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This is the email I just sent to my Congressional representatives in Congress (I'm in New York's 28th Congressional District).  In it I ask them to oppose any deal which changes Social Security in any way whatsoever.  I highly recommend that regardless of who represents you in Congress, you do the same.  If you want to use any part of my message as a template for yours, please feel free (obviously if you are represented by any Republicans this email won't be of much help to you, but you should contact them anyway to state your opposition to any changes in Social Security).

Dear _______,

Please oppose any changes to Social Security regardless of who proposes them, the Republicans or the President.  Please, speak out and say it loud and clear that you oppose changes to Social Security or any other part of the social safety net. Issue press releases stating that you fundamentally oppose any changes to social security.

I didn't vote for you and President Obama to see him agree to change social security in any way, and I am depending on you to have my back on this. Know that I, and millions of others around the country, will have your back if you stand up for us now.

If social security is changed as part of any "grand bargain" under a Democratic President's watch, do you know who people will blame? The Democrats. I can see the campaign ads right now that Republicans will run against every Democratic candidate for Congress in 2014, even those who do not vote for the proposed changes. I imagine you can too.

Vice President Biden promised on the campaign trail that Social Security would not be changed under the Obama administration.


Tell him and the President to stand by their guarantee to Americans such as me. I voted for you and Barack Obama based on that guarantee. Now is not the time for the Democrats to become the party that starts the destruction of Social Security. If a deal is made this time, more "deals" will be expected next time, and more cuts to Social Security and Medicare will be expected.

And if a Republican President is elected again, he or she will be able to point to what a Democrat in the Oval Office did as "precedent" for any future changes to the social safety net. If President Obama makes this deal, and any Congressional Democrats vote for it, the Democratic Party will suffer major damage for a generation or more. I may never see a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives again in my lifetime. And it will be much more difficult for Democrats to capture the White House because no one will believe future Democratic candidates when they promise not to mess with Social Security, Medicare, etc. Fewer people will turn out to vote for Democrats. You know this to be true.

Please tell President Obama to stop playing with matches when it comes to my "guaranteed" social security insurance benefits (I personally become eligible in nine years - assuming the retirement age is not changed - and I will need every penny), as well as other benefits for which millions of Americans have paid FICA taxes. Don't make this deal. You and every Democratic politician will regret it for the rest of your political careers if you do. Stand up for those of us who stood up and voted you into office on the guarantee that social security would not be changed. We are depending on you to stand by us, your constituents.

Thank you for your consideration,

Steven D. ___

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  •  Great letter! (8+ / 0-)

    I emailed my rep and senators this morning along with the White House.  We must be active in every way possible.  Thanks for your participation.

    being mindful and keepin' it real

    by Raggedy Ann on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 03:59:39 PM PST

    •  I did too. (3+ / 0-)
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      Steven D, aliasalias, Byrnt

      My letter (email) may not have been as good as yours, but the message was the same.  Don't go along with any social benefit program changes.  We earned these benefits, they are not entitlements.  It is no different than any insurance policy or annuity.  I'm disappointed that it is even being mentioned.  Next thing you know, we'll be back to the Rmoney plan.

      I say, give the rethugs a choice, restore the Clinton tax rates for those over $250k or cliff.  If the rethugs refuse, the next bargain point is restoring the Carter rates for those over $250k.  If they refuse, we'll go back to the Eisenhower tax rates for those over $250k.  Pretty soon, we'll have Truman tax rates, 90% of income.  At some point, the rethugs would need to agree or it will get worse.  

      "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength", George Orwell, "1984" -7.63 -5.95

      by dangoch on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 04:45:04 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I've been calling Dems all day (10+ / 0-)

    Surely to God, the Dems know it will be suicidal to cave on Social Security and to raise the base line for tax cuts.  If the Dems cave on this, McConnell and Boehner will laugh their asses off and Obama will not be taken seriously again.  

    Very sad to contemplate.

  •  They are my representatives as well (2+ / 0-)
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    Steven D, bluedust

    because my last residence in the US is now thankfully, back in Louise Slaughter's district.

    I actually worked on Louise's first Congressional campaign against the RW Neanderthal Fred Eckert, way back in 1986.  She won, and has been a truly great representative ever since.

    I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

    by Wayward Wind on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 04:21:02 PM PST

    •  Sorry...hit post before finishing the thought (1+ / 0-)
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      Steven D

      I don't think we have anything to fear from Louise on this issue, and little to fear from the Senators...

      But it is still very good to remind them that folks are watching closely...

      I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

      by Wayward Wind on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 04:25:44 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  on FDL this letter was sent to Pelosi with her (5+ / 0-)

    'suck it up' answer to people that are outraged and the person sent it in to Pelosi because s/he is in her district so it will be accepted. I'm sending it almost as is to both my Senators,Super Cat Food Murray and Cantwell.

    madcap December 18th, 2012 at 4:22 pm
    In response to  Coach Bill @ 35

    Wrote her for you. (I don’t honestly expect anyone to unreservedly endorse my own sentiments):

    I see that you are now reported as being in support of President Obama’s plan to cut Social Security benefits (via the so-called chained CPI) and that you expect your fellow Democrats in Congress to go along. No surprise, I suppose, as this has been telegraphed by Obama and the Democrats for quite some time — but my outrage is no less for the lack of surprise.

    It is — there is no other word — criminal to demand that older citizens living on a small fixed income pay for the excesses of others. That this is being done under cover of reducing the deficit when Social Security is NOT part of the deficit just adds to the cynicism and human cruelty on display here. Retirees did not crash the economy and your apparent willingness to make them pay the bill shocks the conscience.

    If you and the Democrats pull this off, believe me, I will be doing everything in my very limited power and resources to see you defeated in your next election — even if it means voting for a Republican (which I have never even dreamed of doing in my life). At least then there would be the slim hope that, later, someone might be elected who actually cares about human beings. Indeed, the Democratic Party DESERVES to be destroyed if this is where the party of FDR and LBJ has ended up.

    without the ants the rainforest dies

    by aliasalias on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 04:57:16 PM PST

  •  Excellent letter (3+ / 0-)
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    Steven D, Byrnt, bluedust

    I think you articulated my feelings much better than I could have done.

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:14:36 PM PST

  •  I contacted my Congressman, Tim Bishop, (2+ / 0-)
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    Steven D, bluedust

    and Sens Gillibrand and Schumer, too. Your message to them is excellent. Thanks.

  •  this is from G Greenwald on Nov. 7th after the (5+ / 0-)
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    election. Here's the prediction...

    So the delirium of liberals this morning is understandable: the night could scarcely have gone better for them. By all rights, they should expect to be a more powerful force in Washington. But what are they going to get from it? Will they wield more political power? Will their political values and agenda command more respect? Unless the disempowering pattern into which they have voluntarily locked themselves changes, the answer to those questions is almost certainly "no".
    Consider the very first controversial issue Obama is likely to manage, even before the glow of his victory dims, literally within the next couple of weeks. It is widely expected - including by liberals - that Obama intends (again) to pursue a so-called "Grand Bargain" with the GOP: a deficit- and debt-cutting agreement whereby the GOP agrees to some very modest tax increases on the rich in exchange for substantial cuts to entitlement programs such as social security and Medicare, the crown legislative jewels of American liberalism.
    Indeed, Obama already sought in his first term to implement sizable cuts to those programs, but liberals were saved only by GOP recalcitrance to compromise on taxes. In light of their drubbing last night, they are likely to be marginally if not substantially more flexible, which means that such a deal is more possible than ever.
    In other words, the political leader in whose triumph liberals are today ecstatically basking is likely to target their most cherished government policies within a matter of weeks, even days. With their newly minted power, will they have any ability, or even will, to stop him? If history is any indication, this is how this "fight" will proceed:
    (Read all six steps but with Nancy Pelosi's statement I think we are at stage 2...)
    STEP ONE: Liberals will declare that cutting social security and Medicare benefits – including raising the eligibility age or introducing "means-testing" – are absolutely unacceptable, that they will never support any bill that does so no matter what other provisions it contains, that they will wage war on Democrats if they try.
    STEP TWO: As the deal gets negotiated and takes shape, progressive pundits in Washington, with Obama officials persuasively whispering in their ear, will begin to argue that the proposed cuts are really not that bad, that they are modest and acceptable, that they are even necessary to save the programs from greater cuts or even dismantlement.
    And before tomorrow is over I bet we start seeing step three...
    STEP THREE: Many progressives – ones who are not persuaded that these cuts are less than draconian or defensible on the merits – will nonetheless begin to view them with resignation and acquiescence on pragmatic grounds. Obama has no real choice, they will insist, because he must reach a deal with the crazy, evil GOP to save the economy from crippling harm, and the only way he can do so is by agreeing to entitlement cuts. It is a pragmatic necessity, they will insist, and anyone who refuses to support it is being a purist, unreasonably blind to political realities, recklessly willing to blow up Obama's second term before it even begins.

    without the ants the rainforest dies

    by aliasalias on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:13:49 PM PST

  •  Please also submit your comments on the (6+ / 0-)

    White House web page for the President:  

    We cannot let this sadistic chain CPI get any more momentum except withdrawal - it is part of the eternal Republican demonic focus to destroy Social Security program. I voted for Obama, not Romney and I expect that he live up to his campaign promises to protect the middle class and the rest of us who are not in the l%. It is very, very disturbing to hear Pelosi and any democrat start to give in on our earned benefits, particularly the life-saving social security for the elderly, and elderly women most of all.  I live in NYC and a fixed income with a cut in Social Security will force me onto the street. I will end it all before that is my fate.
    Byrnt in NYC
    79 years worked since age14 and paid my dues more than some bankers have.

  •  Great letter. Thank you for taking a stand & (1+ / 0-)
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    making it known. We all need to hold our elected representatives responsible more often.

    Stop the party of Gut & Spend policies that gut our Earned Benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare and spends on tax breaks for the wealthy elite.

    by jillwklausen on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:47:20 PM PST

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