News outlets and early Presidential primary and caucus states have taken notice of AARP’s Take a Stand campaign announced last week. "We're asking candidates who are running for the highest office to take a stand for how they will update Social Security," said Todd Fahey, state director at AARP New Hampshire, in a Public News Service article.
The title of the undisputed hit song of this past summer, before the government shutdown, Blurred Lines,* lacks a reference to Congress (or rest assured it would have been a dud). But it captures what politicians and others in Washington have done in the hopes that voters don't catch them causing damage to our lives and the broader economy.
It's news these days that the President has dinner with members of Congress. Had President Obama enjoyed more meals or even an occasional beverage with some members of Congress in both parties, he might have found out that putting the Chained CPI in his budget could derail his entire legislative agenda because of the passions roused in both Democrats and Republicans against the proposal.
This week AARP highlights the financial losses veterans would face if a COLA cut known as Chained or Superlative CPI ever became law. It seemed unlikely that after setting such a different agenda, rumors would still persist that the President wants to cut benefits for children, veterans, people with disabilities, widows, and older Americans in his budget. If the President also thinks that making such a proposal doesn't doom his chances to win the House back from GOP control, we all may get to see the result of a proposal that makes drastic cuts to veterans' benefits-no way to thank them for their service to our nation. Tom Tarantino, from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America ( IAVA) may put it best when he says "Don't go to the people who have sacrificed the most for this country because it's a slap in the face."
AARP continues our series of ads about the importance of Social Security. This week we focus on Americans with disabilities because the President and some in Congress stand willing to cut their benefits. In fact, as AARP notes with more specifics below, if you're a man or women who defended this nation, your benefits might be slashed twice by the proposal known as Chained or superlative CPI.
The Social Security benefit cut known as Chained CPI remains a piece of the deficit puzzle for reasons that baffle conservatives, veterans, progressives, and almost everyone in between. The $85 billion in sequester cuts for 2013 have begun and many in Washington have still said they're willing to cut the modest Social Security benefits we've earned by $127 billion over 10 years, even though Social Security by law remains separate from the budget and its deficit. Let's give every woman and anyone who has or has ever had a mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, aunt or girlfriend a reason to despise this wretched proposal.
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