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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 12:54 PM
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Sign White House Petition on Bernie Sanders bill to strenghten instead of gut Social Security
The White House has put up a petition site. We need to see how seriously they are going to take it by demanding that they protect and strengthen Social Security and other past progressive achievements rather than dismantling them at the behest of Wall St. This petition needs about 500 more signatures to reach 5,000 that the White House said it takes to get them to respond to it.

Here's my support Sanders on Social Security one:


Unlike most government programs, Social Security has its own dedicated tax and is solvent until 2036.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, in S. 1558, has proposed gradually removing the cap on income subject to the Social Security tax, which would make it solvent for 75 years, and able to pay full benefits.

Removing the cap would also make this a flat rather than regressive tax.

Support this bill and refuse to support any "reform" such as privatizing, means testing, or raising the eligibility age that would weaken it for those who need it most in the working and middle class.

Sen. Sanders reform would strengthen the program whereas anything proposed by Wall St. would would take the "security."

Washington has done enough for Wall St. It's time to protect average Americans from them.

Sign at the White House Website
http://wh.gov/4Br


If you are active in any other senior forums, spread this around.

I've got about 20 years to go before I'm one of you, but I'd like Social Security to still be around then.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 01:06 PM
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1. Given the fact that there is no credible threat to Social Security...
...maybe you should consider cranking back the hyperbole?
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 02:17 PM
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4. the credible threat is Wall Street wants it, and Obama even floated a trial balloon about cutting
benefits.

The Catfood Commission (National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform) wanted to raise the retirement age as a ''reform.''

Since the program is solvent for 25 plus years, any talk of ''reform'' other than the sort Bernie Sanders is calling for is a backdoor means to privatizing or weakening it.

I was even leery of Obama's payroll tax holiday since the reduced revenue could later be used as an excuse to cut benefits, or replacing those lost taxes with general funds would be the first step toward moving the whole thing into the general fund, making it easier to cut.

Imagine if our wars had their own revenue stream and could pay for themselves for the next 25 years--would there be any talk of defense cuts now? They run way in the red and the self-styled fiscal conservatives are usually the same pols want 100 year wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and any other country with oil reserves or pipeline routes that oil companies covet.
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 01:21 PM
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2. I'm having problems. It doesn't seem to "take" my vote (and I'm
signed in). Does this mean I've already signed this? (If you know :7)



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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 02:09 PM
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3. other people have had that problem. Maybe you need to sign out and sign in again.
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 06:14 PM
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5. K & R for Sanders' bill.
:kick:
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-11 11:55 PM
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6. thanks!
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-11 11:51 AM
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7. Done. n/t
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