Today at noon various local organizations, spearheaded by People for Positive Action, will hold a multi-generational rally to encourage Rep. Owens to hold firm against demands to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid or extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. The event will be part of a multi-organizational effort at citizen lobbying of every member of the House and Senate nationwide.
WHAT: rally re: Fiscal Showdown
WHEN: Monday, 12/10 at 12:00 noon
WHERE: corner of Broad & Durkee Sts, downtown
WHO: come one, come all
The great majority of Americans will be adversely affected by a bad “grand bargain”, regardless of party affiliation. Social Security is money that was deducted as FICA, not general taxes, from every paycheck of every working American throughout their working lives, for the express purpose of saving for a secure retirement. It had no part in the deficit. It would be a grand betrayal to cut these earned benefits with the deficit as an excuse. Likewise, letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% expire is not “raising taxes”, but returning to a less regressive tax code (at Clinton-era levels).
The much-hyped “fiscal cliff” is really only a slope. There are certainly matters that need to be addressed in the near future, but not before December 31. They would be better dealt with in January, when there will be more Main-St-friendly and fewer Wall-St-beholden members of Congress. What's happening during this lame duck session of the House and Senate is actually a showdown between 2 diametrically opposed concepts of how the country should be governed. One of them is detrimental to the well-being of the great majority of Americans
It is suggested that participants dress warmly & bring umbrellas, since it may rain. To those who wish to bring signs related to taxes, the phrase “restore tax fairness” is preferable to “tax the rich”.
People for Positive Action is a group of local citizens committed to improving our civic, social, and environmental lives through education and action.