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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:41 AM

The American Legion & Disabled American Veterans OPPOSE The CHAINED-CPI

SPEAK UP NOW!! Let them know that they were elected to SERVE THE PEOPLE and NOT THEIR hidden agendas.

The American Legion opposes the Chained CPI

Disabled American Veterans oppose the Chained CPI

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and leaders of The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans' organizations today denounced proposals to cut veterans' disability benefits as part of a year-end deal on deficits.

A member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and the Budget Committee, Sanders said there are better approaches to deficit reduction than slashing benefits for more than 3 million disabled veterans and their families.

"We must do deficit reduction, but not by cutting programs for people who lost arms, legs and eyes defending our country," Sanders said. "We must not balance the budget on the backs of men and women who already sacrificed for us in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Sanders' point was echoed by the nation's leading veterans' organizations.

"The American Legion understands the need to restore fiscal discipline, but it should not be done by reneging on this country's promises to its veterans who already have earned these benefits through their service to our country," James Koutz, the American Legion national commander, wrote in a letter to congressional leaders.

"America's heroes deserve better from a grateful and caring nation," Barry A. Jesinoski concluded in a letter on behalf of the Disabled American Veterans.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Gold Star wives were among 18 veterans' organizations that signed a separate letter to congressional leaders calling on them to restore fiscal discipline "without reneging on this country's promises to veterans."

A change in how the annual cost-of-living adjustments are calculated could mean that veterans who started receiving VA disability benefits at age 30 would have their benefits reduced by $1,425 at age 45, $2,341 at age 55 and $3,231 at age 65, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

In addition to disabled veterans, more than 55 million retirees, widows, orphans and disabled Americans could be affected by the switch to a so-called chained CPI, or consumer price index. According to the Social Security Administration, the change would result in $112 billion in reduced Social Security benefits over 10 years. The typical Social Security recipient who retires at age 65 would get $653 less a year at age 75 and would get $1,139 less a year at age 85 than under current law.


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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:45 AM

1. Clearly they're not being "serious"

Can't they go and buy some scratch-off lottery tickets and make up whatever they lose?


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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:46 AM

2. I called the White House (finally got through) and actually sent a snail mail letter


to Obama today...in addition to emailing several times.

But do you really think he gives a shit what we think? I don't. He's determined to do one of the cruelest and most unnecessary things I've ever seen a president do. The fact that he could even think of doing such a thing proves that he doesn't care how many people he's hurting.

I just wanted to express my opinion against what he's doing, even if that is all I can really do.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:56 PM

4. Instead of cutting social security

We should propose to double it, as this 2010 DU post explained:


Why do Democrats tend to negotiate on the Republican's terms. We talk about the fiscal cliff and the problem with social security. We should talk about the inadequate levels.

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Response to buzzroller (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:12 PM

7. Democrats should be seeking & promoting DEMOCRATIC solutions and remedies.

We get control of the Presidency and Senate only to turn around and surrender to republican tactics & bullying.....

Push forward OUR programs and have the VOTERS judge us on the substance and merit we bring to the table. Thats what republicans do regardless how much bellowing they hear coming from Democrats, they move forward with THEIR program......Its time we DID THE SAME!!

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