There are some folks working tirelessly for the greater good of families and they have set up an expedited system to trunk calls to our Congressional Representatives on this issue on November 30th. I will tell you up front that I am self-serving in this effort. I'm newly unemployed and becoming a religious woman with the incessant calling upon the poor man's insurance: a guardian Angel in constant vigil for my welfare. At some point, she is going to be otherwise occupied. You should know, however, that this is also a case of trying to get people to understand that these programs are self sufficient and have until now been spared the assault of an unbalanced economy. Policy makers are looking at tampering with a bottom line that is part of the foundation of everyone's family: what to do with Grandma and Grandpa.
You want Nana in all of your business? REALLY? It may be cute to see Alan Arkin snorting heroine in the bath room in a movie like "Little Miss Sunshine" but imagine, if you will, the proclivities of your elders playing out in your living room while you are trying to carve out a sane lifestyle for yourselves and your kids. I don't mean to scare you but these are the questions that a person needs to get real about as this legislation is being decided. I am asking you here to consider not only the integrity of independence for the elderly but also to protect the choices you have in how you can be a family. Removing or tampering with Social Security and Medicare is going to rearrange how families relate and remove options for everyone. What is the payoff for government in all of this? They get to gamble away all that here-to-for protected money that they can invest. Not all money should be invested by people who have no real consequence for their actions. Let them play with what they have already bet, lost and won back and leave off protected funds that allow for compassion in this country.
November 30 is the day before President Obama's deficit commission issues its final report – that's the one chaired by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles - so, as the NCPSSM notes, it is a toll-free Legislative Hotline for National Call Congress Day on November 30 that will connect you directly with your congressional representatives. Should email be more your style: go here.
Ronni Bennett writes:
“...perfect opportunity to let your representatives in Washington know that cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits is a one-way ticket to economic and political ruin.”To help us do that, the NCPSSM is setting up a toll-free Legislative Hotline for National Call Congress Day on November 30 that will connect you directly with your congressional representatives:1.800.998.0180
Save that number for next Tuesday and there is plenty of time for you to pass the word on your own blogs and telephone other friends and relatives too. Don't forget the younger ones – they are the people who would be most adversely affected by cuts in these programs.I urge you to do this. I know from conversations with aides to Senator Harry Reid that all phone calls to representatives and senators are tracked and counted so the more of us who telephone on Tuesday, the greater the impact.
So there you have it. If you have questions regarding how Social Security works in a succinct form, please take a moment to read Saul Friedman's Social Security the Anti-Ponzi Scheme. I thank you in advance for even considering participating and letting Washington know that this is not an issue that will be ignored politically, as they hope. Please make that call or email and request that they leave off programs that work well in this country and focus on something that sucks - like ending war, supporting sustainable industry and taking fiscal responsibility.
PS: If you would like to email your senator and need a template, contact me via email from this blog. I will be glad to send you a copy of the letter I wrote to my Legislators to use as a guide.