What's unnerving is that, in this story, some Dems are the villains (or the villain-enablers) while others are trying to rescue the situation. The following comes from Russ Feingold, speaking as head of Progressives United:
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Tell the super committee: No cuts to Medicare and Social Security, or no deal.
It's a disaster in the making: Late last week, Democrats on the deficit "super committee" proposed making huge cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits, two of the most effective social programs in our nation's history and something millions of us depend on for our health care.
It's a misguided attempt to get Republicans to agree to a deal, but it's a deal that's not worth making.
Tens of thousands of progressives have told the super committee Democrats to walk away from any deal that includes cuts to Medicare or Social Security benefits.
But it's clear that we need to step up the pressure.Click here to sign our petition to super committee Democrats: Walk away from any deal that includes Social Security and Medicare benefit cuts!
The super committee has until November 23 to recommend $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade, and that means the pressure from corporate lobbyists, the administration, and more is only going to grow.
We need to make sure Democrats on the super committee feel the pressure only progressives can bring. We need to urge them to stand by our progressive principles:
1. Ensure millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations pay their fair share of debt reduction,
2. No cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits,
3. No giveaways to corporate interests,
4. Or no deal.Sign our petition to super committee Democrats now. Tell them to stick to our principles and take Social Security and Medicare benefit cuts off the table -- or no deal.
Super committee Democrats need us to remind them, and they need us in force. That's why we're partnering with the progressives at Social Security Works on this action -- and why I hope you can step up today.
* * *Cannon here.
There is another (arguably more effective) measure you can take. Contact the Obama 2012 campaign
(312-698-3670) and tell them you won't give one dime or one vote unless Obama pledges to veto any measure that hits Medicare and Social Security. You say you didn't plan to donate anyways? Hey, you don't have to tell that to them