"Just as 55 million Social Security recipients are about to get their first benefit increase in three years, Congress is looking at reducing future raises by adopting a new measure of inflation that also would increase taxes for most families. Those with low incomes would be hit hardest.
"If adopted across the government, the inflation measure would have widespread ramifications. Increases in veterans' benefits and pensions for federal workers and military personnel would be smaller. And over time, fewer people would qualify for Medicaid, Head Start, food stamps, school lunch programs and home heating assistance than under the current measure."2Conservatives have never liked Social Security. Those monthly checks prove that government can be a force for good in the lives of Americans. And let's be clear what the anti-tax stuff is all about—the rich and big companies don't want to pay their fair share. They've deployed their lobbyists to push for cuts to Social Security so they don't have to pay more in taxes. We urgently need to send Congress a message that cuts to Social Security are OFF the table. Please sign and recruit other people to sign. http://www.civic.moveon.org/rebuildpetition/scsocialsecurity/ Thanks for all you do.
–Natalie, Van, Billy, Jim, Ian, Somer, and the rest of the Rebuild the Dream team
Sources:1. "Deficit Panel Seeks to Defer Details on Raising Taxes," The New York Times, November 13, 2011 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=