned the Simpson-Bowles plan and look­ing at reforms in Social Securi­ty and Medicare as solutions for reducing the debt. Simpson and Bowles, other lobbyists, billionaires and Wall Street CEOs are members of Fix the Debt, a campaign to convince us that … Continue reading »