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This is an iPhone diary so it will be short.  I'm interested in working with other activists on pushing SS increases, not cuts, into the forefront.  I have computer access for an hour a day M-F which limits my ability to organize a group.  

I'm a SS recipient who falls $700 a month short every month.  I earn $600 of that as a Liturgical Musician.  The rest either does or doesn't come from odd jobs.  The Doesn't months are rugged, food shelf limited-driving sick to my stomach levels of fear months.  And I'm one of the lucky ones, sadly enough.  I can earn money making music, at my age, which feels nearly miraculous!  

I'm thinking about activism beyond signing petitions.  Paper and ink letters to Congresspeople count as "hundreds of people care about this."  LTE's can start conversations if they're not boilerplate, if they include real life personal stories.  I'm thinking information sharing at house parties, reaching out to local party groups, creating a band of SS warriors with facts at hand about budgets and deficits and real life survival issues.  

If anyone else is interested in doing this locally, if you have the time and energy, if you could be the online organizer please let me know.  This can't be a maybe someday issue, it's a do it now issue.  It's crucial to start pushing back hard BEFORE the House starts selling Paul Ryan's clusterfuck of a budget.

Originally posted to I love OCD on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 10:11 AM PST.

Also republished by Social Security Defenders, Pushing back at the Grand Bargain, and Bending the Buzz.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 10:11:12 AM PST

  •  Republished to Social Security Defenders. (4+ / 0-)
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    jbsoul, I love OCD, whaddaya, Roger Fox

    Letters to the editor are very effective in smaller towns where they are more likely to get published, than in the NYT.

    Holding politicians accountable is also good.  Ask your local congress person whether he/she supports the Harkin-Begich-Brown Strengthening Social Security Act next time you're at a town hall.

  •  I'll help any way I can (3+ / 0-)
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    jbsoul, I love OCD, whaddaya

    This is a looming disaster of epic proportions for most of our generation and those to come.  

    Harkin's bill is a great idea. The first strategy would be to track the two bills

    Sen. Tom Harkin's bill in the Senate S. 567

    Senate Co-Sponsors

    Sen. Mark Begich
    Sen. Sherrod Brown
    Sen. Brian Schatz

    S. 567 is currently stuck in the Senate Finance Committee

    It's in the Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy

    Majority Subcommittee Members

    Chairman
    Sherrod Brown, OH

    Democrats
    John D. Rockefeller IV, WV
    Charles E. Schumer, NY
    Bill Nelson, FL
    Benjamin L. Cardin, MD

    As you can see, having Sherrod on board as a co-sponsor could help get this bill moving.  

    One part of the strategy would be to focus on getting support from other Dems on the SFC to get some action on the Committee.  Hopefully they'll get CBO to score the bill.

    Companion bills in the House: H.R 3118 & HR 1275

    HR 3118 has quite a few co-sponsors.

    Same thing in the House - work the Committees.

    An important part of all the bills is that they require the use of the CPI-E to calculate COLAs, a measure much more accurate for elderly people.

    It's really important to frame the debate by comparing CPI-E vs Chained CPI because it forces those pushing for Chained CPI to admit their formula:

     - is a cut to SS beneficiaries, now and over the long term

    and

     - is less accurate than the CPI-E, which accurately measures the true cost of living for retired seniors.

    This battle really has to be waged on 2 fronts:

    - Working quickly to stop the WH and GOP from enacting Chained CPI in the Super Committee sessions just before the holidays.  This is their plan, hoping everyone will be too busy to notice or raise the alarm.

    - After preventing enactment of Grand Bargain/Chained CPI, push forward with Harkin's bill.

    But its most important to stop enactment of the Grand Bargain first.  It's much more difficult to undo damage from a bad "bipartisan" bill than to prevent said damage and push a better bill.

    If cutting Social Security & Medicare benefits for low income seniors is what Democrats do after they win a budget standoff, I'd hate to see what they do after they lose one.

    by Betty Pinson on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 11:50:56 AM PST

    •  Exactly, and I think we could get a lot of (2+ / 0-)
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      people outside the blogosphere involved if we have an organized group.

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 12:28:43 PM PST

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      •  Organized labor is doing a lot these days (2+ / 0-)
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        I love OCD, whaddaya

        Bless their hearts, its a pretty sad commentary on the Democratic Party when they're the only ones going to bat for low income seniors and the disabled.

        We can do some diaries, etc. here, but I doubt we could build a web site, etc. to launch a campaign of our own, with no funds.   It may be better to create a FB page or align with the current groups working on protecting social security

        AARP

        Strengthen Social Security

        Alliance For Retired Americans

        Many of these organizations create good videos, etc. that can be shared via email and social media.

        If cutting Social Security & Medicare benefits for low income seniors is what Democrats do after they win a budget standoff, I'd hate to see what they do after they lose one.

        by Betty Pinson on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 12:45:54 PM PST

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        •  I'd like to see this get sustained attention (2+ / 0-)
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          here, as well.  DKos is a thriving site with a reputation for activism.  Let's build on that, encouraging each other in local activism, keeping a tight, clear message without being simplistic, and keeping the heat on Congress in a sustained way.

          I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

          by I love OCD on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 01:07:51 PM PST

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