Congress: Don't Cut Services to the Poorest Americans
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Congress: Don't Cut Services to the Poorest Americans

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As Congress decides how to address the "fiscal cliff" - a combination of tax and budget deadlines that occur together at year’s end - they are considering cuts to programs that would hurt the poorest Americans, especially Black and Latino seniors.

Vital programs like Social Security are helping keep millions of seniors out of poverty, but millions of other seniors remain in poverty. And because people of color are more likely to have been lifetime low-wage earners, the current system fails more often for Black and Latino seniors, causing a higher rate of poverty: 19.3 percent of Black seniors and 19 percent of Latino seniors live in poverty, compared to 7.4 percent of White seniors as of 2010.

Instead of making cuts to Social Security and other programs, Congress should focus on creating solutions that help even more people who live in poverty. Solutions like raising the Special Minimum Benefit to guarantee a Social Security benefit of at least 125% of federal poverty level for individuals at full-benefit age who have worked long careers at low pay.

Sign the petition right now to urge your members of Congress to strengthen programs that help the poorest Americans, not cut them.

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    • Harriett Myers LYNN HAVEN, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      A main purpose for government is to promote the general welfare. We are a stronger nation when more of our citizens are healthy and have basic needs accessible. As a female who spent 15 years raising children I know that females also often have low income in old age.

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    • james m nordlund FARGO, ND
      • over 1 year ago

      The war on middle-class to poor, with the m.m.c., throwing truth, reality, our kids off fiscal cliff.

      The current engineering of post non-remocrat electoral victory can be aptly described as more of the same, the dino-in-chief gave the ‘08 and '10 victories’ political capital to the rems, for going on 3 years straight, almost recess appointing no one compared to what the republicans do, shirking his executive responsibility (while throwing U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice‘s being Secretary of State under the “300 buses and no drivers“, opting instead for a backroom deal with the rems and S.S. tea party to give the Senate seat vacated, by he who will be Secretary of State from MA, to Scott Brown); another example of “ebony and ivory” supremacies “working together in perfect harmony”, like when they, the bad and good cops of the supposed Christian conspiracy, collaborated for 2 decades, first covertly, to get the rems voucherizing, the dinos charterizing, what most call privatizing, the RalphiNader would call corporatizing, which I think is more like making fascist, the public school system. Yes, the the dino-in-chief, regardless of the extreme republican obstruction across the whole of Gov’t, in the dems face, became the best thing for the rem conspiracy since Reagan. All this talk by the dems, of the dems wins as “not a mandate”, while the rems are saying their losses were “a mandate”, smacks of king George and his dick Cheney’s sky bluing us while he insisted up was down, etc.. He would state, at best, background truisms, like the sky is blue, with his projections, so, at least subconsciously, people might think there’s some truth to what he’s saying, while he pathologically lied. Now, we’re used to old dems pathologically half-truthing, while the good ole’ rems used to only pathologically lie; yet, this level of mindfkng has been made old by the S.S. tea party’s insisting that the old motifs operandi of the rems, “why tell a truth when you can lie”, be replaced by theirs, “why tell any ole’ lie when you can tell an extreme one”- this while the dems have had to throw a healthy smattering of whole truths in with their half-truthing for a decade now, although this seems to be coming to an end, portended by the atmosphere of “lowering expectations” by the dems, even the progressive ones. It’s like the populace wasn’t watching for a second and all the political playas jumped 5 steps to the right before the people turned back around. Is it only an aspect of the fact that the dino-in-chief has been telegraphing that he will “cut spending”, even though it’s already been cut to the bone (while some would call it economic treason to cut social spending now, as it‘s the necessary stimulus our economy urgently needs), for 2 years now, like he suggested in his Bluedog dem proposal to avoid the ‘fiscal cliff’ the last time, which was turned down by the rems, with an expiration of “only the 2 % ‘s tax decrease”, that being a hat trick there’s no obvious way to execute- I don’t think so. Especially with the run of the mill treatment the terrorist attack in Newtown, CT is receiving. It’s important to keep in mind that one of the dino-in-chief‘s, which, for abbreviation’s sake, will now be referred to as the d.i.c., goals, putting the con back in the corporate structure’s convolution, isn’t possible without pervasive collaboration to collusion by the multi-media conspiracy, for abbreviation’s sake, it will now be referred to as the m.m.c., which has determined a re-structuring of the m.m.c., itself; with more tolerance for b.s., also resembling the m.m.c. of old; trying to slowly but surely engineer out the truth telling trend of the last decade in it. Both are clear examples of another goal of the dic and the African-American supremacy, stop the evolutionary, green, truth-telling trend, in politics, and return us to a politics of the 80’s to 90’s, where almost no dem dared tell a truth that a rem lied, etc.; and, of course, to help in that end, the rems want to return politics to the 80’s, and the SS tea party, to the 50’s- so, as you guessed it, the dic‘s “centrist, fair and balanced, tri-partisan approach” (the dic‘s labeling of what Ralph Nader‘s made-up word of corporatism is, fascism, with a keinder and gentler one), would be the 80’s. To quote the dic’s favorite campaign line, “we’re not going back”, must apply here, and now; the buck stops here, with each individual citizen of this land- we must not only dispel the continual lies of the rems, and point out the lacking nature of the dem half-truths, we must decidedly double our efforts to stop dems in their tracks when they‘re carrying water for the rems, allowing rems to mold people‘s perceptions, defining the parameters of ‘norm’ thought, and, thereby, determining consensus! An example, in M.H.P.’s news show a day after the Newtown, CT, terrorist attack in an elementary school, premeditatedly murdering 28, 20 children, the African-American supremacy suggested many things that were contrary to each other, and demonstrated a well engineered segue to the status quo by the m.m.c.; showing progressive dems acting with a sense of urgency to frame this latest terrorism as par for the course- while presenting themselves as ingénues with all he questions, answers, including a sense of fatalism that nothing will actually get done. First, the ‘debate’, “too soon or not, to talk about gun control after a tragedy?” Well, obviously, it’s too soon, common sense would suggest a couple days of mourning be first and foremost, pointedly, for the grieving families, terrorized kids, communities, nation; yet, she thought not, showing her and her quests superior concern over this- the reality be damned, the elites (for she’s not just an African-American supremacist, she’s also a women supremacist, an academic supremacist, etc.) are finally going to get something done on her show (backed up by the d.i.c.’s statement that ‘something must be done‘, which we all must hold him to). Before I forget, note, the terrorist attack is continually headlined on her show, and referred to by her and her quests, as a ”tragedy”, while I would suggest it would be just a tragedy if the school’s budget were slashed and they couldn’t afford school supplies for the kids- lending a background air of understatement and acceptance that this is the way things are, contradicting her shows purported urgency on the subject. A non-detailed, nor emotional rendition of the 8 major “tragedies” of this nature were listed by her, matter-of-factly, where, number of (premeditatedly) murdered, giving at once a sense of need for these to be addressed, as in quite a list, and it’s commonplace now, no emotion needs to felt or expressed, it’s just trending. Then there was a lively turn when the murder rate in Chicago was brought up, hundreds a year, and she, with the hearty agreement of her guests, stated, she ‘…just wished there would be equality of outrage…’ between those Chicagoans murders and the tragedies nationally; with her guests concurrence closing that question. So, Chicago’s, mostly African-American male on African-American male, mostly economically motivated gang, murder rate being way high should be equally outraged about as terrorist attacks, specifically this one where 27 were assassinated, 20 of them small children; no bringing other large cities murder rates into the conversation, etc., that decided she moved on- I disagree, there is almost nothing comparable between the two, specifically, and the level of outrage should be decidedly higher in the case of the terrorist attacks, than in the case of the gang competition for scarcer resources of all kinds, heating up due to the bad economy, theirs, obviously, an African-American supremacist argument. Onto gun control, assault rifle ban, large magazine removal from the market, legislation destined for dustbin, Senator McCarthy, etc., doing their best anyway, etc., lead paint chips eaten in schools, bad environments in inner-cities realizing those arrested in development, lack of jobs, a culture of violence, etc.; yet, this last one was prefaced by an assertion of ‘…humanities’ pre-disposition to violence…’, a Malthusian one, if not fatalistic. First, there is no such condition in human beings, and the universal acceptance of this on the show indicates a cynicism bordering on acceptance; if a Vesuviun task lays ahead, and the status quo is not only normal, but, probable- how can they then continue to imply they not only want progress immediately, it can‘t wait for grieving, even further, they are going to realize it in this particular show? Also, why blame humanity for its violence when all sociological indicators point toward environment, not human nature, rather, lack of nurture, etc.; again, giving those African-Americans involved in a ‘culture of violence’ something of an excuse, an American supremacist argument- yet, lending a similar implied understanding of terrorists, in the understatement of all those terrorist attacks as “tragedies“, etc.. This shows how they are, in fact, detailing how they, not only are having trepidations about change and its effects on the ‘Chicago’ community, and whether it will ever happen, let alone immediately, yet, as well, they’re going along with the d.i.c.’s classify all these terrorist attacks happening in the united suck of assassins as “tragedies” over the last 4 years; as he’s, at least, co-grand-wizard of the African-American supremacy- just like the d.i.c.’s kept the terrorist attacks happening at a regular pace with his understatement, lack of action in terms of gun control (caving to his fellow dinos, the rems, S.S. tea-partiers, tripartisanshitting on our country, kids), etc., they are too. On Politics Nation show as well, they headlined it as "The Sandy Hook Shooting", an extreme understatement, a "shooting", may not even involve a fatality, for e.g., 'grandpa accidentally shot someone while cleaning his gun', would be called a shooting; a terrorist attack being called a shooting, please. For e.g., this is how the m.m.c., through cult-of-personality newscasts (a better spin than entertainment news, I’ll allow), engineers the status quo, dempublicans carrying water for the remocrats, etc.. Not to forget, how can the premeditated mass-destruction to murder of lower middle-class to poor people by cuts in social spending during a great recession be projected as “fiscal responsibility”; when the fiscally responsible thing to do would be to not cut that spending, as it is necessary stimulus for the economy? Don't we have to get rid of supremacy instead of embracing the Baskin and Robbins 21 flavor approach of the republican conspiracy? So, isn’t the dic’s “fair and balanced” approach of cutting spending to its marrow against the most vulnerable to, and hardest hit by, their supposed “economic collapse“, while only returning the rich’s taxes to Clinton years, only like FOX’s supposed “fair and balanced” news, just b.s.? How can those just feeding their families pay even more for the rich‘s crimes? Doesn’t ‘you broke it buy it’ apply? Shouldn’t we raise the top 2 %’s taxes to the level they were under their hero Reagan’s era, 50 %, instead? Also closing, NASA, except the intelligence gathering part, European, Japanese military bases, old war and too hi-tech armament programs and projects, etc.. Haven't we had enough of the dinos-in-chief's gathering the our tax $, through labeling republican war against the middle-class to poor 'fiscally responsible policies' as democratic, so, the rems can have the $ for a few unnecessary wars when they get in the Whitehouse? As well, where’s the outcries about uber-storm Sandy and climate change dictating all natural disasters are more frequent and severe in the future, etc.; the need for smarting, protecting, and greening up the national electrical grids (which would be one of many immediate solutions to a supposed fiscal cliff, a national jobs program, economic stimulus, as well as a long-term stimulus by people spending the $ they save on their electric bills, on other stuff, cutting fossil fuel use, saving eco-systems, etc., as well); urgent need for universal election reform to prevent republican national conspiratorial extremist voter suppression, obstruction, and outright throwing away of non-rem votes; etc..

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    • Janet Cowling BROOKSVILLE, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Remember your Bible Pharasees and Saducees passed by the injured man but the Samaritan stopped and helped. Also, how do you know one of these people you dont want to help isn't Jesus in disguise. Try explaining that when you get to heaven religious right.

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