Skip to main content

Received an email today from U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D. IA) today, aiming to gather signatures urging President Obama to reject any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as part of a "Grand Bargan":
The American public made it clear: Their top priorities are good jobs and a demand-driven, full recovery from the worst economic crisis to hit the country since the Great Depression.

With the so-called "fiscal cliff" looming, we have to ensure that any grand bargain rejects damaging cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid beneficiaries. It must ensure that the most affluent among us pay their fair share and reduce income inequality. It must put Americans back to work and shore up the middle class.

And we must be prepared to accept no deal at all in the short term to get the best deal in the long term.

Now we need your voice to help keep the pressure on as negotiations begin. I, along with like-minded senators, communicated last month to Leader Reid and President Obama to urge that any deal on the so-called cliff reflects these core principles.

Will you join us by adding your name to my petition at DontCaveOnTheCliff.com -- before we deliver it later this month -- and urge President Obama to reject any deal that doesn't do right by the middle class?

The principles that drove President Obama's outstanding victory last month are the same principles I believe should be included in the bargains currently being discussed. It's our job to protect and promote, not harm, our real job creators -- the middle class and those striving to join it.

Here is how I propose we do it:
Reject damaging cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid beneficiaries to stand by the middle class and protect critical lifelines for working families.
Allow tax breaks for the wealthiest two percent to expire and close loopholes benefiting only the wealthy and corporations. The economy grows best from the middle out, not the top down.
Invest in short term spending to spur job creation and get people back to work.
Ensure a 1-to-1 ratio of revenues to cuts to ensure a balanced approach to fixing the deficit.
I understand the need to get this done for the American people. But no deal in the short term is better than a bad deal that hurts working families and slows our economic recovery.

I need your help to share that message and strengthen President Obama's hand without tying his hands.

Will you sign my petition at DontCaveOnTheCliff.com to urge President Obama to stay strong on the fiscal cliff?

Our resounding win at the polls means that we can negotiate balanced and responsible long-term fiscal deficit reduction, while still prioritizing the needs of the middle class and the vulnerable. But I need your voice to help keep those priorities front and center.

Thank you for speaking out and letting President Obama know that we will stand behind him to fight for the best deal -- not the quickest.

Sincerely,
Tom Harkin
U.S. Senator

You can sign Harkin's petition here:
http://www.democratsenators.org/...

Harkin, along with Senator Jay Rockefeller (D. WV), are the lead vocal opponents in the Senate to making any cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.  Lets help them win this battle by signing Harkin's petition.

Also, Harkin will be up for re-election in 2014.  Show his some thanks and help him get ready for 2014:

https://secure.actblue.com/...

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Dailykos Kossacks For Action and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  With all due respect to Sen. Harkin, (2+ / 0-)

    but it's not up to the Prez not to "buckle".  It's up to him and other Dems in Congress not to buckle--to the Republicans (or the Prez is he comes up with something that doesn't jive with our Democrati values).  Constitution 101--the Prez can't sign anything not sent to his desk in this issue.  So really, he needs to direct that to his colleagues, IMHO.

    •  Harkin and Rockefeller are already doing that in (8+ / 0-)

      the Senate but they also want Obama to stand his ground.  I can tell both Harkin and Rockefeller really like Obama and support him all the way but they want him to stand strong.

      Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

      by poopdogcomedy on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:14:47 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yes and where are Senators Franken and Klobuchar? (0+ / 0-)

      Al,

      You keep asking me for money and I expect that's because you are up for reelection.  You better work on Senator Amy because I am holding the entire party responsible.   I will register my opinion on the outcome at the polls in 2014.  That's right, the outcome.  So don't think your vote is enough.  You have to work as hard getting Senator Amy to vote against these cuts as you are working on churning out your fund raising e-mails.

      •  Actually Franken & Klobuchar have been busy (4+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        mindara, cany, cocinero, WakeUpNeo

        making sure the TPP doesn't ship jobs overseas.  Franken is also fighting to protect your privacy (I'll have a diary about this tonight).  He'll get behind this, so will Klobuchar.  But don't punish them if they do the right thing but some Dems don't.  I believe in rewarding politicians who do the right thing at the polls.

        Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

        by poopdogcomedy on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:33:40 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I'll be going scorched earth (0+ / 0-)

          Al better get together with Harkin and stop this train wreck because I will vote on this issue and while it was possible to hold individuals accountable I followed the course you suggest but this is the ultimate betrayal of a foundational policy and the entire party will need to pay if they do this.

          If they do this, they will have disconnected the 3rd rail, more cuts will come, and Medicare and Social Security will go off the cliff in the train wreck of the New Deal.

      •  Harkin is doing the right thing (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        WakeUpNeo

        He's not responsible for how Franken and others choose to vote in the Senate.  

        I, for one, am happy to donate to his campaign and appreciate his efforts.  He's one of our best Dems in the Senate.

        Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

        by Betty Pinson on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:25:21 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  While Obama institutionally cannot do much (0+ / 0-)

      As President, he holds an incredible amount of influence. There's a reason he's working hard for the tax side of the deal, urging his supporters to call their representatives. If we could have that mobilization towards strengthening Social Security and Medicare as well, it would be great.

      Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

      by MrAnon on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 05:33:36 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  and what happens when Obama and Boehner (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      bear83

      get cozy over some pro-austerity supply-side nonsense?

      will you support the Senate in telling Obama to take that deal and shove it?

      B/c that's what it might come down to.

      There are some things that are unforgivable. Your willingness to play political games while people suffer and die is one of them--Onomastic

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 05:36:02 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I think Harkin knows best (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      poopdogcomedy, WakeUpNeo

      We can trust his judgement and expertise in know who is driving the bus for Dems on these negotiations.  He's been around quite a while.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:23:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Ruh roh (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Stude Dude

    Hope he doesn't know something we don't.

  •  Thanks for spreading this. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    The Hamlet, WakeUpNeo

    I got two emails directing me to Harkin's petition (one via MoveOn and one via the Iowa Democratic Party). There's  also a diary on this posted at Bleeding Heartland.

  •  Poopdogcomedy (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    pundit

    Have any other Senators spoken in favor of Mark Begich's plan? It would be awesome if we could have that as our "concession" in the fiscal cliff. It will be very difficult for Republicans to oppose it - Social Security is the most popular government program of all time.

    Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

    by MrAnon on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 05:36:15 PM PST

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site