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Many here, and not only seniors, are angry about Chained CPI.  According to one poster on DailyKos this morning commented:

Based on the ANGRY callers I'm dealing with at Social Security's 800 number, Obama is going to get a very rude wakeup call on November 5th 2014 when the Republicans get the Senate and gain a bunch of seats in the House.I haven't heard so much anger directed at a President since the Catastrophic Care fiasco. And this is dwarfing the Teabaggers opposition to Obamacare. The anger is non-stop and it's really at a toxic level. Caller after caller goes into overdrive with racial slurs and profanity aimed at Obama and the Democrats.

Me? Lets just say I have no love left in my heart for a man who froze my pay for the past three years, cut my pension by 13% by eliminating locality pay from my Civil Service pension calculation, and now wanting to increase the amount thaen out of my paycheck to pay for my pension from 7 to 12%.

This is annectodal and surely the poster highlights the worst of what he's hearing.

I also read that  AARP has a survey showing that majority of seniors polled are opposed to the Chained CPI

AARP Home » Politics » Government & Elections »Older Voters Oppose Sw...
Older Voters Oppose Switch to Chained CPISurvey shows overwhelming majority wants Social Security 'off the table' in budget talks
and as Joan showed on the FP this morning they don't just get mad they get even.
Lets put the rabbits on the run!

Thanks to Joan for reminding me of the power of seniors.

My  anger at Obama and the corpadems has been eating away at me since the tax deal and the sequester.  Got to channel that into action.

After reading numerous explanations of how Chained CPI could become law even though some are saying it could never happen  (heh. See sequester) have been looking for some ways to push back.

What are your favorite ways of pushing back against the Chained CPI budget fail?

Please share them in the comments below.

Some AARP Tools / Graphics
I 'like' this Facebook post :

 photo Facebook-Share3-Non_Promoted.jpghttp://blog.aarp.org/...  HT to Jim P for this find.

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Paste it on your Facebook newstream?  

No do Facebook?  Understand.

 Let your fingers do the walking and call your Senators!

Here's an ad to inform Vets

 photo 31413-Chained-CPI-veterans-ad-high-res-749x1024.jpg

Let's do this, stop this fail.  Senators can, and should,  get the Pres to walk this back.

For the sake of our party. Today, in The Nation

Obama's Chained-CPI Social Security Cut is Smart Politics... For the GOP

http://www.thenation.com/...

For the sake of seniors, their kids and grandkids who will be paying the price in suffering with these cuts.  

Even many recent college grads  forced to live at home will be VERY aware of the meaning of these cuts if we don't stop them.

11:53 AM PT: I put it in the comments, but include it here as well. In addition to Senators, kos has a good idea about letting the Dem leadership know as well

Sign the petition telling Democratic Party committees to stop supporting chained CPI and other cuts to Social Security.   http://campaigns.dailykos.com/...


Originally posted to divineorder on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM PDT.

Also republished by Social Security Defenders.

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  •  We need to build a coaltion-fast! (13+ / 0-)

    To vehemently oppose any budget proposal that supports cuts to our earned benefits. Whether our benefits come from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

    If Not Us, Who,..... If Not Now, When?

    by VirginiaBlue on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 11:03:57 AM PDT

    •  Agree, Virginia Blue. (6+ / 0-)
      To vehemently oppose any budget proposal that supports cuts to our earned benefits. Whether our benefits come from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.
      Veterans, too!

      Thanks for commenting and action.

      Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

      by divineorder on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 11:08:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  And Virginia Blue I was heartened to see the (4+ / 0-)

        coalition of Vets groups listed on that AARP ad up in the diary.

        We need more of this.

        I like the coalition Strengthen Social Security http://strengthensocialsecurity.org/

         

        Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

        by divineorder on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 11:34:59 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Oh and AARP post had a great list for vets (0+ / 0-)

          use in educating others about

          Below are AARP’s Top 5 reasons why the chained CPI is bad policy for veterans:

              It’s a benefit cut. The chained CPI is a significant benefit cut, not some “technical change” as some in Washington would like you to believe. With almost 1.5 million veterans living below the poverty level, every dollar cut has a huge impact.
              Cuts get deeper every year. The chained CPI would cut benefits more with every passing year, costing veterans thousands of dollars over their lifetimes with the highest cuts coming at the time when veterans are older and rely on benefits the most.
              It’s less accurate. The chained CPI assumes that when the cost of something you normally buy goes up, you will substitute a lower-cost item. This theory falls short since many older and disabled veterans spend much of their money on basic goods like heath care items that rise faster than inflation and don’t have lower-cost substitutes.
              Disabled veterans will face deep benefit cuts. Disabled veterans will see a greater share of these cuts since they rely on these benefits starting at a younger age and for longer periods of time than others. Under the chained CPI, a 30-year old veteran with severe disabilities would see his or her veterans’ benefits reduced annually by $1,425 at age 45, $2,341 at 55 and $3,231 at 65.
              Older veterans would be hurt twice. Since Social Security and veterans benefits will both be cut by the chained CPI, older veterans would be hurt twice by the cut. A 65-year old veteran would see his or her veterans’ benefits reduced annually by $1,029 and Social Security benefits by $1,422 at 95, when benefits are needed the most.

          Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

          by divineorder on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 01:51:00 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Kos just sent an email action suggestion (8+ / 0-)

    Kos :  

    Republicans smell Democratic blood on Social Security‏

    ...., click here to sign our petition telling all Democratic Party committees to stop supporting chained CPI and other cuts to Social Security.

    Stepping on the third rail of politics, President Barack Obama introduced a budget that makes cuts to Social Security. Republicans, sensing a golden political opportunity, are now attacking Democrats for promoting Social Security cuts.

    Unfortunately, the response to these attacks from some major Democratic Party committees has been either to whine that Republicans proposed cutting Social Security first (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee), or to just endorse President Obama's budget and say it doesn't cut Social Security as much as Paul Ryan's (Democratic Governor's Association).

    A Social Security cut is a Social Security cut, no matter who proposes it. Heck, it's worse when proposed by Democrats. We expect Republicans to slash the safety net. But Democrats? If we stand for anything at all, we stand for taking care of each other.

    Sign the petition telling Democratic Party committees to stop supporting chained CPI and other cuts to Social Security. The best way to protect our seniors and to deflect Republican attacks is to reject any cuts to Social Security, no matter who proposed those cuts.

    Keep fighting,

    Markos Moulitsas
    Founder and publisher, Daily Kos

    Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

    by divineorder on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 11:22:14 AM PDT

  •  What tool? (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm confused. I thought your post was going to be about a petition or something.

  •  This is why congressional Dems (8+ / 0-)

    need to get their shit together like, NOW, and come out against this, not fiddle-fuck around and let Republicans preemptively define their positions for them:

    Obama is going to get a very rude wakeup call on November 5th 2014 when the Republicans get the Senate...




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 11:53:54 AM PDT

    •  DeadHead I could not agree more. (5+ / 0-)

      kos says they are already 'smelling blood' .  You know that they will be rallying the elderly base.

        We did not need this fight. At all.

      But fight it we must.

      Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

      by divineorder on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 11:56:52 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  "I" agree with you DH, but it appears that "first" (1+ / 0-)
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      divineorder

      the progressive community has to convince Dems , including some members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, or CPC), that the Chained CPI is a BAD DEAL!

      Check out this post from Common Dreams, by Norm Solomon:

      The bulk of the [US House] Congressional Progressive Caucus, or CPC have refused to sign a pledge initiated by CPC Reps Alan Grayson and Mark Takano, that declares that the 'signers' pledge 'to vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits -- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.'

      According to Solomon, '47' members of the CPC have refused to take the pledge.

      They are:

      Karen Bass
      Xavier Becerra
      Earl Blumenauer
      Suzanne Bonamici
      Michael Capuano
      Andre Carson
      Donna Christensen
      Judy Chu
      Yvette Clarke
      William “Lacy” Clay
      Emanuel Cleaver
      David Cicilline
      Steve Cohen
      Elijah Cummings
      Danny Davis
      Rosa DeLauro
      Donna Edwards
      Sam Farr
      Chaka Fattah
      Lois Frankel
      Marcia Fudge
      Janice Hahn
      Jared Huffman
      Rush Holt
      Michael Honda
      Sheila Jackson-Lee
      Hakeem Jeffries
      Eddie Bernice Johnson
      Joe Kennedy III
      Ann McLane Kuster
      John Lewis
      David Loebsack
      Ben Ray Lujan
      Carolyn Maloney
      Ed Markey
      Jim McDermott
      George Miller
      Gwen Moore
      Jim Moran
      Eleanor Holmes Norton
      Frank Pallone
      Ed Pastor
      Chellie Pingree
      Mark Pocan
      Jared Polis
      Charles Rangel
      Lucille Roybal-Allard
      Linda Sanchez
      Jan Schakowsky
      Louise Slaughter
      Bennie Thompson
      John Tierney
      Mel Watt
      Peter Welch

      [Updated on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 03:57]

      [Hat Tip:  Norman Solomon, Time to Bell the Obama Cat,

      Published on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Common Dreams.]

      I will check for updates of this list, and post as a comment in the 'Grand Bargain' group, if one becomes available.

      The fight is on!

      Please burn up the phone line to the White House, to Speaker Boehner's Office, and to Capitol Hill, AND ESPECIALLY THE CPC MEMBERS LISTED ABOVE, and ask them to 'keep their hands off'  of all of our social insurance programs!

      Here's the White House Comment Line (live and recording):  

      1-202-456-1111

      Here's two Capitol Hill phone numbers (for Speaker Boehner, our Senators and US House Representatives):

      1-866-220-0044
      1-202-224-3121

      [These are current numbers.]  

      We have got to 'keep these Representatives honest.'

      So please, everyone, give a 'shout out' to your Reps and Senators (and the Administration and Boehner) next week, even if they are not on this list.

      [I apologize for 'the length' of this comment, LOL!  I thought that it was worth noting which 'progressive' lawmakers are unwilling to stand up on the side of the American People on this issue!

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      hiddennplainsight

      by musiccitymollie on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 07:21:41 PM PDT

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  •  This is not the Congress to make a deal with. (8+ / 0-)

    Personally, I have always felt that Obama should tell the truth, stand up for what's right and let the chips fall where they may in the next election.

    Republicans were as popular as gonorrhea in November 2008. Obama has been giving them mouth-to-mouth (or mouth to something) since the day he was elected.

    He led the Democratic Party to defeat in 2010 and he's trying to do it again in 2014.

    It is INEXCUSABLE that he is trying to make a long-term deal on Social Security with people who oppose things they used to support just so they can deny him a victory. INEXCUSABLE.

    If Obama were fit to lead the Democratic Party, he would write off this Congress and CRUSH the Republicans in 2014. But the fact is, by his own admission, he's a 1980s Republican at heart. In fact, he called their views "mainstream."

    "The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican."
    Source: http://abcnews.go.com/...

    A man like that should NEVER have been nominated to lead the Democratic Party. Never. But all that ass-kissing of Republicans throughout Obama's sorry excuse for a presidency can sure be explained by that quote.

    He's not a bad negotiator. He believes in the agenda of the 1980s Republican Party.

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by expatjourno on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 11:56:57 AM PDT

    •  John Nichols at the Nation (5+ / 0-)
      If Walden was merely a Republican backbencher representing a retirement community, or if he was a freshman congressman from a swing district, his remarks would be dismissed as a predictable exercise in political self-service.

      But Walden is no newcomer to the House, or to high-stakes political campaigning.

      He’s one of the savviest political players in Congress. A veteran state legislator who managed congressional campaigns before his own election to the House in 1999, he “gets” how to win elections in competitive regions and states. And his fellow Republicans recognize this reality: He chaired the House Republican Leadership through 2010 and, when Republicans retook the chamber that year, he chaired the House Majority Transition Committee.

      Walden is now the head of the National Republican Campaign Committee, meaning that he is responsible for making sure that Republicans hold their House majority in 2014. That explains why Walden is ripping the president’s decision to go with “Chained-CPI.” And it explains why austerity opponents are ripping Walden – they fear any tears in the fabric of fantasy that suggests only a cuts agenda (as opposed to a growth agenda) can balance budget.

      Walden is not reading from the “Fix the Debt” playbook.

      He is interested in winning elections.

      And he knows that a Democratic president talking about Social Security cuts is a winning issue for Republicans.

      A cynical winning issue, to be sure. But a winning one all the same.

      But you know, what I am REALLY interested in now is how to turn this boat around....

      You?

      Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

      by divineorder on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 12:08:47 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I mostly agree with this thoughtful (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      expatjourno

      comment, except this:

      But all that ass-kissing of Republicans throughout Obama's sorry excuse for a presidency can sure be explained by that quote.
      It seems a bit hyperbolic. Are you going to repudiate everything Obama has accomplished during his term? It's quite a formidable list, after all, even if he has really let us down at points, too.

      I don't know where you were before Obama was elected in 2008. Myself, I never idealized him; I always viewed him strictly as a politician, from when I first heard his name. So I can't say I'm shocked by his latest noises about SS. Dismayed, disappointed, even alarmed, but not shocked.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 12:21:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Oh, the FISA betrayal and his lies about it... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        divineorder

        ...made it clear to me who he was.

        Nothing he has accomplished approaches the appalling destruction he wrought in Iraq and Afghanistan by continuing Bush's wars, his destruction of Constitutional civil liberties, to the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Amendments in particular, his sadistic confinement in Gitmo of detainees who have been cleared, his giveaways to the banking, pharmaceutical and health insurance companies or the environmental catastrophe he is about to set in motion by approving Keystone XL.

        Just last week, Senator Warren showed that Obama's cronies at OCC are protecting banks at the expense of homeowners.

        It took a lot to make Nixon look like a model of humanity and rectitude, but Obama has done it.

        Yeah, he signed Lily Ledbetter after Congress passed it again. And he supported DADT repeal after a majority of self-described conservatives came around to favoring repeal. And he dropped his defense of DOMA shortly before the majority of the American people came out in favor of equal marriage rights. But even for those smaller achievements, there are things like the torture of Bradley Manning or the war on whistle blowers.

        So I'll stand by the sentence you quoted.

        What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

        by expatjourno on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 10:25:09 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Great news, tipped and wrecked... (4+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, JesseCW, cocinero, Eyesbright

    It's time to give the democrats a wake-up call. The more I think about NRCC chairmen Walden's early attack on democrats for SS cuts than angrier I become...

    Our leaders are zombie-walking us into a trap!

  •  When I was in middle school, (4+ / 0-)

    a girl named "Theresa" became furious with a boy named "Alan" in the middle of class, perhaps over a careless remark. "Theresa" got up from her desk, went over to "Alan," forced his head into his desktop with one hand, and started vigorously pummeling his back with the other fist.

    The teacher said, in his slow, measured way, "I think he's got the message, Theresa."

    Makes me think of the public reaction to the Obama Social Security debacle.

    "I think he's got the message, folks."

    Does my heart good :)

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 12:12:43 PM PDT

    •   Whoa, karmsy, I am a 'recovering educator' (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      karmsy

      (retired HS teacher) and hope that I would have been as creative in dealing with that conflict as that teacher!

      What do you think our next action steps should be to overcome this Chained CPI ?

      Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

      by divineorder on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 12:23:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Obama has determinedly NOT gotten the message (3+ / 0-)
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      divineorder, jbsoul, karmsy

      thus the continued pummelings. As long as he remains hellbent on sticking the knife in the backs of the most vulnerable, count on them to continue. I.e., count on them to continue the rest of his presidency because sticking the knife in the backs of the weakest Americans to strengthen to the most powerful has been his MO from day 1.

      "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
      Platform of the Neo-Democratic Party
      Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

      by Sanctimonious on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 01:17:30 PM PDT

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  •  So many people (3+ / 0-)

    conveniently forget that the things you list(below) have already happened. So forgive me if I am skeptical that they can't continue their attack

    "Me? Lets just say I have no love left in my heart for a man who froze my pay for the past three years, cut my pension by 13% by eliminating locality pay from my Civil Service pension calculation, and now wanting to increase the amount thaken out of my paycheck to pay for my pension from 7 to 12%."

  •  Best argument. (1+ / 0-)
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    divineorder

    Elder care and medical care (with reasonable costs) create American jobs.
    Many of those jobs are good paying jobs with benefits.

    Many of those jobs are very good paying jobs.

    Many of those jobs are in rural small towns and cities and are some of the only jobs in those kinds of areas that have insurance and retirement benefits.

    There really is not loser if insurance costs are gotten under control.  Like the VA does.

  •  I believe the bit about locailty pay is wrong (2+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, Eyesbright

    Talking about this:

    cut my pension by 13% by eliminating locality pay from my Civil Service pension calculation
    I assume this is stating that the President has/will propose that CONUS region-based locality pay would no longer be used in determining high-3 for pension calculation. If that were true, it would certainly be a harsh cut for Feds who retired in DC, New York, San Francisco, etc.

    Thing is, I can't find anything about this anywhere. Not to mention I haven't heard anything about it at work.

    Sounds like just a nasty rumor to me, although if anyone has a link to show that I'm wrong, please post it.

  •  Run away, run away Dems (1+ / 0-)
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    divineorder

    The Dems really planted their foot squarely in a cow pie this time.

    Luv that video of Rostenkowski Running from Seniors. hahaha. I'd like to shake the hands of every one of those seniors.

    Obama Style Justice: Make 99% of Bush Tax Cuts Permanent. Then cut Senior's Social Security to pay for it. Hey Grandma, F#@K YOU!

    by CitizenOfEarth on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 01:23:21 PM PDT

  •  what it means to "those seniors" (2+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, jbsoul

    Studying what the Chained CPI can do to those who are already living on their meager Social Security benefits makes me wonder what ever is he thinking.  My mother-in-law has trouble making ends meet now and would love for her to continue to be independent but this cut to her pension is going to have some serious side effects.

    Thanks for all the suggestions that have come from those reading the diary and the AARP and diarist as well.

    'If you are curious, you are not bored. If you are bored, you grow old.' Lillian Gish

    by Jakkalbessie on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 01:46:54 PM PDT

  •  Great, great diary, divine order! (1+ / 0-)
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    divineorder

    Thanks so much for sharing all this info and ways to fight back against Chained CPI.

    "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." - from the prophet Jeremiah

    by 3goldens on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 02:17:25 PM PDT

  •  well IF the Repugs should by chance retake the (1+ / 0-)
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    Senate in 2014, and I say God Forbid, then we all better plan on going into overdrive to save the safety net, because I will then hope the Dems retake the House, because I do not trust the Guns Over People Party one bit. Remember Ryan and his plans on Medicare????? No thank you!

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