Wednesday, July 20, 2011

[PDI] FW: The Raw Deal?


-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Bletzer <>
Sent: July 20, 2011 4:05 PM
Subject: Fw: The Raw Deal?

Dear Friends and Family,
I'm sure most of you are smart enough to see through the media and political hype that refers to Social Security as an "entitlement program".  Social Security is NOT an entitlement program. It is an INSURANCE program that we have ALL paid into with contributions from our employers.  The 'Baby Boomer' generation was the First generation to fully fund, not only our own Social Security benefits, but those of our parents as well.  When Reagan realized he could not fund all the tax cuts to his wealthy buddies; he started looking for other sources of revenue.  Alan Greenspan told him he could move money from (ie RAID) the Social Security trust fund to fund other government expenses without it showing up as deficit spending.  Reagan jumped at chance, as has every president since, to raid this fund and collectively our political leaders have LOOTED 2.7 trillion dollars from this fund!!  Now they want to CUT Social Security and Medicare benefits.  THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE!!!  There are so many other ways to raise this revenue. 
Please check out the email below and consider signing the petition and calling Obama's office and your members of Congress; as I have done.
Best Regards,
Jon B. 

--- On Wed, 7/20/11, Dennis Kucinich<> wrote:

From: Dennis Kucinich <>
Subject: The Raw Deal?
Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 1:34 PM

The Raw Deal?
Dear Jonathan Bletzer,

"A Big Deal."

That's what the White House has been fighting for the past few weeks in negotiations over raising the debt ceiling. It was a search for a "compromise."

And so yesterday, President Obama applauded the gang of six "compromise" based on, as he explains, "shared sacrifice and everybody ... giving up something."

The only thing being compromised is the Administration's values. This deal cuts Social Security and threatens Medicare and Medicaid, selling out those who need help the most, America's children, poor and elderly - all while taxes are being cut.

Our message is simple: cutting Social Security which has nothing to do with the debt ceiling is not a "big deal" we can accept, it is a bad deal we must reject. Please sign my petition now, and forward it to 10 of your friends:

Do not let them disingenuously fold the issue of Social Security - which is solvent through 2036 - into raising the debt limit. Do not let them move the ball so far down the field that a "compromise" has become a politically friendly term for caving in on the very cornerstone of our Party and - more importantly - on well established principles of economic and social justice in America.

The more details that emerge, the worse the picture gets. While our unemployment remains perilously high and families are suffering, instead of a roadmap for recovery we are receiving directions towards another depression. Any "deal" that ignores the massive economic challenges of this country and balances the budget on the backs of children, seniors and the poor is not moral. In a lifetime, will our party have journeyed from the New Deal to the Raw Deal?

I hope you can help me through insisting that Congress find a more fair and just compromise. It would be helpful if you sign the petition and circulate it to your contacts.

With respect,

Dennis Kucinich
PO Box 110475 | Cleveland | OH | 44111 | 216-252-9000
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