Whacking the Old Folks! “lesser people”?

From MoveOn organization email today:

If any of this bothers you you might want to consider chipping in a few bucks to the fight.

Go here to contribute: https://pol.moveon.org/donate/deficit_commission2.html?bg_id=hpc5&id=21761-13827935-U.yQGtx&t=4

There’s a showdown coming in Washington. On one side are conservatives and the Blue Dog Democrats. Most of them supported Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy and two unfunded wars.1 But now, they say, we have to focus on the deficit—even if it means cutting Social Security and leaving millions of Americans jobless for years.2

there is a disturbing pattern of conservative fear-mongering on Social Security that is ramping up each day. Most recently it was Republican Leader, John Boehner followed by several other Republican congressmen. And before that former Senator Alan Simpson, the head of a commission that will make recommendations on Social Security this fall, called Americans who rely on Social Security "lesser people." Here’s the scary part: the conservatives are winning hands down. They’re spending millions of dollars to push their position and hoping that the president’s new deficit commission—which is stacked with conservatives—will strike a deal to cut Social Security before the end of the year

Consider data that illustrates what it costs to retire and compare it to the federal poverty level. The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (Elder Index) captures the cost of basic needs in retirement, including housing, health care, transportation, food and miscellaneous essentials. On average, a single elder who rents needs a little over $20,200 each year, according to the Elder Index. The federal poverty measure is just $10,830 – almost half of what it really costs to live in retirement

Who Are the "Lesser People"? What the Fiscal Commission Needs to Hear About Poverty

1. "An Incoherent Truth," The New York Times, July 26, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=88891&id=21761-13827935-U.yQGtx&t=5

2. "Big Lies and Social Security: Peter Peterson’s Retirement is Secure," AlterNet, October 16, 2007
http://www.alternet.org/economy/65341/

"Blue Dogs took up the fight for doctors’ pay as poor lose health coverage," The Washington Post, June 2, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=88892&id=21761-13827935-U.yQGtx&t=6

Whacking Old Folks | The Nation http://bit.ly/dqBMzV – SCARY SHIT! Obama, please don’t sacrifice the powerless to court the wealthy jerks http://www.thenation.com/article/whacking-old-folks

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