WORKERS RALLY TO PROTECT THE SAFETY NET FOR RETIREES
December 10, 2012 (San Diego)-- The mood was defiant as workers from throughout San Diego County converged at 750 B Street in downtown San Diego for a rally to protect Social Security and the rest of the social safety. This event was one of a hundred rallies held today around the nation urging Congress not to slash benefits as the "fiscal cliff" deadline approaches. Several rallies were held locally, including protests at San Diego’s Congressional members offices as well as downtown.
According to Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Central Labor Council, “We want to send a clear message to representative, that people came out in November.” Politicians must respect the will of the people and not slash benefits to retirees on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, she added. “We do not need more tax cuts, but to protect Social Security and Medicare.”
The lame-duck Congress is expected to vote before year’s end on whether to raise taxes on the wealthy, as President Barack Obama has proposed to help resolve the deficit. If no action is taken by year’s end to enact a budget and address the deficit, sequestration cuts would automatically kick in across all federal programs from Defense to Social Security and Medicare. As Republicans in Congress grapple for alternatives to raising taxes on the top 2% of earners, even cuts to such sacred cows as the mortgage tax deduction and charitable deductions have been raised as options.