Wonder why deficit hawks in DC are trying to cut Social Security? So do we.

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about ‘austerity measures’ to manage the deficit in Washington D.C., but not much in the way of specifics. Perhaps attracting the most attention was President Obama’s Fiscal Commission, which proposed benefit cuts and increases in the retirement age. Many elected officials have been reluctant to comment on these plans — with some notable exceptions in defense of Social Security and Medicare — but those supportive of the cuts have been light on specifics and heavy on talking points.

Their reluctance to elaborate comes as no surprise. Polls show that the vast majority of Americans (across both age and partisan lines) don’t want the budget balanced on the backs of the middle class, seniors, and disabled workers. Still, some of our elected officials still don’t seem to get it.

So we’ve done them a favor, gathering up all of the polling data we could find around Social Security. As a bonus, we’ve also included some data allowing them to find out how many of their constituents utilize Social Security for retiree, survivors, or disability benefits.  Continue reading “Wonder why deficit hawks in DC are trying to cut Social Security? So do we.”

Remind your Senators: “Hands Off Our Social Security”

Yesterday, tens of thousands of people delivered the message: “Hands Off Our Social Security!” to their members of Congress. So many, in fact,  that the Capitol Switchboard became overloaded and the phones went down.

Our message is getting through loud and clear, but now is not the time to let up.

The Fiscal Commission was supposed to vote today on a plan to slash Social Security benefits. They pushed the vote back to Friday in an effort to round up the necessary votes, but many members of the Commission are still undecided.

If you have time to call your U.S. Senators TODAY and THURSDAY, please do. Call 1-866-529-7630 now. Many of you called but weren’t able to get through yesterday — please call again today.

Tell the person who answers the phone: “I am a voter/constituent living in [your state]. I am calling to tell the Senator – no to Social Security benefit cuts, no to increasing the retirement age. In other words, hands off Social Security.”

Together, we can defeat their plan will raise the retirement age to 69, cut the annual COLA, and cut benefits overall for middle-income earners by 17% to 36%.