MoveOn scolds Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders vows to fight him. The latest ‘bargain’ with the right wing.

“I am terribly disappointed and will do everything in my power to block President Obama’s proposal to cut benefits for Social Security recipients”

– Senator Bernie Sanders

“Millions of MoveOn members did not work night and day to put President Obama into office so that he could propose policies that would hurt some of our most vulnerable people”
– statement from Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org

My take on it:  The Democratic Party wants to send a message that they are just as conservative as my father’s Republican Party. In so doing, they draw moderate Republicans who are becoming ever more repulsed by the Republican party of today. This is a gift to the next Dem. Party candidates for president – and by that, you know I really mean Hillary Clinton.

What to do? Do not hide under your old copies of the Port Huron Statement or something. You need to do something. SOMETHING.
Sign the petition I’m sharing with you.
Or sing.
Or picket.
Or. . .  you fill in the blank.
This is your country.
Don’t f***ing give in.
Thank you.

PETITION: “No Budget Deal on Backs of the Elderly, the Children, the Sick and the Poor” (33249 signatures as of 8AM CST 4/6/13)

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Senator Bernie Sanders vows a fight against President Obama’s “grand bargain” with the GOP which includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare. It is considered to be basically the same plan he offered House Speaker John Boehner at the end of 2012.

As to why Obama would do this:
“A senior administration official said on Friday that chained CPI will be offered in the hopes of getting Republicans to bend on closing tax-cut loopholes for top earners to create revenue and lower the deficit.”

Greg Sargent at Washington Post looked at it this way:
“The idea is to demonstrate once again that one party is willing to compromise to replace the sequester and reduce the deficit, and other isn’t….”

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement on April 5th in response to President Obama’s proposal to cut benefits for Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and others: -source

“I am terribly disappointed and will do everything in my power to block President Obama’s proposal to cut benefits for Social Security recipients through a chained consumer price index. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I also am especially concerned about the impact this change would have on disabled veterans and their survivors.

“The Senate just last month went on record in opposition to the president’s approach. In poll after poll, the American people are overwhelmingly against cutting Social Security. And organizations representing a broad spectrum of millions of Americans from the AFL-CIO to the American Legion to AARP to NOW have urged the president not to make this terrible mistake.

“This is not a minor tweak, as its proponents contend. Under Obama’s proposal, according to the Social Security Administration, 65-year-old retirees would lose more than $650 a year by their 75th birthday, and more than $1,000 a year would be cut from their benefits once they reach 85. The proposed change would also affect more than 3.2 million disabled veterans receiving disability compensation benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans who started receiving V.A. disability benefits at age 30 would have their benefits reduced by $1,425 a year at age 45, $2,341 at age 55 and $3,231 at age 65. Benefits for more than 350,000 surviving spouses and children would also be cut.

“I remember when Obama said he was concerned about retirees struggling to get by and was unequivocal in his opposition to cutting cost-of-living adjustments. On September 6, 2008, then Sen. Obama spoke to the AARP 50th anniversary convention. ‘John McCain’s campaign has gone even further suggesting that the best answer for the growing pressure on Social Security might be to cut cost-of-living adjustments or raise the retirement age. Let me be clear. I will not do either.’

[here is the video Sen. Sander references]

“I also hope the president follows up on another suggestion that he made during that campaign and gets behind my legislation to raise the cap on income subject to the payroll tax, extending the life of Social Security for generations to come without the need to cut benefits or raise taxes on the middle class.

“Yes, we must move forward on deficit reduction, but it must not be done on the backs of some of the most vulnerable people in this country.”

Related readings:
Proposed Changes to Social Security’s Cost-of-Living Adjustment
What Would They Mean for Beneficiaries?

by: Gary Koenig, Mikki Waid, from: Public Policy Institute, October, 2012

The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 from WhiteHouse.gov

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